Post # 1
I hate to think of myself as a fussy or high maintenance bride but I guess when it comes to my dress I have high expecations- I think most brides-to-be do?
We are eloping in Sept (just the two of us) so I’m coming down to the wire as far as time to purchase a dress since most seem to take at least six months to arrive. I know it’s an elopement but I still wanted a beautiful dress, we are to be married in Rocky Mountain National Park with beautiful scenery and a professional photographer, Fiance will wear a kilt and we will have a traditional Scottish handfasting ceremony. I purchased a dress late last year that I really liked at the time but honestly, I felt sort of rushed in to buying it since it was being discontinued- I was fearful that it would be the only one I really liked but then it may not be available to buy if I decided on that one later. The dress cost just under $500, I got it on sale- it’s the Oleg Cassini CV226.
Since then I have looked at many, many dresses online, tried about six more on and seen many beautiful dresses here on Weddingbee and have since had my heart set on something more form fitting and a mermaid or drop waist is just beautiful, to me. One dress I tried on I loved but it seems I always find something wrong with each one- I’m so picky and indecisive when it comes to my dress and I embarrassed to admit that about myself. I don’t have any females to come with me to the bridal salon, my friends live out of state or out of country, I don’t have a Mother/Aunts in my life and my Sister lives in another country.
I know what I want in my head but I’m anxious about having a dressmaker make it in case it turns out nothing like I had hoped. I do know that I would like:
Sweep train or shorter
Sweetheart neckline would be great
Not strapless, this is an absolute must
Not cost more than $1200
If I could somehow take the shape of something like the Melissa sweet Lia, make it lace with a strap that would be fantastic. I love how form fitting the Lia is. Does anyone know if a dress like this exists? If so please share. 🙂
I have attached a pic of me in a mermaid dress that I really love but I’m not sure how straps would be added and a pic of a dress with straps that I like.
Post # 3
OMGSH. I def love the first dress!!!
Post # 4
Thank you. Do you think there is any way to add straps to the first dress without it looking mismatched? The older lady at the store where I tried this dress on did not speak very good English and she just kept saying ‘Yes, I add strap, I add strap” but I’m afraid that the language barrier could be disasterous, we may not be on the same page. All of the ladies there spoke in broken English.
Post # 5
Have you looked at David’s? I know, I know … but I tried on a dress there that is everything you’re saying!
Lemme find a picture…
It’s this dress.
Post # 6
I tried that exact dress on and I just didn’t love how it looked on me, neither dd the person who came with me. I love it on other people. The dress I purchased is from David’s. I tried on a few dresses there but didn’t find anything that I loved on me. I really do LIKE the dress I bought but I don’t love it, I know there is a more flattering dress out there for me.
Post # 7
otherwise I think it’d be easy to add a halter to that first dress, or straps. The only worries I would have with adding straps would be 1) would the lace match? (since you want lace straps) and 2) Since the bodice is created to hold itself up, your straps will need to be fitted very closely or they’ll shift around a lot (like a built in bra tank top where the tight bust keeps it up and the straps are constantly falling off your shoulders), and I would worry about them digging in depending on how you’re holding your arms. Also, this probably isn’t an issue since you tried a dress on with the straps you like, but I’d worry about itching, personally. Lace seemed to bug me on most of the lace dresses I tried on, but I have crazy sensitive skin.
I think David’s has several straps that they can add to any dress… http://www.davidsbridal.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplayView?storeId=10052&catalogId=10051&catentryId=6097491
If you search “sleeves” on their website, several examples come up that they can add to any dress. None are exactly like the ones you like. 🙂
Post # 8
daydream: All very valid points and everything I worry about, haha! I’m not a fan of halter, especially since I’m a 34DD. I’m not dead set on the first dress, I’m open to options. I also like this style: (hopefully this works) Does anyone know who makes this dress?
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club
I think you can find what you’re looking for in your price range without having to add anything… daydreamwanderer’s point about the physics of it makes a lot of sense.
I remember seeing lots of lace mermaid non-strapless in my searches. I can’t remember them right now but I’ll try!
Also, what about getting an A-line and modifying it? A clever seamstress can take it in in all the right spots. Maybe something like this?
Post # 10
Yes, having a dress modifyed from an aline to mermaid is very possible, good idea! 🙂 This expands my options. Thank you.
Post # 12
Honestly, I LOOOOOOVE the second picture.
Post # 13
The second dress with the clips on the back of the dress?
Post # 14
I think it’s going to be difficult to find a dress with a sweetheart neckine AND straps. I really like the strapless dress you posted. If you are concerned about the language barrier of the women from the shop (I would be too), maybe you could take it to a different seamstress so you feel better about knowing you and her are on the same page regarding the straps.
Post # 15
Personally, because you have a 34DD bust, I would go with the latest gown you posted. It might be a Pronovias (not sure but possible).
Post # 16
leafy-OMG i am in LOVE with that dress (the third one you posted by itself). It is perfect.