Post # 1
I’m new to the boards but have really enjoyed reading all of your posts and it has helped me get a lot of info and ideas for my own wedding, thanks 🙂
I really need help though and you seem to have a lot of knowledge of dresses and different designers etc.
I’ve been looking for dresses for a while and spent hours looking online at dresses and in stores but can’t really find what i want so i’m hoping you can help and suggest some ideas.
I want something thats traditional but with a modern twist. I don’t really want much lace, if any either.
The best one i have found so far is this enzoani blue dress. It’s traditional but i think the neckline gives it a modern twist. What do you think of the dress? Do you like it? Please feel free to be honest.
Post # 3
I think it’s good that you’re doing research online, but you need to shop in person. You seem to be crossing over to shopping online. It’s important to go into dress shopping with an open mind because so many people are surprised–the dress they thought they wanted doesn’t work and one they’d never dream of turns out to be the one (it doesn’t help that the dress in the picture is on a 6′ model, pinned, and photoshopped like crazy–the lady in the dress above is most definitely standing on a box and her neck looks a bit stretched for example). I guarantee that the dress that will win you over is the one that looks good ON you and you can’t tell that from a picture. I love all those origami folding techniques, but I’m a shortie and on me, those dresses look like the theme to my wedding is samurai-love-in-the-future. My actual dress has rusching, which compliments me and gets close enough to the look I like.
So print out pictures of dresses that you like or those that have features you like, take them to the bridal salon and explain to the consultant what you’re attracted to. The consultant will assess your shape and help you find what you need. But you will drive yourself nuts if you try to find “the dress” online–there are way too many options and too many variables that make a difference between online and in person.
Post # 4
@wedding_2011: Ahhh I’m SO excited! When I saw the title of your post, I was going to suggest THAT VERY DRESS!!! It’s mine, so I’m a little biased. But that’s what I love about it, it’s got some timeless traditional elements, but it’s so funky on top with the pleated neckline, not to mention all the bling!
Here’s me in the sample. Mine hasn’t come in yet but it will be altere to fit closer in the bust so it won’t stick out quite so much.
Have you tried her on yet? I would love to see your pics in the dress if you have them.
Post # 5
Oh, one other thing. I agree with the poster above that pleats and folds can look odd on a shortie but I’m 5’2″ and (at least I think) the dress works on me! It is definitely important to try dresses on to see if they flatter you.
Post # 6
I’ve just sent you a message about the enzoani dress, lol.
I know i’m just trying to get an idea online before I go into shops cause i’m one of these people that will try something on, love it, buy it and then change my mind after. Thanks for the advice though I will go and have a look in stores.
Any other pics etc would be greatly appreciated. 🙂
Post # 7
Any ideas anyone? Or are there none to beat the Calistoga? 🙂
Post # 8
That’s a gorgeous dress! I was looking for the same sort of style (classic with a trendy twist) and I went with this Allure gown and I LOVE everything about it. I think it’s a good balance of modern and elegant. 🙂
Post # 9
Thats a lovely dress, I like the way the strap is kind of built into the dress rather than being sewn on if that makes sense. The backs really nice as well, a little lower than usual. 🙂
Post # 10
I ordered the Calistoga Dress, but I thought the fans on the neckline were a little too much. Enzoani also offers this exact same dress with a traditional slight sweet-heart neckline, so that’s what I did!! Whatever you decide though, it will be gorgeous 🙂
Post # 11
I am also an Enzoani bride! I loved my gown, Demi. The dresses are made really well and look amazing. I was stuck between several Enzoani’s when shopping. I like them because they were different, but not super gawdy or over the top. Good luck, you will love trying them on!
Post # 12
I’m not sure what your budget is, but Monique Lhuillier and even her more affordable Bliss line also does “traditional with a modern twist” quite well.
I also recommend Matthew Christopher and Peter Langner
If anything, these designers may help you get a better idea of what you want!
Post # 13
I think everyone wants a traditional style with a twist! And that twist is our own personal “unique” touch/personality/flair!
I think you need to go to a few boutiques, try on a few DIFFERENT styles, you will be surprised what you like online VS. what you like on your body! And that is just the truth!
BEST OF LUCK!!! :))