(Closed) Need Dress Advice

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Which do you suggest?
    Buy both and have one for each ceremony : (12 votes)
    41 %
    Buy and wear ballgown to both : (11 votes)
    38 %
    Buy and wear simple to both : (6 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
    684 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    You could wear the first dress without the underskirt for the 1st ceremony and the train folded up. Then add the puffy skirt for the Castle and let the train out 🙂

    Post # 4
    287 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    those are beautiful dresses!

    Post # 5
    3368 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    The JA gown is one of my favorites.  So beautiful!

    I’d buy and wear the different gowns if I could. 

    Post # 6
    6256 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I LOVE the Justin Alexander. It’s my dress! (Which you might know, because I post it way more than I should.)

    I agree that the slimmer-fit dress isn’t really castle appropriate. What if you got the JA, and then got a replica for the smaller ceremony? 

    Post # 7
    1249 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    I love the first one soooo much!  Just get that one and rock it for both!  Have it bustled and with a smaller petticoat.  🙂

    Post # 8
    7 posts

    The JA is lovely.  The idea of smaller petticoat and bustle is also doable.  Don’t short yourself just because the ceremony is “small and simple.”


    A few things to keep in mind if you go with the smaller petticoat idea.  smaller petticoat will mean the dress will hang down further.  with the lace overlay on the first dress, you might face some unusual things with alterations.  Most wedding dresses default to a length that suits someone who’s 5’9″ in heels.  if that doesn’t work, you’ll need to tell the bridal salon up front.  (any shop worth it’s salt will mention this to you).  If you want to do the bigger / smaller petticoat, you’ll need to pick your shoes accordingly – higher heels with the smaller petticoat.  If there’s a salon you’re working with that has the dress – they should have petticoats with different fullnesses.  Try them.  See what it’s going to look like.   

     (I used to work at a bridal salon several years ago… in case you’re wondering)

    Hope that helps with the decision process!  

    -Manda AKA Ms. McGuiver

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