Post # 1
I am getting married in May and I am starting to freak out because I still don’t have a dress.
Early in my wedding planning a seamstress friend of mine offered to custom make my dress from scratch..then decided she would rather i find a simple dress with the basic outline I want and she would embellish upon it for me. So I began my search of just looking for a simple dress to work with. I’ve been having a difficult time just finding that.. and my friend is super busy and I don’t think she’ll even have time to do anything at this point.
I’ve been searching for a flowy, ethereal vintage dress with a fitted waist in an ivory/cream off white color (prefer chiffon material but anything works as long as it flows nicely) I don’t like traditional style wedding dresses–thus why I am looking for vintage. I also like the vintage style and like the idea of the garmet i’m going to wear having history behind it.
I live in Los Angeles and have been to numerous vintage/consignment stores in my area. I seem to have no problem finding vintage 50s style tea-length dresses (which are cute but totally not what I want to wear for my wedding) but I have yet to find a pretty flowy vintage style dress. I’ve also gone to a couple bridal salons even though I wanted to stay away from bridal stores and found nothing like what I’m looking for..not too mention all their dresses were waaaay out of my budget.
Any advice bees? Is there anyone out there whose wedding day is coming up that close and still doesn’t have a dress? I feel like I’m the only one and most bought their dresses at least 4-6 months prior to the wedding. I’ve been searching on ebay and etsy and anywhere I can. I know it seems risky to buy something online but I’m trying in any avenue I can to find a dress.
And ontop of it all my mother is driving me crazy constantly sending me ebay auctions of ugly dresses that aren’t all what i like and saying that she thinks we could “do something” with it or that my seamstress friend could make it into a nice dress and I keep thinking there’s no time for that because most of these dresses would need a lot of work to look like what I’m looking for. So she’s adding to the stress of it even more because she has this idea of what SHE thinks I should wear. I know she means well but its making it even more difficult on me. 🙁
I’m starting to freak out and its causing me the most stress out of wedding stuff. I’m so worried I’m going to end up with nothing and then what will i wear on my wedding day?!
Post # 3
have you tried j crew??? http://www.jcrew.com/wedding/Wedding_Bride/gowns.jsp’ defer=’defer
ive bought from etsy and its totally legit, just make sure you read the reviews before you buy 🙂
Post # 4
Limited also has a wedding collection now, as does anthropologie. They might have the flowy dress you’re looking for!
Call ahead to the bridal salons, there should be some that have a slew of dresses for less than $1k. They’re also getting in tons of Spring 2011 dresses, so they should be selling their older samples at quite a bargain.
Have you considered looking at white bridesmaid dresses? Or have you looked at Bloomingdales/Nordstrom/Niemans?
Post # 5
I love the suggestions above. I also thought I would throw in my experience. I was 4 weeks out to my wedding and still didn’t have adress. I ordered from this website and everything came out beautifully and wiht the fastest shipping it came in my timeframe. They make custom sizes which I think would be a problem for you unless you fit everything right off the rack. When I sent in my measurements the dress fit me right out of the bag with nothing extra needed.
Here is my review.
My Dressilyme CHINA dress is ready!!!!
My Dressilyme CHINA dress is ready!!!! Part 2
Other than that the websites above from the other girls should get you what you need in time. I hope it all works out for you.
Post # 6
Good luck with your dress! I know its stressful but your original idea sounds so beautiful. Please post what you choose ^_^
Post # 7
Definitely check out Nordstrom. They are really getting into making bridal salons in their stores. At the one near me they have set it up where they even have bridal consultants and a bridal dress & accessories section. Some of the dresses are less than $500 and ready to wear which is awesome! Also try recycledbride.com, oncewed.com, and preownedweddingdresses.com.
Post # 8
Too bad there isn’t a picture of your vision or a more detailed description? I’m sure many bees would chime in since we were all in the looking for dresses boat at one point of another.
I was also, going to mention JCrew. Right now their flowy dresses are like $200 SOME and by now, Not sure if they’d have your size….All I know is they go quick. So jump on that if you are able.
What was the price bracket?
I’ve seen vintage/inspired with flow for $1,000.
Post # 9
I am planning on getting a Nataya 9005 dress in pink. There is another Nataya dress that sounds almost exactly like what you were describing.If this dress doesn’t work for you just search on Nataya, she has several designs that are very pretty from XS to 3XL.
This is the one I was talking about. And here is mine:
Post # 10
Thank you so much everyone’s suggestions and input!
This is the dress that I’d been inspired by and wanted to try and recreate something similar (back when my seamstress friend was going to sew it)
SandyThePoet- I actually was looking into the Nataya dresses a little while back. They are really pretty.. my problem was that they weren’t long enough and pretty much all are empire-waisted and i want something fitted in the waist. They are really pretty dresses though–totally vintage-y. 🙂
Just last night I came up with an idea for a dress as i was looking at one of my bridesmaids’s dresses.. since the wedding is so close and i’m having such a different time finding the “right” dress… i thought why not do a convertible wrap dress? That’s what my bridesmaids dresses are going to be . and i found butterbynadia has a lovely long flowy one in Ivory. Picture here:
What do you guys think? Then I could tie it however i want to create the style i want instead of trying to search to find the exact right dress that i have imagined. My mom hates the idea when i showed her a picture of it. “You’re thinking of doing a WRAP dress?” she scowled, like it was the worst thing ever.
I think it could be really cool and i could still add some embellishments to dress it up more. I’m running out of time. What are your thoughts? Not a good idea or could it end up looking really nice?
Post # 11
The wrap dress is a wonderful idea as well. This will allow you to use accessories to add bling. Definitely check out Nordie’s in Woodlawn Hills because that location carries wedding dresses. I believe JCrew @ the Farmers Market carries JCrew’s wedding line. Also check out BCBG in Beverly Hills. Ann Taylor also has a ready to wear wedding dress line but I don’t know which LA location has the wedding line. Since you want more of a flowy chiffon dress you should check out destination dresses, which tend to be ready to wear. I was originally going to wear a BCBG dress but my girlfriend laid down the law. Good Luck
Post # 12
Have you looked at samples for sale at bridal boutiques? They can be majorly discounted, and I am sure you could find a flowy chiffon gown! That way you get it off the rack, and you still have time to fit in some alterations. I would give it a whirl! You never know, you may stumble onto something fabulous!