Post # 1
After almost a year of searching high and low for the perfect dress, after purchasing a Watters dress that is now for sale, after losing sleep over countless other dresses, I FINALLY found her back in December. The beautiful Paloma Blanca 4152. There was only one catch. The 4152 only has a sweep train and this bride is all about long trains! I wasn’t buying this dress unless they could add a longer train. The salon owner promised to check with Paloma Blanca and get back to me. A few days later, she phoned me to tell me that Paloma Blanca said they could add up to a 3 foot train for an additional cost of $250. I was so excited! I ordered the dress ASAP and was told it would arrive in April.
This morning I got a call from the salon. Paloma Blanca contacted them and said there is no way they can add a train to this dress. When asked why we were told 6 weeks ago that this could be done (and quoted an exact length and cost), PB explained that the person qualified to make such judgement calls had been on vacation at the time. Whoever told the salon a train could be added should never have done so. WTF??
So now here I am. Less than 6 months before my wedding and my dream dress has vanished before my eyes. The salon owner has offered to order the materials from PB and custom make the dress for me herself. She’s an amazing seamstress. She made Bif Naked’s wedding dress (for all you Canadian Bees out there) and says she is 100% confident her version will look exactly like the original. But, I don’t know. It’s not what I wanted. I wanted the Paloma Blanca that I was promised!! (pounds fists and throws a tantrum). So, I have only 2 choices: 1) agree to let the shop owner make a replica or 2) start from scratch on the search for a new dress (with less than 6 months to go and very little motivation to dress shop any longer).
So, Bees…..what would you do??
Post # 3
I remember you posting that dress! If I were you, I would go for choice 3: get the dress without the train. You don’t need a train with that gorgeous ruffle in the back, seriously. Also, you should post pix of the front and back!
Post # 4
This is a tough situation because I had a custom gown made and it took forever! The seamstress said it would take only 3 months, but it doesn’t (especially if you are losing weight before your wedding). It took about 15 fittings to get the dress right and a little over 7 months to finish. Also, many seamstresses do not have the commercial equipment manufacturers have and that adds to the time it takes to create a gown from scratch.
Is it possible for your seamstress to order extra material and add a train to the existing dress? I had a detachable train (4 feet) added to my gown and took it off before cocktail hour. It did cost $400, but we used Duchess satin. Another option could be to add a hem and train from different material (i.e. lace, satin faced taffeta, etc.)….
Post # 5
Thanks for your input so far, ladies! As suggested, here are some pics of the dress. I love this dress so much, but not having a train would be a deal-breaker for me. That’s why I made sure they could do it before I ordered it (or so I thought)…
Post # 6
If the seamstress is really as good as you say (and I believe she will be) then rather than making the dress from scratch and making a long train couldn’t she just make an alteration to the bottom of the original dress and add the train?
Post # 7
that sucks! have you considered getting the dress and adding a cathedral length veil? that way you still get the train.
if that’s not enough, i would go for the replica. it would depend on the cost of the replica though…what did she quote you and how much was the paloma blanca?
Post # 8
I’m back with an update! I went to the salon today and spoke to the seamstress about what can be done with the Paloma dress. After much discussion here are the options:
1) Just sew a train on: Simply sewing extra fabric on the bottom to make a train is not an option as there would be a seam across the bottom of the dress where the fabric was added. Not cute.
2) Order the dress plus extra fabric. Use the extra fabric to build two new back panels with a train: Brilliant!! The catch? It will cost an additional $1000 on top of the $2100 I already paid for the dress. Crap.
3) Order the materials from Paloma Blanca and have the entire dress made from scratch: If the back alone costs $1000 I didn’t even want to hear what the whole dress would cost.
4) Get a new dress. *sob*
Post # 9
Option #5 – stick with the Paloma the way it is….the train is only the main attraction for the ceremony and then it gets bustled anyway.
If that’s a deal breaker, then I’d keep looking, but that’s just me. Personally, I’d stick with the Austin you have because it’s a GORGEOUS dress that I would consider if i could afford it.
Post # 10
@MrsMoksha: You obviously have your heart set on this dress, if the train is so important to you that you’d rather have another dress than this one without the train, well… seems to me that option 2 is the only one that will give you both.
Personally though, I’d just keep the dress the way it is.
Post # 11
I agree with @irin997 and @jayce : Honestly, is a train THAT important to you? $1000 worth? My dream dress doesn’t have a train, and I compromised with a sweep train because I love everything else about the dress. It’s ultimately up to you, but I don’t think it would be worth having it a) completely made from scratch 6 months out and b) costing $1000 extra just for a train.
Post # 12
Thanks for your help ladies.
@napabridekelsey: I totally agree. No, a train is NOT worth $1000. I was shocked when the sales lady told me it would cost that much. Another $1000 just for a train is not in my budget! So really, that’s not an option for me.
@irin997 and @jayce: having a train is an absolute must for me. I know there are so many gorgeous dresses out there without trains (including the Paloma), but I drool over trains! I really want one for my walk down the aisle and for photos.
So, it looks like I’ll have to give up the Paloma and keep looking. I did find a dress at the salon yesterday that had just arrived that I loved and wouldn’t cost any more money (and has a huge train!). I may go with that one.
Thanks again ladies 🙂
Post # 13
This is intresting I am going to have to ask my sales rep at Paloma Blanca about this. My thought is to have a detachable train made onto the dress, it would be so easy to make a train out of the same material I would ask them what they could make for $350 because that is the price you agreed to pay for the extra length. Best of luck to you! That is a beautiful dress and if you can’t make the dress have a longer train have you thought of wearing a chapel length veil?
Post # 14
Is there any way you could have it made for a “tall” girl and then hem it to create a bit of a train? Still wouldn’t be hugely long, but better than nothing if you’re in love with the rest of the dress.
What would they do if Mrs. Scissors at 6’3″ or whatever she is had wanted to order this dress?
Post # 15
@SapphireSun: That seems like a great idea to me!
Post # 16
I asked my sales rep and he seems to think the train length can be added so this is all a bit strange. Usually when they order extra lenght for a tall bride it is only made longer in the front of the dress it typically does not effect the length of the train however it would be worth asking.