Post # 1
So, here’s the situation; my fiance and I have just now set a date and started planning our wedding for 4/28/2012 so I am frantically trying to find a dress that I love that I can get in time. I found my dream dress it is Allure P890 (minus the shoulder strap), problem is I have only been able to find it at one bridal store and it’s a size 4, I need a size 10. I have literally called every allure carrier in Las Vegas, Southern Utah and 15 different shops in Southern California and this is the only one I can find. I am terrified about ordering a dress that I’ve never been able to physically try on, the bridal shops here require a 50-60% NON-REFUNDABLE deposit in which they said that god forbid I hate the dress or it doesn’t fit they would let me apply the deposit toward another dress, but the dress won’t be in till the middle-end of Feburary so that wouldn’t leave me really any time to order a new one so I would be stuck purchasing one of the samples that happen to fit me but I didn’t like ANY of them. The only other dress I SOMEWHAT like is a discontinued Maggie Sottero dress ‘CONSTANCE’ but it is NOTHING I could ever imagine myself wearing, I can’t afford to buy both dresses. WHAT SHOULD I DO?! Order the dream dress without ever being able to try it on or buy the runner up sample dress that I’m very unsure if I even like the bottom.
Post # 3
I feel like there’s a bunch of other dresses out there that look like the Allure – if you try other brands I bet you could find something VERY similar.
I wouldn’t get the Maggie. You only sorta like it.
Post # 4
I agree. Keep looking. Don’t buy/order any dress under duress.
Post # 5
I agree with KristenGettingMarried that overall design is very similar to others including several Maggie Sottero and Sottero Midgley (Adorae) dresses. You could try on those similar in style to see if you like how it looks on your body.
Post # 6
It isn’t so close to the wedding that you should start freaking out. Make appointments at bridal shops and try on lots of dresses. You can’t decide from looking at a picture! Different styles will look good on you depending on your body shape. Don’t order a dress you don’t absolutly love and never order anything unless you’ve tried some version of it on.
Post # 7
i prefer dress #1 but there is no way i would put down a 50-60% NON-REFUNDABLE deposit without trying it on – keep looking and goodluck!
Post # 8
Check out scarletscloset.com, they are samples that are mostly your size.
Post # 9
Have you tried calling the Arizona dress shops??? There are alot of stores here that carry Allure. I wouldn’t settle for a dress you sort of like. You will most likely regret it.
Post # 10
I think you should buy your dream dress! If you have a gut feeling I say go with it, but deffinitely don’t settle on one of the biggest days of your life. About 2 months ago I ordered a dress I fell in love with just from a picture! Not only have I not tried it on, I haven’t even seen it in person! I was sure of the silhouette though… I had tried on many similar styles and saw dresses from the same designer to check the quality and only then did I feel comfortable enough to order. It hasn’t gotten here yet, but I took a risk because I felt it was right for me. Only you can know for sure if you really love it enough… Good luck! The dress is gorgeous!
Post # 11
Keep looking. Do not order a dress without trying it on and do not settle for a dress you aren’t sure you love.
Post # 12
So… I think I’m going to go with the Allure P890, I just can’t picture myself in anything else. I went to a bridal store yesterday that had Allure 8809 which is a very similar style and fit, I was able to squeeze into the size 8 and that kind of eased my mind about ordering a dress I haven’t been able to try on. Thanks for all your help girls!
Post # 13
i think you should keep looking, and when you go the bridal salons, dont be too specific about a style that yu want.. i said i want to wear allure 8801 on my wedding date because it looked stunning on the model, some other people..but i tried and tried dresses but never allure8801 because no salon had it that i went to, end once the consultant pulled demetrios for me..that was it..i did not want to get it off..it was dream come true..
keep on looking, until you fall in love..of course with limited time that you have
Post # 14
i hate to say it, but if all else fails, Davids Bridal carries a ton of Off the rack dresses you can purchase same day. Hopefully your dress comes in on time and fits perfectly though (cuz i would never wish a David’s bridal dress on anyone – except maybe the Vera Wang line…)!!
Post # 15
What about Paloma Blanca #4111? it has the same neck-line minus the strap and the draping and pick-ups are very similair. Good Luck
Post # 16
Try not to worry too much! I am getting married in March and got engaged in September. I had a similar freak-out moment because the stores all told me that I had to order right away because my dress wouldn’t get in until January. WELL…I took a minute to breathe and gave myself some time. Unfortunately, like you, the dress I loved was not availabe to try on in stores ANYWHERE because the designer had not released samples sizes to stores yet. I also had to put down a deposit (50% which is still scary). I tried on dresses as similar to the style as I could, really focusing on different parts of the dress and trying to duplicate that aspect in a dress (material, skirt line, waist line, etc) and then just went ahead and ordered it. Nothing else I had seen or tried on came close to being “the dress” the way that one did. By the way, my dress is ALREADY here…so much for not getting it until January. Haha. Well, I ended up loving it. Good luck!!