Post # 32
@TrousseauHorse: Have you considered Casablanca?
I mentioned them because you can customise their dresses by combining two different dress designs. It’s not just adding straps but actually getting a dress that looks like the straps belong to it.
Here is @flying_hearts’ customised dress (I hope she doesn’t mind me posting hers!).
This is her original dress:
and the same, with straps added.
As you can see, the straps look an integral part of the dress instead of just added on. They add the straps when the dress is being made instead of at the alterations stage.
This means, for example, that you could combine this dress/skirt:
with these straps
It might be worth a try if the other options don’t work for you.
Post # 33
Have you ever considered the Watters Soledad? It comes in white and ivory too. There’s even one listed on Preowned right now for $2500 in a label size 10/street size 8 in the whisper pink color. http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/dresses/view/79971/Watters-Soledad-Size-8.html
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Post # 35
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
Have you looked at Maggie Sottero? They tend to have more bling.
OP, are you partial or against lace?
Sweet-heart neckline, spaghetti strap, tulle, lace-applique.
@TrousseauHorse: Could this MS dress be “her”? It’s got a supportive and romantic illusion sweet-heart neckline. Suggested retail price: $1,898.00
Tasha Marie (http://www.maggiesottero.com/dress.aspx?style=3MW780MC)
Traditional and timeless. This ballgown is the epitome of romance, with Swarovski crystal beading sparkling throughout the Chic organza and tulle skirt. Finished with illusion bateau neckline and signature corset back closure.
White, Ivory (shown)
Post # 36
@TrousseauHorse: That’s so weird. There must be a local shop that has the dresses you want, or else a road trip may be in order 😉
Post # 37
@MissStudio: That’s so funny, that’s the dress that basically started all this off… That Vera Wang White was the first dress I tried on, in the blush. I wasn’t thinking I wanted something with a huge skirt, but I was just like OH WOW as soon as I put it on. I don’t like the way the skirt is all drapey so I wouldn’t get that particular dress, but yes, ballgown + straps + tulle + bling. I’m just on a quest to find those things in the right combination for me (v-neck straps, straight tulle skirt.)
I’m almost sure I tried on the Watters Soledad yesterday! It was very cute and different, but I am big up top, so it looked pretty obscene once I put it on.
Post # 38
Ok so yesterday I tried on this Lazaro LZ3319 and I liked certain things about it a lot (sparkly skirt, blingy top, tulle) except the straps are not good – I want a v-neck not a sweetheart neckline with tacked on decorative straps – and the price is completely outrageous – $4800!! I told the woman before we started that I could go up to $2500, but she took me straight out to the Lazaros and never even showed me any of their Pronovias (they don’t have the dress I like, but I wanted to try on other ones.) She was trying to tell me Lazaro could widen the strap, but a) I am afraid that would look weird and I’m not comfortable asking for alterations over the phone and b) I’m sure that would add even more $$$ to a dress that’s already outrageously expensive. If you’re wondering why I tried it on – surprise, surprise, they did not tell me what I was trying on or what it cost until the end when I was about ready to pull out my credit card.
I also tried on the LZ3309, which was like “oh holy crap look at the size of this dress!!!” amazing, but the stupid consultant shoved the straps up onto my shoulders, which made it look super weird. I’m sure she knew full well that she was doing it wrong. It’s too bad because I probably would have liked it more if I’d seen it in on myself correctly. I really liked it, but it’s so big I’m afraid people would say mean things about me behind my back :- It’s also very Southern belle so I’m not sure whether it would work for my museum wedding. I wish I had a wedding planner who could tell me whether it’s completely ridiculous or not. But my sense is if I have to ask, it probably is… It was $3900, so if she could come down like $500 it would put it into the realm of something I could stretch the budget to.
And then I also tried on this Demetrios 1433. I actually tried it on before at another store. It’s ok. I don’t love all the lace and I wish it had a more defined waist. It has a little bit of sparkle all over and a pretty back though. I guess I feel like it’s a dress I could settle for if I end up having to give up on finding one I love. The first store had it for about $1800. Macy’s had it for more like $2200 but they said they are participating in the 20% off coupon in like a week so that would bring it down to about $1800.
I did some googling when I got home and found a store that has Pronovias, Romona Keveza, and Lazaro. I think I’m going to try to call them when they open at noon and see if I can talk them into ordering me the Pronovias Dafnis and the Ramona Keveza L268. I’m sure they are not going to want to, but I’m going to have my fiance get on the phone if they start giving me attitude or want me to waste more time going in to try on what they have in stock first. I also want to see if they have one or both of those Lazaros. If I could just try the Pronovias and the Romona I think either one of them will be THE ONE or else maybe I will hate them both and be able to settle for one of the Lazaros. Hopefully they will be able to get something in for me before my next free day, which is not until 8/24.
I also have my rescheduled appointment at stupid Nordstrom on Friday night. I only rescheduled because when I went in to complain about how rude the woman was to me on the phone (she essentially told me Nordstrom didn’t care if they lost my business and I was like oh yeah? want to bet? and went to talk to the store manager who did, in fact, care) But I looked at what they had and there were at least 4-5 dresses with good straps.
Post # 39
@TrousseauHorse: You should definitely make a trip up to NYC! First of all, there’s a Pronovias here. Second of all, you should also go to The Cotton Bride in Long Island City. They custom make dresses for a great price (in America) and I bet if you went in there with your pictures, and your previous stories, they would give you everything you want. I went there yesterday and the visit was amazing! I was basically like can you do this? How would this look on me? Can you do this? And they were having me try on dresses, and mocking up sketches as we went.
Also RK Bridal – so many dresses, all for reasonable prices!
Post # 40
@TrousseauHorse: hey ! I feel your pain lol I thought I wanted a lot if bling but I fell in love with Lazaro 3309 with the sleeves tucked in ! So it’s more of a sweet heart I didn’t want straps I also I added a bling belt and it looks amazing it made the dress even more beautiful ! I might be getting it Sunday since they are having a trunk show and she said it will be around my budget with the 20% off I have pics if you want to see it on someone