Post # 1
I got engaged in September and I have started looking at wedding dresses. I absolutely love Hayley Paige and Alvina Valenta but you cannot find them in Belgium. I was recently in London and I decided to visit the 3 Soeurs Bridal Boutique to try on some dresses and see if it would be worthwile going to London with my mother to buy a dress.
I did not think I would find a dress I love on the first time I go shopping, nor did I believe that I would know which one was ‘the one’ after only trying on 5-6 dresses. I still want to go dress shopping in Belgium, but I think this one will be hard to top.
Here are some pictures of the dresses I tried on (we had to take them very sneakily as we were not allowed to take pictures). Which one do you think looks best? Does my favourite suit me or would you look further?
Hayley Paige – Dori
Hayley Paige – Decklyn
(sorry for the bra showing, the dress was a lot too big) I would chose this one without the stripes.
Alvina Valenta – Style 9661
And my absolute favourite
Alvina Valenta – Style 9659
And did any of you buy a dress abroad and how did you find the process?
Thanks for your opinions!
Post # 2
I think the Decklyn is my favorite, it makes your waist look INSANELY tiny and when the top is fitted it will be very flattering.
Your favorite is gorgeous as well and it would be hard to top either of those!
Post # 3
I LOVE both of the Alvina Valenta ones.
The HP ones are super nice as well but I have seen that first dress on SO many girls this year, Still gorgeous though
Post # 4
decklyn! and i love the stripes!
Post # 5
All four are gorgeous, you really had wonderful luck your first time dress shopping and don’t need to look any further.
lol you should splurge and buy all 4 and wear them everyday 🙂
Post # 6
But for more realistic opinions:
There’s something so unique about the Dory that goes beyond the silver bodice- I’m in love with this one.
The Decklyn is very flattering for your figure.
The first Valenta is ultra feminine and romantic.
The second Valenta has an amazing cut…..
….so still undecided. Yeah, get all 4 🙂
Post # 7
Thx! The only thing I miss with this one is the fluffy bottom. It didn’t feel so much as a wedding dress like the other did.
anatheanalyst : Thank you 🙂 Yes I also have that feeling that I’ve seen it a lot. My wedding is not until 2018 so I think by then I might not like it anymore. It also felt quite heavy!
Thx for your opinion. I would go for it without stripes I think. It was a bit to modern looking for me with the stripes. Even though it’s gorgeous it does not really fit ‘me’.
Haha 😀 I wish I could do that! Love the 2 Alvina’s as well 🙂 I was sure I would want a Hayley Paige but I actually prefer the other ones!
Post # 8
They all look so good on you! I don’t think you can go wrong.
I only went dress shopping once – I tried on a total of 5 dresses! I had no regrets, I got married in October and I still love my dress!
Post # 9
Ooh thank you so much
. That’s good to hear! Watching Say Yes to the Dress is my guilty pleasure and whenever someone falls in love after like 1-2 dresses I always thought what the hell, how can they choose so quickly! Now I know after you find one you really love, you don’t feel the need to try on more. And congrats on your recent wedding!
Post # 10
Oh my god PLEASE buy that last one!!!! I have never seen it before it is perfection, especially on you!
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek
I love the first dress, but all of them look great on you!
I had a very low dress budget ($200), so I couldn’t be too picky. I went dress shopping at a salon where I *knew* I wouldn’t be buying dresses; I just wanted to get a sense of which styles looked good on me. I tried on a total of 8 dresses in totally different styles/fabrics, and all of us (me, my 2 friends who went with me, my family, and my Future In-Laws (who saw photos)) all agreed on one style. I found a sample dress in that style in my size on Tradesy for exactly $200, shipped, and bought it. Couldn’t be happier with my decision!
Post # 12
Could you get a petticoat to “fluff” out the Decklyn more?
Honestly though, the one that was your favorite is gorgeous, and classic. Once it’s tailored to you I think it will have a similar effect as the Decklyn–I think the plunging neckline adds to the tiny waist effect but either way you will be stunning!
Post # 13
They all look fabulous on you! Your favorite is just gorgeous!
I bought my dress on my first shopping trip. It was the first dress I tried on and I knew it was perfect! If you love it, you should go for it!
Post # 14
Personally Dori is my favorite, buuuuuuut you look incredible in all of them!
Post # 15
I love the Alvina dresses, but any of these would look gorgeous on you. I think you found an amazing silhouette for your body so pick the one that speaks to you!