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I’m an Italian woman marrying an Indian man. We plan to have a Hindu ceremony where I will wear a sari, then I’m changing into a white gown for the reception.
My top gown choice so far is Allure 8863 but I’m not sure how the indian culture views strapless gowns. I never expected to wear a strapless gown but the bridal shops do not have many dress options with sleeves. I could add cap sleeves to it but allure doesn’t offer that option. The seamstress would have to cut part of the train, which I don’t need, and turn it into a cap sleeve. I don’t like the way this looks with the sweetheart neckline. So I can only buy this dress if I’m going to wear it as a strapless gown. How is a strapless gown viewed in the Indian culture? Has anyone bought this gown for their own wedidng? If so, please post pictures! 🙂 I haven’t been able to find a picture on the internet of a real bride wearing this gown. There is this one photo below and the one on the allure website of the model which isn’t very flattering.
I originally was looking for the Maggie Sottero Milana gown (below) but I cannot find a bridal shop that has a sample. Does anyone know of a dress shop that has a Maggie Sottero Milana sample in Long Island, New York City, Philly, PA or anywhere in between?
Today I found the Casablanca 1978 gown and the company will make matching cap sleeves. This dress kind of morphs the first two gowns together. It’s beautiful but I’m still not 100% convinced. Has anyone worn the casablanca 1978 with cap sleeves?
Post # 3
really can’t help you here, but as soon as i clicked on this thread i went *swooooon* when i saw the first dress, and *siiiigh* when i saw the 2nd one. and no wonder… because the 3rd one- casablanca 1978- was my dress!
you have wonderful taste 🙂
i hope you find something that works for you. sounds like it will be a beautful wedding.
ETA: casablanca is super flexible with alterations- they will do just about anything you want!
i’m eventually going to post pictures of my dress in the official casablanca 1978 board, but if you’d like to see it on a real person i have some in one of my recent replies- the “before and after” one.
Post # 4
@September29: Thanks! We do have good taste. It’s a beautiful dress and you looked great and so happy on your wedding day. Congratulations!
Post # 6
Thanks for letting me know about the allure option to change.
Post # 7
I wanted to chime in quickly for you regarding your question. I am a cultural wedding and event designer who specializes in fusion wedding – particularly Indian and Persian.
So to anwer your question, it is perfectly fine for bare shoulders, especially as your reception wardrobe. If you were to be in a temple I might suggest otherwise, but as it is reception wear, any of the gowns above are BEAUTIFUL, no need for a cap sleeve or jacket.
As an FYI many of the modern lenhenga’s and sari tops are strapless, so some of your younger guests may be wearing them. The only difference is that they may have their scarves draped over one shoulder.
Enjoy the process, and if I can be of any more help with fusion wedding questions, let me know! Happy to help!