Post # 1
Wedding gown shopping with my mom, sister and mommom was a very special day. We went out to lunch, picked out my gown and had a wonderful time. I couldn’t have asked for a better day.
It seemed when I tried on my gown, that everyone knew that it was for me before I did. I was expecting to have a “Say Yes to the Dress” moment and it didn’t work out that way. Maybe I am indecisive or maybe the fact that the top was HUGE on me (I am not built like an upside-down triangle) affected my enthusiasm. I know I should remember that the gown will be altered to fit my frame, but I admit it was hard to imagine. Below, is a picture of my gown.
I don’t have pictures of myself to post yet because it hasn’t been altered yet. I have a slim figure and from the waist down, the gown fits amazing.
The top is where I need changes made; I think adding a sweetheart neckline and rhinestone trim under the bustline will give it a little extra something and more personality. In my opinion, the jacket is very pretty but I always pictured myself with cap sleeves. I’m afraid that alteration will ruin the look of the gown and it will be a winter wedding. Can anyone help me?
Post # 3
I think this dress would look beautiful with cap sleeves! I also think it’s a beautiful dress with lots of personality and any extra pizzaz could come from your accessories: veil, jewelry, bouquet. I love it!
Post # 4
@alabiak: I would honestly ditch the jacket as well as it makes it look a little dated. The dress itself is beautiful and I think cap sleeves in a similar material will enhance the dress. I don’t think you have anything to worry about and the cap sleeves will work wonderfully.
Post # 5
I also agree with cap sleeves. I don’t think it necessarily needs anything extra, but it could just be a matter of personal taste. I think you could bling it up with some accessories.
Dress shopping is rough. I don’t think the majority of people have the Say Yes to the Dress moment. It’s also hard b/c the sample sizes don’t fit a lot of brides, so it is hard to visualize. Plus, there’s all this pressure to have the perfect dress that you have an emotional reaction to . . . it makes it hard to be 100% sure. But your dress is gorgeous! You will be enthusiastic about it once it fits you!
Post # 6
Thanks for all the helpful advice and reassurance! I finally know exactly what I need done to my gown; if I have cap sleeves added to my jacket it will be PERFECT and I won’t need anything else done (aside from having the neckline scoop down the middle). It would update the look and I would also be more confident that the alterations department will have an easier change to make.
I quickly photoshopped the image of my gown and I love the changes. Thanks again to everyone’s input! I will post another picture after my alterations are done!
Post # 7
I LOVE that gown! It is exquisite! I bet when it does fit you right, you will love it! I bet once you decide on your hair and jewelry it will be perfect for a winter wedding. If after all is said and done and that you feel that you want/need more altered -you could definitely change things up a bit then, but from what I see -Gorgeous!!! FWIW-I got married in November and my mom paid a fortune to buy “sleeves” that came to a point on my hand. If it is cold where your wedding will be held, you may want the little bit extra from the sleeves?!
Post # 8
Thank you! We’re actually getting married in Florida, so it won’t be too cold – although, I will bring a cashmere wrap for the outside cocktail hour if it gets chilly. I’m really looking forward to alterations now that I made up my mind 🙂
Post # 10
My final wedding gown after alterations!
Post # 11
Oh, I’m so happy you posted pics of it! I love seeing the end result of a post like this 🙂 It turned out gorgeous!!