Post # 1
So I have been having quite the time finding ‘the one’. I have probably tried on 50 dresses.. fallen in love with a couple, but have hesitated because of either
1) the price. $5000 + is just plain out of my budget, and
2) the fabric. I want something soft, silk or satin. Some snotty saleslady today told me, after finding a 3rd gown that i really really REALLY like, that all satins in my price range will be polyester. END OF STORY.
Seriously, for $1700, should I settle on a polyester satin? or is she just trying to pull a hardcore salesjob on me?
My last option, and I have already made an appointment, is to get my dress custom made. with real fabric. Or is is common for a bride to wear .. polyester?
Post # 3
Very common, actually.
But if you don’t want polyester, you don’t have to settle for it. Find a dress you love then hunt for it online. A deal will come up sooner or later, unless it is a dress from an older collection. Or have one made for you. Don’t listen to what other people tell you is "impossible". Girls find great deals on their dresses all the time – you just have to be willing to put in the leg work.
Post # 4
My dress is real, not polyester, dupioni silk. It was $1400, and is a Pronovias. Pronovias uses a lot of dupioni in their line; they have a less expensive (i think) line called San Patrick—-you may want to check that out, too.
Post # 5
HI, Linens are my thing, but i came across your post and wanted to share a bit of quick advice. ALL satin is a polyester blend. Dutchess satin, sateen, etc. It’s all a fancy name for polyester. Dutchess satin is polyester blended with a bit of silk, so the bridal gown stores can charge more for it. But at the end of the day – it’s just a fancy polyester. 🙂 Don’t let the saleswoman bully you. For 1700 you can certainly find a silk gown or silk blend gown. But, the VAST majority of gowns are made of bridal satin, which is indeed polyester. Tafetta is polyester too. And chiffon. I could go on….. Best wishes and tell that saleslady adieu. 🙂
Post # 6
I bought my dress at a sample sale (BONUS: no pushy salespeople!) and have gotten tons of compliments on it. I happened to look at the label the other day at a fitting, and I was amazed to find out that it was polyester. It certainly doesn’t look cheap and my friends were amazed when I told them about the fabric. I think that you should focus on what is in your budget and looks good on you! Don’t let that snobby salesperson psych you out!
Post # 7
I specifically looked for a silk dress when I started my search. I didn’t want beading or sequins – I wanted the fabric to be the luxurious thing about the dress.
Well, months went by and I tried on tons of dresses. I started looking at taffeta (sp?) b/c it had the look of silk. I didn’t LOVE it, but my measly budget did. 🙁
Then one day I was at the store and I was telling the woman what my dream dress looked like (at this point I’d given up on the silk). She went into the back and returned with a gorgeous dress. It was discontinued, so they couldn’t order it anymore. I tried it on, and it fit PERFECTLY. I looked at the tag and it was 100% silk. AND it was 50% off (the dress was originally priced at the tip top of my dress budget, so half off was awesome!).
The moral of my story is to not give up, and you’ll find the dress you’re meant to have.
Post # 8
It’s really all in what you want. My $160 dress is 100% polyester. Big surprise there.. but it was $160. It’s a beautiful dress at a wonderful bargain. It doesn’t look cheap despite its price or material.
Post # 9
I´m sorry if I get a little out of topic… but I just hate salespeople on fancy wedding dress shop looking down at costumers… wedding dress designers repeat on their websites how the won´t sale online because they want to mantain a good quality costumer service. And most times you will get better service with a seamtress or small shop. They understand that a bride doesn´t have to be or act like a millionare to buy a nice dress! We want to feel nice, even if that means to cut a little budget on other things!
I hope you find someone that gives you a good service and shows to you how many options you do have for that amount of money!
Post # 10
I just found my dress at a sample sale for only $400! It’s a Jim Hjelm and the original price was about $3400, which is way out of my budget. It’s silk satin. Don’t give up on finding your dream dress at a price that’s right for you. There’s so many sample sales and you can get sample or used wedding dresses online for a fraction of the price. If you haven’t been to these already, you could try oncewed.com or bravobride.com. Another option is to get your dress custom made if you know what style you want. You can try millybridal.com. They can make a dress for you in silk for about $450 – $700. I know some brides that had their dresses made through them and had a great experience. Best of luck! Don’t settle and don’t overpay!
Post # 11
“ALL satin is a polyester blend. Dutchess satin, sateen, etc. It’s all a fancy name for polyester. Dutchess satin is polyester blended with a bit of silk, so the bridal gown stores can charge more for it. But at the end of the day – it’s just a fancy polyester. 🙂 Don’t let the saleswoman bully you. For 1700 you can certainly find a silk gown or silk blend gown. But, the VAST majority of gowns are made of bridal satin, which is indeed polyester. Tafetta is polyester too. And chiffon. I could go on….. Best wishes and tell that saleslady adieu. :)”
Actually that is not true at all.
I think you are mistaking weave with fibre. Simply put, satin is a weave, i.e., how the fibre is woven to make the fabric. Silk satin is made out of silk, Duchess satin is a special satin weave with a very high thread count. The highest quality satin is made out of pure silk, but blends of silk and rayon, and 100% polyester or even nylon (very cheap and plastic) are also available. Naturally, these are much cheaper. Sateen is actually made out of pure cotton. The cotton is woven into a satin weave, and resulting fabric is sateen.
Taffeta again is a weave, and can be made out of many different fibres. True, the majority of cheaper dresses will be polyester, but you can certainly make taffeta out of silk fibres. Chiffon, Organza, etc. are all weaves — none of it is indicative of the fibre. I think I might post a fabric and fiber guide, as I am beginning to realise that such misconceptions are common. I sew and my mum is very good with fabrics, so I grew up around fabrics and learned to differentiate between different weaves and fibres.
Post # 13
@Persephone: thank you for posting that…i read the initial post and may have actually heard a record scratch sound effect in my head. 😛