Post # 1
Thanks so much for all the input so far. I have essentially exhausted my resources (aka bridal stores that carry gowns in my price range) in the area. These are my final choices:
Option 1: COAN couture lace dress that needs a fair amount of alterations since it is a sample (I’d be rounding the cups to be more like a sweetheart neckline, thinning the straps, and adding a little poof to the bottom, not to mention taking it in because it’s a couple sizes too big):
Option 2: One of the Vera Wang organza dresses (to be determined at my next appointment when I bring in my shoes to try on with the dresses):
Option 3: Wtoo Regina (also a sample but fits me great and would need very few alterations):
Option 4: Splurge on the La Sposa Detalle which is a couple hundred over my budget after alterations. This option is also risky, as the arrival date is the first week in June and my wedding is July 14:
Thanks for all your help!
Post # 3
I voted for 4 but I actually meant to vote for three, although four is very nice as well. Something about three ifs very flattering and pretty on you. I think you can’t go wrong with either of the last two.
Post # 4
The Wtoo Regina is by far the most flattering: it brings out your hourglass shape! It also has this amazing old hollywood feel. I love it!
Post # 5
@JenniferMm: Thanks so much for the kind words. I have seriously been having nightmares about this decision.
To all the bees: Anyone have experience with a dress that came in under two months before their wedding? I am seriously nervous about alterations disasters and the possibility of not getting it in on time (they quoted the first week in June but there’s always the chance it’ll get in later.)
Post # 6
I almost bought the VWW with the fern on the front and it looks even more beautiful on you, and unique as well! I vote for that one.
Post # 7
I voted 4 because it just made my eyes go wide 🙂 The real question is, which one makes you feel like a bride ? Which one can you see yourself walking down the aisle in ?
Post # 8
#3 really suits you and as an added bonus it’s in your price range and would need less alterations.
Post # 9
La Sposa!! Buy the sample, if it’s in good condition so you don’t have to worry about the delivery date.
Post # 10
Absolutely no doubt in my mind – number 4!!!
Post # 11
I love La Sposa!! The dress is beyond beautiful and you look amazing in it. I wore a La Sposa dress for my wedding and let me tell you they are very very well made!! Great choice!
Post # 12
The La Sposa dress made me go, “Wow!” Very pretty and is so flattering on you!
Post # 13
Thanks for all the comments so far. I was definitely leaning towards either the Regina or Detalle and you bees have convinced me!
I agree that they are two very different feels. I really like that the Regina is (1) already in my size and ready to go and (2) very cheap because it is a sample dress. The Detalle is pretty special, though.
If it helps, I’ll be having sunflowers and lavendar in our bouquets, and my bridesmaids will be wearing mismatched grey dresses (which is why we tried the grey sash on the Regina.) My ceremony and reception will be at an orchard with large oak trees and an old 1900 ranch house where we will have cocktails.
Looking forward to your comments/suggestions!
Post # 14
The Detalle is gorgeous. It all depends how comfortable you are going over your budget, which only you can know..
My close second choice would be the one with the ferny motif. It looks classic but unique as well. I would be wow-ed by a bride wearing that dress
Post # 15
the La Sposa Detalle ALL THE WAY!!! Hurry up and order that thingie! 😉 And in my experience/research/readings, MOST girls receive their dress BEFORE the due date…. Of course there are a few horror stories, but they are greatly in the minority…. 🙂
Post # 16
@anotheroneofmany: Thanks for the info re: dress arrival times.
My only other concerns with the Detalle is the bustle/mobility issue. I am getting married outdoors, and my future husband and I plan to take some alone time after the ceremony where we will take a walk on a nature trail for a bit. I am worried that the Detalle will have so much extra fabric that it will be heavy and unwieldy to carry around with me on my own.
Anyone have experience shortening and/or bustling an extremely long train?