(Closed) Found my dress, but I hate that it’s strapless

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2002

i was gunna say a yellow cardigan or yellow knit bolero would look so lovely!

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Congratulations on finding the one!  It’s lovely.  I second (third?) the idea of wearing a white lace bolero for the ceremony and then switching to a colored cardi for the reception.  Take a look at Rosa Clara’s bridal tops, they will give you an idea of what you can do!

Love your wedding colors btw.  Yellow and grey sounds awesome.

Post # 19
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I am also planning on adding sleeves or straps of some sort to whatever dress I get, so I understand your dilemma.  I really like PPs’ idea of two looks – a lace bolero for the ceremony and then something more fun and colorful for the reception.  It’ll be a fun switch, and much cheaper than being a two dress bride!

Also, congrats on your amazing deal!  That dress looks WAY more expensive than $99 🙂

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Mrs.tobe: I was thinking something like this! A nice fitted cap-sleeve bolero in a silk/satin/taffeta material with flowers or ruffle embellishments of some sort. You could get it in ivory and have the accents in yellow, or yellow and the accents in ivory, or combo grey/ivory accents, or the whole thing in a solid color — lots of room for customization!

Post # 22
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I considered this lace bolero until I had one custom-made by my alterations person: http://www.etsy.com/listing/61122781/the-lacey-bridal-shrug-white-or-ivory

There are a few I found that were similar but cheaper, if you’re on a tight budget: http://www.etsy.com/listing/71920358/white-sleeveless-bridal-alencon-lace

My biggest concern was having lace that was close to what was on my dress, so I decided to go custom (which somehow actually ended up being cheaper than the first option). You may want to check in with a local alterations person to see if they can do something.

In the end, I had something made with a keyhole back that snapped into my dress (cost ~$200):

Sorry if this is TMI–I really struggled with my bolero decision and didn’t find a ton of WeddingBee threads on the topic while I was looking, so I thought I’d share what my hours of research uncovered.

Post # 25
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Helper bee

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