(Closed) Wedding dress blues. Grace Loves Lace?

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Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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@LearCat23:  sorry, I’m in the states! Perhaps you could check yelp or similar for recommended bridal alterationists. If they can alter a dress, I’m sure they could straight up make one.

There’s also a way to narrow your search results on Etsy to only search for local people. You could try searching wedding dresses. Try this shop,  this shop, this shop has the right aesthetic, but most of what is listed is a bit casual. 

With all of those, they accept/enjoy custom orders, but what they have listed gives you a sense of their style/pricepoints. Good luck!

Post # 19
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Hello! I have recently stumbled upon “Made with love bridal boutique” I think she is a new Australian designer but I find her stuff so lovely. very similar to grace loves lace! Perfect for a garden wedding. Not 100% if I will be ordering yet but to date her customer service is excipients. I Facebook Messaged  her to ask about one of her dresses at 11pm and got a reply within 5 mins! I think her name is Carla or Clara but she is honestly so lovely and helpful. Willing to customise her designers and the price range is $900-$1500 Australian  (not sure how much that  is uk) and free delivery world wide! 

 

Look ok at links below. 

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Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@LearCat23:  Hi!  I felt the SAME way about dress shopping (I am 5’8 and slim too).  I have not had any correspondance with Graceloveslace but I am pretty sure they are a good company.  Some other brands that you may want to look at are Kate May, Nicole Miller, Catherine Deane, and Sarah Janks (I believe she might be out of your budget but still worth a try).  Watters also has a lower price point brand called D.I.D., I am not sure of the price range but I believe they are on the affordable side.  They sell watters in the UK so I would assume they sell the other brands too.

Post # 21
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2014

First of all, I think the Grace Loves Lace dress is gorgeous!! It’s actually my favorite of all the ones you posted (but I’m a sucker for chiffon ;)). I also think it looks the most like your dream dress, and I honestly like it more.. My single concern with the Grace Loves Lace dress is the cap sleeve looks like it might be a bit uncomfortable. Other than, I think it’s beautiful and fits your vision as you described it (and your dream dress has a similar cap sleeve, so I’m guessing you really want that look!).

Having said that, the fact that their service has been bad is worrysome since they’re so far away and it’s not a dress you were able to try on. I completely understand your concern here as I’m actually going through something very similar with another Australian designer (Paolo Sebastian.. I just posted a thread about it in fact). I would be frank and tell them, “I really want to buy this dress, but I need a clear understanding of the customs tax. Have you ever shipped a dress to the UK before?”. Then see how responsive they are to that. If they still aren’t clear with you, then that’s a warning sign since at this point they should know you are a serious buyer and that you have a legitimate concern. I can imagine that once you actually send them the payment, they will have even less incentive to be responsive with you. Also, are they asking for the entire payment up front or a deposit?

I also stumbled upon this link last night, which includes an interview with Grace Loves Lace where they talk about the process they go through when designing a custom dress. It’s funny, when I saw this I actually considered buying from them since I’m having service issues with the other designer, but after your review, they don’t seem much better! They also interview a couple other etsy sellers, so maybe check those ones out too. Anyway, here’s the link: http://www.etsy.com/blog/weddings/choosing-a-custom-wedding-gown-advice-from-dressmakers/

I looked a bit on etsy in the past, and these are some gowns I found that could fit your vision:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/93849045/annie-wedding-gown-silk-hand-gathered?ref=shop_home_active_7

http://www.etsy.com/listing/172664710/samantha-lace-and-silk-chiffon-gown?ref=shop_home_active_16

http://www.etsy.com/listing/159326894/lace-wedding-dress-chiffon-bridal-dress?ref=related-5

I know how frustrating it can be to find that one “perfect” dress. I’m going through a similar situation, also with my mom and sister far away. I hope this helps!

Post # 22
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@natissa:  It’s Leanne from Project Runway!  😀

I wish I could afford one of those/  🙁

Post # 23
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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@rosiedee:  WHAT!! How did I miss that?! Awesome!

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@LearCat23:  I’d think about going the dressmaker route too. That dress doesn’t look like it would be hard to make at all. Your man challenge would be finding the right quality fabrics to have it made with. (I went the dressmaker route too, and had to get the fabric myself, so I’m assuming it’s the same for all of them.)

As for the 70s thing, a lot of 70s fashion was influenced by flowy Edwardian and Art Nouveau styles – I think that dress is more Nouveau than anything. So I think your colleague is kind of right, but also wrong. And I bet the retired colleague’a wedding dress was not as nice as that, probably had longer sleeves and probably didn’t have the low back.

Post # 25
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

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@LearCat23:  Just wanted to say that I’m from Manchester but live in Kent/Greater London too! Weird. Small world.

Got my dress from Jasmine’s Bridal.

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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@LearCat23:  I was considering a Grace Loves Lace dress too, I eventually decided against it, as I was able to see up close pictures of a real bride in one (in a magazine) and the fabric looked… Cheap and stretchy.

From what you are describing, it sounds like my dress might be something you are interested in, very flowy, lace bodice. Its by Karen Willis Holmes, but I’ve decided on another dress, so if you were interested in it, send me a PM.

 

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@LearCat23:  I think the dress is beautiful.  Don’t let your co-workers opinion affect you too much…everyone has such different taste..the only thing thats important is that you like it 🙂

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Wannabee

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LearCat23: 

Hi! I caught this post pretty late – i hope its not too late! I have just received my graceloveslace dress (Marisol) and was going through extreme levels of anxiety while waiting, because i took a leap of faith though their responses to my emails were a bit slow and unfulfilling.

 

In regards to delivery, I live in Hong Kong and it took 3 days to reach me with tracking. They emailed me to confirm my address before shipping.

The dress is exactly as I thought it would be and i really love it and all my bridesmaids who have seen it say its the most unique dress they have seen! Personal I love it for the no-zipper, slip on airiness =)

Let me know if you want a pic x

 

Cheers!

Post # 29
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’ve just bought the Jasmine F161020 dress and it’s amazing! Really floaty and light, as my wedding is next august I didn’t want to be too hot! It has tonnes of sparkles and is really delicate lace, beautiful around the bottom too with shaped lace!

 I paid £700 for it in a sale, but the shop was selling it for £1128 full price.

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