Post # 1
I’m struggling with my dress decision and wanted to put this out there. I am in love with MS Karena Royale, except for the neckline! I would really like a deep sweetheart neckline but I’m super nervous about ordering a $1000 dress only to spend additional money on alterations and have it possibly come out badly. What do you ladies think? I am thinking of ordering SWG400 from DB instead, since the neckline is more pronounced. The quality of the Karena dress is so much better, but it’s going to be more money and nerve wracking to have a seamstress cut the dress… Yikes! Just not sure what to do.
Both dresses are attached, and both are about one size too small.
Post # 3
Could you try the Karena? It’s the same material and sash as Karena Royale, though it has a halter which could be folded over and made into a sweetheart without cutting a new shape. It might be more fit/flare than Karena Royale, but I don’t think it’s unlike the DB one.
I prefer the Karena because the material is nicer, and I like it even with that neckline just as it is! My friend got married in that dress. It’s so beautiful in person.
Post # 4
I like the first one better. I’m like you, I really liked the sweetheart neckline but the dress I loved didn’t have one and I’m worried about it turning out wrong if I try to have it made. I bought the dress, though, and gave up on the sweetheart neckline.
Post # 5
I tried on the Karena Royale and it is so pretty. I would go with it. Neck line alterations shoudn’t be that much. I chose a very similar dress and to put a little scoop in, it was less than $50.
Post # 6
I like the 2nd one better on you. I think it’s more flattering! 🙂
Post # 7
I wore the Karena (not the Royale) and loved the neckline on it. I particularly like halters but I think even if you wanted it strapless it would be easier to alter. Pictures of my dress without me in it look strapless and v-neck:
Post # 8
The Karena Royale is leaps and bounds above the Galina dress, IMO! But I would be on board for you trying the Karena, it seems to be what you’re looking for! You’re doing great, totally on the right track!
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2012 - Now Jade Riviera, Puerto Morelos Mexico
well… i like the first one better, but i would be worried about an alterations lady cutting into it too. have you tried on all the lace dresses with sweetheart necklines at davids?
and…if you love the corset back, they can add that to almost any dress at davids. (i work there). but i’m not sure how much extra that would be and i don’t know if it would end up being more expensive than the karena royal.
did you try on the oleg cassini CRL277? check it out…it looks like a similar silhouette, but it’s not ALL lace….
Post # 10
I like the first dress better and the neckline on the second just like you. What about the first poster’s idea of getting the halter model that could more easily be turned into a strapless sweetheart?
Post # 11
Love the first one. It’s so beautiful. Think it’s be great with a sweetheart neckline, as long as you have it done by a professional it’ll be great!
Post # 12
I say #1 and do the alteration or do the one with straps and get the straps taken off!
Post # 13
When you buy a thousand dollar dress, you have it altered to fit you. Period. How often do people post horror stories about alterations? It happens, but it’s not common. Your seamstress will do just fine with changing the neckline…and you won’t have to watch. 🙂
Going back and forth between the two, the DB dress fabric looks cheaper. If that DB dress is around the same cost as the Karena, DB is more of a racket that I ever imagined they were.