Post # 1
Hi! I really need some advice! Please don’t think I’m crazy….
I posted a picture of my dress I purchased yesterday, in case you didn’t see that post…
Long Story Short, I’ve been eyeing Alvina Valenta 9900 since I got engaged and I noticed there was a trunk show in my area, so yesterday after work I went in to the salon *just to see* if 9900 was in the trunk show…It was, and it was on a mannequin in the store, swoon. It is even more gorgeous in person.
So, the sales lady talked me in to trying it on and I LOVED it. It was just the right combination of simple, elegant, and modern I was looking for. I ended up calling my mom/sister to come see and buying it (she was willing to work with me on the price AND give me free alterations, shipping, and storage if I bought it that day)
Here is the dilemna….I am looking back with a clear mind (I was so caught up in the moment yesterday) and thinking about things I forgot to think about…LIKE if I can really MOVE in the dress. The dress I tried on was a size 10….it was huge on me, so I didn’t even think about it being too tight to move. I know I’ll want to dance at my reception. After taking my measurements, and finding I was in between a size 2 and 4, the sales lady ordered me a size 2 (she just went on and on about how she couldn’t possibly order me a 4…it was weird). The dress is a mermaid…and now I’m worried that when it comes in my size I won’t be able to move in it! Has anyone tried this dress on? Is it a true mermaid? I am thinking about calling the salon and asking them to order a 4 instead of a 2—-do you think I should? Is it too late?
Advice please! I am starting to regret my decision to buy the dress 🙁
Post # 3
That dress is gorgeous. I can see why you love it. I suggest one of two things:
- That they keep the dress at a good level, not too tight when getting fitted.
- I would have a 2nd dress for after dinner so you can party the night away without feeling constrained. There are a ton of white short dresses right now for under $200, many under $100.
Congrats on your dress purchase, and don’t try to over think it. You love the dress so much, and you ordered it. It’s yours and I’m sure you will look beautiful in it. Be sure to send some pictures of you in once you have it.
Post # 4
I would probably do a less expensive dress for the last few hours of the reception that you would be comfortable in.
By The Way…. I LOVE THIS DRESS!! It’s definitely a dress I want to try on. SOOO PRETTY!!!
Post # 5
I don’t know about your dress (which is swoon-worthy, btw) but my mermaid dress just arrived so I have some advice. Get a size 4. I don’t think it’s too late. I’m small, in street clothes I can go between a 0-4. For my dress we went back and forth over ordering a 4 or a 6 and I’m soooo glad we got the 6. I will say that it is very snug in the hips. Because of this, I’m going to get a reception dress. Obviously you’ll need to wait until the dress actually comes in to make that decision for yourself, but be prepared that it’s one you might need to make. I got such a great deal on my dress that getting one for $200 is doable for me.
Again, your dress is amazing and you still have over a year until your wedding, so that is a good thing. Good luck!
Post # 6
Wow it’s so pretty! And I hate to freak you out, but my MOH’s sister got married in a similiar style dress but it was all beaded (ie heavy) and she is 6 feet tall and got a size 2. And my Maid/Matron of Honor said she could BARELY sit in it and needed help moving around. It was TIGHT and she couldn’t bend.
Give yourself some room to breathe! Or get a second dress. But, obviously the bride in the pic was able to get on that bench like that so maybe it’s not so bad?!
Sorry i know that freaked you out and is not what you wanted to hear. Maybe the seamstress can give you a little more space in the hips so it flows a LITTLE but is still a mermaid?
Post # 7
The pic of the model might be deceptive – they could have pinned it after she sat down to make it look as good as it does – I used to handle photoshoots and we did that all of the time, though not with wedding dresses. Just trying to help!!
Post # 8
I would def call the salon back and order it in a 4. Insist on it. That way it can be altered down to a 2 easily if you change your mind!
Peace of mind is worth it!
Post # 9
I agree with the other bees on here. Wedding dresses tend to run small and it is so much easier to get a dress taken in then deal with a dress that is too tight. And yes, then once you try on the actual dress, find out how it feels to move in and if it feels uncomfortable, get a short dress for the reception.
The dress is absolutely beautiful, what a great find! Congrats on your upcoming wedding AND finding your dress!
Post # 10
so pretty!!! no advice here- just some dress admiration 🙂
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
Get the 4!! Altering down is much, much easier than altering up.
Post # 12
What are you measurements? I ordered an Alvina Valenta mermaid style dress in a size 4, and it was WAY too much on me. MUCH bigger than it should have been based on the sizing chart. I’m around 32-24-34.5 and the dress was so huge all over. I went with the 4 because according to the charts that’s what I needed, but seriously I’m sure the 2 would have been a bit big on me too. I’m getting my alterations done now too and it’s in no way tight around the lower hips, I won’t have any problems walking or feel uncomfortable in the least.
Alvina Valenta is great, and I would not worry about the size!