Post # 1
I still have a little time before I start thinking about alterations or anything like that, but I’m really having trouble deciding on a petticoat to go with my dress. It’s an Oleg Cassini, ct291….and I got it from David’s Bridal on final clearance over a year ago (just a couple weeks after I got engaged)…so we didn’t get the petticoat or veil or anything yet. I’m not even having David’s Bridal do the alterations, a friend who is a seamstress is doing them instead because I want to change the back of the dress to a corset back so that it will support my large (G cup) chest a little better, and David’s Bridal wanted to charge an arm and a leg for that.
This is a stock photo of the dress…
I’m not sure what they’ve got on under that dress, but when I was trying on dresses at David’s Bridal they had me wear the “most full petticoat they had” and it didn’t look nearly that poofy. I’m concerned if I get the petticoat they had me try it on with it won’t be what I want. I want it to be very full at the bottom, to help balance out my very full bust. LOL
I really love that big, ballgown look. I’m hesitant to get a hoop skirt though, because I know all about the difficulties trying to sit down or dance with one on. I’m wondering if there is a petticoat that’s super extra full that will give me that hoop skirt look without actually having the hoops.
I also haven’t gotten a veil yet. I’m looking for something fingertip length with several layers, but I don’t want to cover my face during the ceremony. Any suggestions for that would also be appreciated.
Post # 3
I would bet they used a hoop skirt under that dress. I would look for an adjustable hoop with 3 or 4 hoops. As far as a veil, I would look on etsy, they have some beautiful and reasonably priced veils maker on there.
I love that dress, it was in my final 3.
Welcome to the Hive and happy planning!
Post # 4
@DivineFidelity: That is at least a four hoop unless there is a ton of crinoline underneath. I actually got my 2 layer cathedral veil on Ebay for $13 from China.
Post # 5
I was really hoping to avoid the hoop skirt. The chairs at my venue are a little bit awkward, and I’m not sure if I would even be able to sit down with a hoop skirt on. They have arms and are an awkward shape, and I’m already not a small bride so I don’t know that there would be any room for a hoop skirt.
These are the chairs…
Does anyone have any experience with wearing a hoop skirt with chairs like this? What about dancing? I feel like the first dance would be awkward because I wouldn’t be able to stand close to my husband.
Post # 6
What about wearing 2 crinolines? It’ll be hot but if you aren’t willing to wear a hoop then I’d suggest that.
Post # 7
Wearing 3 or 4 hoops might make it hard to sit in that chair – but only if the hoops are too high up. My underskirt has a hoop, and it is so much more comfortable than itchy crinoline next to my legs. I’m also considering taking it off to “dress down” my gown at the end of the night – but we’ll see!
Hoops only “props up” the part right where the hoop is – so you wouldn’t want to have a hoop on your underskirt that hits at the part of your thigh that sits in the chair.. I actually think you would be more likely to be able to sit in a tight seat with a hoop skirt (which can be compressed) than a crinoline (which is very dense). Also, if a hoop skirt keeps you away from your husband, so will an equivalent amount of crinoline.