(Closed) Getting your wedding gown made VS buying it?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If you’re set on getting it made, I would go and try on some dresses that have a similar silhouette to make sure that you actually like something similar.

With that being said, I actually am having my dress custom made, but my seamstress is located a 12 hour drive away from me, so I will not get to try it on before she sends it to me.

Although I’m a pretty particular person, if you are HIGHLY particular, you may not want to go that route.

The dress in the picture is an Alvina Valenta gown, so maybe you want to look and see if anyone is selling it preowned on some of the preowned sites, or on Craigslist.

Post # 5
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222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I don’t know what size you are but here are some good used options.

http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/dresses/23165/Alvina-Valenta-AV9813-modified-into-9658-Size-8.html

http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/dresses/15250/Alvina-Valenta-9658-Size-4.html

http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/dresses/23276/Alvina-Valenta-9658-Size-6.html

Try on similar shaped dresses before buying it though.  I had this dress in my “must try on list” but after trying similar dresses I felt that my body didn’t look right in it.  But you will never know until you try.

Post # 6
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199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am having my dress made. I’m getting a copy of a reem acra dress that I love but would never be able to afford (~$10-15k):

Luckily my mother used to own a bridal salon where she made bespoke gowns, so I have an expert I can trust making this. Because it’s my mum doing this for me a a wedding gift, I’m not sure though how much it would cost. But the fabric alone is costing $1,000 because it is pure silk, which is expensinve and the beaded lace was like $150/meter. At my mother’s store when she had it, she would consult with clients on what kind fabric they need to get they would go out and buy it and she would charge for the labour. However, I don’t think this is always the case and dressmakers often buy the fabric and sew the dress without giving as much choice to the client.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@kventures: This dress looks easy enough to replicate. You would need to do your research on good dressmakers though because some can’t sew to save their lives. i would suggest looking into tailors that have an upmarket client base, depending on how much you want to spend. Getting a replica of a couture dress will be cheaper than a couture gown, but its still not going to be cheap. Also depends on the fabric you choose. silk is expensive, polyester is cheaper, but the good stuff still isn’t ‘cheap’.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Are you sure the dress is discontinued?  I bought mine from a bridal shop a little over a year ago for my August 2010 wedding.  It got ordered just fine.  I loved the dress, and everyone commented on how beautiful and unique it was.

I was planning on reselling mine after the wedding, but my dad spilled wine on it at the reception and after cleaning, it didn’t come completely out.  Bummer.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2002

@kventures: I dont believe this dress is discontinued either. It is still on the Alvina Valenta website, and i am trying it on tomorrow evening at a bridal boutique here in Minnesota.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2002

This dress is not discontinued.

Post # 11
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Newbee

I make dresses, and it has often been a great experience for me and the bride. I end up wsihing to see them after their wedding. But all beautiful things do come to an end 🙂

 

http://www.pantorabridal.etsy.com

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