Post # 1
So I am in love with lace dresses. Especially the metis —
and I also love the iman— (both from pronovias)
However, I am not comfortable spending a lot of money on a wedding dress. My fiance and I would like to go to the Alps on our honeymoon and the money would come in handy for that. So I don’t think I can spend $3000 let alone $8000 on a dress… So here are my questions:
-Is a lace dress copy likely to be well-made or not? I don’t know anyone who has ordered an online knock-off.
-can I find a vintage or cheaper lace dress that looks as nice as these but doesn’t have the giant price tag?
-what if I get the satin sheath part made (very simple) and just purchase the overlay lace part?
Any advice is welcome. Thanks!
Post # 3
casablanca, allure, and jasmine all have beautiful, less expensive lace dresses. wtoo by watters does also, but those tend to run a little higher than the others i mentioned. the lace you get may not be as fine, but they all still look beautiful. so yes, you can get an all lace dress for under $1,000.
less expensive lace commonly has beading and/or more netting (the space in between the patterns on the lace). allure and wtoo were my favorite because i wanted no beading, and i found those to have the most options.
i would not go with a replica lace dress, just because you have no idea what the quality of the lace you’re getting is — it’s a total crapshoot.
i wanted a lace dress, and i was a little worried about the budget aspect too, but it was MUCH easier than i thought! every store i went to had plenty of beautiful lace dresses in my price range.
Post # 4
Agree with kitzy – you will notices differences in high-end lace vs. low-end lace (I also went with a lace dress that was less than $1000) but they aren’t necessarily deal-breakers. You can definitely find one in your price range, just be prepared to be a bit flexible.
Post # 5
Have you tried looking at used wedding dresses like at http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com?
Also, I noticed both of those dresses have long sleeves? Is that a requirement?
Post # 6
@kitzy: thanks! I’ll look into those. It’s good to hear that it’s possible to find a nice lace dress for less.
@lefeymw: I don’t need long sleeves, however, I am not very comfortable in strapless. I’ve actually never owned a strapless gown, because I keep pulling them up and feel awkward. So I’d love to find a dress that has straps, sleeves or at least find a bolero or something to put on top of the dress. I guess I’m shoulder-shy… hehe.
and that website is great! however it’s scary to buy a dress there without trying it on to see if I like the style. I guess if I find another style I like I could look it up there to see if I can find it for cheaper, though.
thanks for the help everyone!
Post # 7
maybe you could either for less one a website for brides selling their gowns that they wore once? I’de check around online and see if you can find either of these so that you dont have to sacrifice for something you dont love as much. I’ve seen some very pretty lace gowns that girls have gotten at sample sales too. If you don’t object to that sort of thing, it may be worth looking into some local sample dress sales : )
Post # 8
You can also try looking at Blue by Enzoani dresses, and Two by Rosa Clara. There are some lovely lace dresses by those designers, well under $2,000.00 I believe.
Post # 9
thanks for the tips! I have also been looking on etsy and considering maybe buying a vintage gown and altering it to fit me…
Post # 10
I looked for a lace dress for a looong time similar to the styles you posted. I didn’t want sleeves, but I did want a full skirt and I was picky about the lace. Maggie Sottero, Casablanca and David’s Bridal all have lacey dresses for affordable prices but I either found the lace to be inferior and coarse or not real lace but rather an applique pattern over tulle. If you’re not picky about that definitely check those out. Pronovias (the regular line and LaSposa, not the Valentino and Manuel Mota lines you’re looking at) make great quality lace dresses that are below $2,500 that you may be interested in. I also second the Enzoani Blue suggestion. Marisa is another brand that I would recommend. None of them worked for me though because almost all the lace dresses I found were slim-line or mermaid which I absolutely did not want. I finally found my dream dress from Romona Keveza. A bit pricier than what you’re looking for but the quality of the lace was spectacular. I’m selling mine and I’m sure you can find others used in your size: http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/dresses/20174/Romona-Keveza-L195-Size-2.html. At least with a sample or used dress you can try on the dress in the store first and know exactly how it will look. I would strongly recommend not ordering a knockoff lace dress on the internet as you’re very likely to be disappointed with the quality.
Post # 11
Would it be posible to buy a less expensive version of the plain gown (no lace top) and have a lace top and train custom made for it. It is a rather simple design and would be simple to copy. There are some places online and in large cities that carry really lovely lace at reasonable prices. I think you should talk to a local seamstress and see what you can come up with.
Post # 12
have a look at Kylie by Maggie Sottero. Strapless wedding dresses are fine if they are corset fitted. Kylie has a hidden corset underneath the zipper. You can do it up nice and tight and then later in the day as the material begins to relax as it warms up you can get you MOH/mum to nip to the loos with you and pull it in a little more. Properly fitted wedding dresses really do hold themselves up from the waist. its nothing at all like off the rack corset dresses from high street shops. Maggie dresses like this usually retail at around £1000 here in the uk so i think they would come in under $2000. you can always get them preowned
Post # 13
In addition to my above post, what about taking this dress and having a top made for it? It is only $700.
Post # 14
Not impossible…at all! I have a full lace gown…$1326 including tax! I too fell in love with a Pronovias and then found almost the exact same dress but in their San Patrick line (I have the San Patrick Estambul). It comes with a beautiful lace bolero jacket, as well. I would say though – lace dresses can be more expensive in the alterations department…so keep that in mind when you are ready to buy.
Hope that helps!
Post # 15
Although I didn’t end up with a lace dress, I love them. Since you have lots of time, I would recommend trying on anything you think you are interested in, then keep an eye out on the “used” sites to see if your dress is up for sale. I bought a perfect, never worn Anne Barge for less than $1,000. In addition to pre-owned, there is also bravobride, recycledbride, yourdreamdress, ledressboutique, scarletscloset, etc.
Also, keep an eye out for trunk shows, sample sales and so forth. There are tons of trunk shows in January, February and March. There is usually a discount, free customization, etc. at those events.
KLP2010 found a fabulous Justin Alexander, not sure if it was a sample or second-hand. She actually had the lace jacket re-done.