(Closed) "Evening Gowns" as wedding dresses? Thoughts?

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Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

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clarebeemarried:  Thanks and love this new dress!

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee

I just purchased a beige satin evening gown as a reception dress.  It is lacking the support of similarly styled wedding dresses but for the price you cant beat it.  It has a small train that really does not need a bustle but Im still putting one in as an option.  If you can find an evening gown it is a good way to go!

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I am wearing a mother of the bride dress that I saw at DB and I love it!  This pic is of the model. My fitting is in September.  I am going with a black, blue and grey color scheme. Screenshot_2016-03-26-15-48-49

Post # 21
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Bumble bee

Evening gown that I got from Macy’s -with alterations-$210. Super comfyand light for an outdoor May wedding. I added sleeves and beading at the empire waist. Also made the train wider and longer. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2027

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clarebeemarried:  I was at a wedfing over the weekend where the bride had purchased her dress from David’s bridal. She said she told the sales lady she couldn’t afford over $100 but she kept bringing her 3&4 hundred dollar ones. Her maid of honor finally went looking herself and found her a very pretty one from the prom section. You’d never known it wasn’t a wedfing gown if you were not told so. 

It was very similar to this, minus the sleeve, and they classify this as a wedding dress. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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clarebeemarried:  Are you on hautelook? Every so often they have flash sales for evening gowns that double as wedding dresses. They’ll be $500 dresses selling for $150, it’s nuts. I spend too much money there…

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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clarebeemarried:  I think nowadays anything goes but there is one rule that must be followed: you should be happy and feel beautiful on your wedding day! If this evening gown will do it for your then please go for it

Post # 26
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

The only word of caution I would have is about support. It was my experience that traditional wedding gowns were usually built with more internal structure and support than other dresses I tried on. That said, there are many bridal gowns without much support, so it really depends on the style you’re looking for. Also, bridal gowns usually have more of a train than any other type of dress, so if that’s something you’re looking for (I’m not – I’m actually cutting the train off the gown I bought), be aware that the trains will be smaller or absent. I don’t think you need to worry about wearing a veil – that would be absed purely on the aesthetic of the dress and is something you can decide for yourself.

There are a lot of good options that aren’t technically bridal gowns! Especially since you don’t need it to be white. There are usually some really lovely dresses in Macy’s – added bonus is that you can take it home that day! No waiting forever for a wedding gown to come in. I definitely second looking at bridesmaid dresses, which can be so fancy these days that many of them would be indistinguishable from a traditional wedding gown. Whatever you choose, I definitely recommend trying it on before getting your heart set on something you see online.

As for price, I definitely think you can save a lot looking at non-bridal gowns, but you mentioned $800 and there are a lot of traditional bridal gowns available at that price range. That was my maximum, and I found lots of dresses to try. That said, bridesmaid dresses can be more like $150-300 and evening gowns the same, so you could still save a bunch of money going that route. Just want to make sure you don’t think you’re priced out of wedding gowns if you did want to go that route.

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - Hunting Hill Mansion

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clarebeemarried:  the first one is STUNNING. Love it!

Post # 28
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Bumble bee

just like anything else, there is no “wrong” dress to wear 🙂 trying not to limit myself, I’ve also looked at prom dresses, quincinera (i probably botched the spelling and for some reason spellcheck doesn’t work on here) dresses, and David’s bridal has a ton of bridesmaid dresses in white and ivory. In fact, what I think is funny, is that they have a wedding dress for say about $300. Then, in bridesmaid dresses, they have the EXACT same one, that you can also get in white or ivory, for maybe $150. The one in the wedding section doesn’t look to really be different (no train or anything) so unless they are vastly different in person, it never hurts to check. I have seen several bridesmaid dresses I loved and considered getting it in ivory and have the bridesmaids were the same style, just the short version, in a diffrent dress. Who knows what will actually happen, but I love hhaving that option. 

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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mrsjansen :  Is this Tadashi? Love dresses by them! You look great.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

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clarebeemarried :  I bought my wedding dress from Unique Vintage (not in the prom section, but a white wiggle dress) and I had a great experience and was happy with the quality of the dress. I definitely troll their site now, they have a lot of pretty stuff!

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