Post # 1
I need the bees help me determine whether or not to keep the original neckline on the San Patrick Rivoli. I always thought I wanted a sweetheart neckline because it is so flattering, but the lace on the Rivoli is so beautiful and the detail of the neckline made me think twice.
I’ve never really been able to get the idea of a sweetheart out of my head. I am also wearing the belt that goes with the dress (it is not on me in the pictures)
So, original lace neckline or alter to a sweetheart?
Also, are there any Rivoli brides out there that have done one or the other?
Post # 3
I think it will look much prettier with a sweetheart neckline. The current neckline looks a little harsh and a sweetheart neckline will help soften the look:)
Post # 4
I think I prefer the sweetheart neckline.
Post # 5
I usually stray away from neckline alterations, but I do feel like this dress would be gorgeous with a sweetheart!
Post # 6
Sweetheart all the way. Much more flattering!
Post # 7
I love sweetheart necklines!
Post # 8
I, too, am usually saying to keep a dress as-is, but I agree a gentle sweetheart neckline would soften this style beautifully.
Post # 9
I think every dress looks better w/ sweetheart neckline!
Post # 10
I have the san patrick resina myself and the neckline is similar…I think sweetheart neckline is given to much emphasis honestly, sure it looks nice but the gown you have is gorgeous the way it is because of the eyelash lace at the top (it is nearly exactly like mine). I initially bought a dress with a fairly deep sweetheart and my chest drowned in it,….I’m personally leaving mine as is because its unique and beautiful.
Here is a pic of mine for reference…
(fyi the cups look silly because I had on a reg bra with straps tucked in, my rack isn’t normally lumpy like that I promise LOL)
Post # 11
There have been bees who have had alterations where they were able to keep the original lace edge detail
Post # 12
I like the original neckline!
Post # 13
thank you everyone!
The bridal boutique where I got my alterations charged me 600 for alterations to begin with citing the my dress as a particularly hard dress to bustle. Their seamstress is magical and she did an outstanding job with it but I am hesitant to get any more alterations because of the $$.
Post # 14
@kaleidoscopicmind: Hi dress twin! I just got my dress last week and got a quote for alterations O-M-G I’m having the sweetheart, low v-back, bustle and taking in an inch, sooo expensive! Are you wearing a peticoat?
Post # 15
I’m a Rivoli bride and I did both. I kept the lace intact to act as an overlay and had the bodice cut to a sweetheart – Best of both worlds! And it’s true, I don’t understand why, but my seamstress also had difficulties with perfecting the bustle for my Rivoli.
Post # 16
@kaleidoscopicmind: WOW! the bottom of my dress is much bigger than yours and my bustle (a 10 point) plus all the other stuff (cups sewn in, side seams, length shortened and there are literally 10-11 layers under there to be taken in at waist seam) was only $425.