(Closed) Help Deciding on Dress!

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
13 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

i love the 2nd dress, the price is soo good and it is gorgeous, and simple but classy.

Post # 4
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

omg, I LOVE the Jim Hjelm dress (insert dress envy here)!!!!!!!!!! Love, love, love.

However, that does sound like a lot of alterations. Can you get the dress elsewhere in your size? Even if it costs more on the ticket, it sounds like you’d make up for it in alterations costs.


EDIT: i don’t know a lot about designer dresses (I didn’t let myself look, because although I know there are bargains like the one you found, I would be the one to fall in love with the dress I couldn’t afford), but will JH let you order in petites or some sort of hollow hem thing?  Perhaps that way, even if you have to shorten a bit more and move the lace appliques, the dress will maintain more of its shape. 


Edit 2: the 3854 is gorgeous! Perhaps you should just keep looking/try that one on!

Post # 5
3126 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Personally, I love the Paloma but I think you should go with whichever one makes you feel best. However, I would NOT rush to buy a gown that needs so many alterations.

Post # 6
2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I love the second dress, but I would definitely be worried about all those alterations. Personally, I would keep looking.

Post # 8
825 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I love both your dresses! We have the same taste:) My dress is the Jim Hjelm 8863 with the bow in the back though and I got buttons added down the back as well! I love both dresses, I don’t think you should get rid of the bow on the first one, or your could just have the ribbon without the bow. Don’t feel like you have to but a dress right away though, don’t feel pressured, I got mine like 6 months before. You don’t want to rush into anything. Good luck!

Post # 10
674 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

They look very similar, but I think the Jim Hjelm is more eye-catching. I’d go with that one.

Post # 11
29 posts
  • Wedding: December 2006

Both gowns are just stunning.  I can see how it would be hard to chose. 


As for alterations, a talented seamstress can perform the alterations and keep the integrity of your gown.  Shop around, ask friends for references, look online and read reviews.  Above all chose someone with extensive bridal experience and someone you feel comfortable with.


Congratulations and make this a fun and exciting experience.


Alterations Inc

Phoenix Arizona


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Post # 12
7776 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I’m voting for the Jim Hjelm one too. The Paloma is kind of… i don’t know. It just doesn’t do much for me.

Post # 13
1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I vote the Jim Hjelm, I really like the detail of that dress and I feel the same as @zippylef about the Paloma dress, its too ordinary

Post # 15
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

lovely dress

Post # 16
5385 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I love the JH dress!

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