- 11 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011
So I went wedding dress shopping today for the first time. I went to three stores.
At all three I only liked lace dresses. By the 2nd store, I realized I didn’t want an all lace dress, but rather a dress that has a combo of silk and lace, when I tried on this dress http://www.palomablanca.com/ Style number 3953. This dress is around $2100.
At the last store I found this dress http://www.jlmcouture.com/Jim-Hjelm/Bridal/Additional/Style-8709 The kicker* is that the Jim Hjelm dress I found at the last store was a sample dress on sale for $800!!! (My goal was to spend a max of $2000 including alterations). Sooo I feel pressured to make a decision ASAP. Luckily I had one of the last appointments of the day, so I doubt someone snagged it in the last 45 minutes the store was open. They open at 11a.m. tomorrow, and I want to decide tonight so I can call them if I decide I want it.
As for alterations……On both dresses I would plan to add a very small amount of lace to the very top of the dress to soften the neckline.
On the Paloma dress, I would take off the the little bow around the waist line.
If I get the Jim Hjelm dress I would add buttons down the back (you know those weddingish looking buttons you see on vintage dresses), and the Paloma dress already has buttons.
Both dresses would require significant shortening, which would not be a problem on the Paloma dress because they could cut the dress and take it up in the waist area. FYI: The Jim Hjelm dress is a size 12, and I am a 6 (street size 0 or 2).The problem is that the Jim Hjelm dress cannot be taken up that way, and would need to have the bottom cut. They said still could still apply the lace to the bottom and create the same flutted look, but I’m scared they wont be able to create the same fluted look, and that it actually will change the bottom detailing a little bit.
I’d love any comments/feedback you have!
Update: On the Paloma website, I just also found style 3854, which I like a lot too.