Post # 1
I never understood why someone would wear two dresses, now I’m considering it myself! I’ve had quite a dress journey, and I am now the proud owner of three wedding gowns. The first one I bought off ebay, and while it’s a gorgeous dress, it’s too big in too many ways and would require taking apart the entire lace covered bodice to alter. Even then I’m afraid the style just won’t be flattering on me. So I bought another dress, a Pnina Tornai from Church Street Bridal. It was a sample though, and has been through the ringer so it needs some rehab to get it in wearable condition. It also needs to be taken in and hemmed but a seamstress assured me it can be done. I got a little worried about the condition of the dress, and while looking at bridesmaid dresses I tried on a couple of ballgowns “just for fun”. One of them looked great on me and will need absolutely no alteration. I never pictured myself in a ballgown but I had so much fun wearing that dress! I had the salesgirl add it to my account “just in case” and it rang up $199 instead of the $450 (clearance price) it was marked. I slept on it and went back the next day and bought it, and now I have peace of mind that if my wedding was tomorrow I have a dress that’s ready to wear. I was looking at pictures of myself in the Pnina and I love how it looks on me and it’s what I pictured for my wedding gown. What’s holding me back from wearing it the entire day is that our ceremony is outdoors and I don’t think the dress is ever going to look perfect enough for the bright sunlight. The first thing most people look for at the ceremony is the bride’s dress, and there are some worn areas on the bodice that I doubt will ever look perfect again. I think I’d be self-conscious that it would be noticeable that it’s not a new dress.
The ballgown is in perfect condition, is so much fun to wear, and when would I ever get a chance to wear a big poofy princess dress ever again? However I do love the Pnina and would never have imagined that I would have a chance to wear such an amazing dress. I’m thinking if I change into it at the reception, I wouldn’t be as worried about the minor details that aren’t perfect because they wouldn’t be so noticeable inside the reception venue.
So… here are the giant pictures of me in both dresses. The Pnina still needs alteration in the bust, and needs to be taken in and hemmed, but you get the idea. It looks great in this picture but what you don’t see is that it’s still dirty even after a cleaning, has worn areas on the lace and the ribbon needs replacing. I’ve been beading for years so I’m considering replacing it with a beaded sash. I bought some ribbon today to practice :).
The DB ballgown (and I was dead-set against DB until this dress!) is such a fun dress that no one will expect from me, and it is in perfect condition.
Post # 3
If you want to wear both, then wear both! The ballgown looks amazing on you, btw! There is no rule that says you can only wear one dress for your wedding… It’s your wedding, do what you wish. In many cultures, like mine, it’s actually customary to wear at least two (one ceremony, one reception).
Post # 4
I’m not a big fan of the pnina on you, but it’s very pretty. I think you look stunning in your 2nd dress and you should just be princess for the day!! 🙂
Post # 5
Well since you have both, wear both if you want to!
Post # 6
I actually love the DB dress. If it were me, I would just wear that one, but of course, wear both if you want to!
Post # 7
I am not always a fan of some DB dresses, but I love that DB ball gown on you!!
I usually love Pnina’s gowns (except the risque looking ones, that is), but I have to be honest. I would NOT change out of that beautiful ball gown and into that Pnina for your reception. That may BE a Pnina, but it doesn’t have much Pnina “Pizzaz.”
What I WOULD do, however, is possibly have the Pnina cut off and made into an adorable short dress and possibly add some straps and maybe wear it to your shower or rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. And, if the worn or dirty parts are too obvious, you may even be able to have it dyed a bit darker ivory or cream color. Just a thought.
Post # 8
Yes, the more formal gown makes you look exquisite. The fabric is richer and the color makes your skin like a porcelain doll. Why don’t you change to the more streamline dress after dinner and do change hair, accessories and use more modern jewelry. But, for the ceremony, the 2nd dress is the charmer. Good luck!
Post # 9
Both look gorgeous on you, but Im a fan of lace style, so I’d say the #1 one more charm for me.
Post # 10
I’m going to go against the grain here – I think that you look stunning in your original dress – to me your gorgeous hourglass figure is lost in the ballgown (though that’s not to say you don’t look lovely!). Are you planning on restoring the first one anyway? If so, I would hold off making a decision until you know how the repairs have turned out…
Post # 11
I love that ball gown on you so much. I don’t see anything wrong with wearing both if you love both, though!
Post # 12
The 2nd one is gorgeous on you!
Post # 14
Wow, I’m really surprised, I thought the responses would be skewed the other direction! I appreciate the honest feedback. I still think I need to rehab the Pnina before I try to sell it, whether I wear it first or not. I’d like it to go out the door read-to-wear and I’m not sure I’d be able to sell it as-is anyway. I have a feeling if I do all that I’m going to want to wear it :). The Pnina is a corset and is pulled as tight as it will go but it’s still too big (especially in the bust) and the girls have some added help in the DB dress in form of cups and a padded strapless. Still torn!
Post # 15
The Pnina looks AMAZING on you! The dress’ cut, color and texture all look like they were made for you. I’m indifferent about the DB dress.