- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
I’ve posted about this a thousand times, but I am currently living in Vietnam with my Fiance, teaching English. We got engaged here last September and so far have been planning our wedding from afar. I never thought about getting a dress made here because I always envisioned diong the whole process with my mom, future SIL, and future Mother-In-Law back home. Until my Vietnamese roomie told me how cheap it would be…
So, I did some internet research and narrowed it down to a couple dresses I liked. My style is classic and simple, and I plan on getting a cute, short reception dress for dancing later. I went with my roomie/translator to a famous and reputable dress shop here in Hanoi with links to a few pictures as models. My first experience wasn’t great, pretty emotional, I was missing my Momma and the cultural differences got to me. After skyping with my mom, she still convinced me to go through with it (I could always try to sell it back home and start over if it didn’t work out).
I wanted to model it after the VW Delaney gown with a few alterations– a natural waistline and sweetheart neckline. Here’s the Delaney:
After our second consultation, within a week of each other, I thought I had finally made clear everything I wanted. She invited me back a week later for my first fitting. Yes, that’s right: A WEEK LATER. They made my custom wedding dress in a week. So, I went back tonight, with butterflies in my stomach because I honestly had NO idea how much it was going to turn out. She did exactly what I wanted. So here are the initial photos. It still needs to be hemmed and the back isn’t quite finished yet. Also not sure about the sash–I like the shape but not sure about satin v. grosgain like in the VW dress.
Total cost: 7 million VND/$335 USD
I’ll post more detailed pics in the final fitting, but initial impressions would be greatly appreciated!
Closeup of the bodice: