Post # 1
For bees that considered or actually wore a J-Crew wedding dress, why? I’ve been checking out their dresses for my small outdoor ceremony but I am worried about quality – that it won’t be bridal enough (esp considering the price tag). A lot of their dresses look like normal evening gowns in white that 4x as expensive as what I would expect, so are they actually more bridal in person?
I am not even sure if I make sense but I am debating getting the arabelle.
Post # 3
I am wearing a J. Crew dress for my wedding on October 12. I will be wearing the Mirabelle gown. I went to 4 other bridal stores before going to J. Crew and had a horrible time finding gowns that were what I was looking for and in my price range. No matter what I told them at each store about my budget, they did not seem to care and would only show my dresses that were twice as much and higher. When I got to J. Crew I was able to try on every gown they had and I just felt more myself when I had the Mirabelle gown on. I actually went into the appointment *knowing* that the Principessa would be the gown for me, but when I tried it on it hit me in the wrong places and made me look wide. I was also able to get my gown and a reception dress for less than my original budget for just the wedding gown.
It was nice placing an order and then getting the dress within a week. I have had my dress hanging in the dress bag in my closet since January and I know that it fits well since it is in my street size. When I go to get it tailored this weekend I will only have to have them take it in a small bit, which also cuts down on the cost.
I have never had an issue with quality with J. Crew clothing or dresses when I have bought them for other occasions and I do not feel that there is a quality difference. The dress that you mention is a strapless sweetheart shiffon gown. I tried it on but decided that I did not want to have to wear a strapless bra on my wedding day, so it was not for me. You might also want to try out the Taryn gown or the Nadia gown.
If you have a J. Crew near you that has the gowns in stock you should make an appointment to go to try them on. If not, you can order the dresses and return them either through the mail or to a local store if you do not like them. J. Crew has a 90 day return policy even on their wedding gowns.
I don’t know if any of this information helped at all. I felt lost when I was buying a gown from there too since it seems like there is no one who has gotten their gowns from there recently.
Post # 4
I don’t have a J Crew near me so I would have to buy on faith that I’d like it, the 90 day return policy is comforting though!
Post # 5
Brides can also check out prom dresses, evening gowns and bridesmaid dresses if they are looking for something that is not stamped “wedding dress”, either in fabric, design or price.
Post # 6
I meant to type 60 not 90. But a 60 day return policy for a wedding gown is still great.
Post # 7
@CrazyCatLady13: I actually like that their style isn’t overly bridal. I wore the Sabine and got it off oncewed.com for $350 never worn. I added a sash from Etsy.
Post # 8
I was sure J Crew’s Corrina would be the dress for me, I loved how simple and sleek it looked. Once it arrived the quality of the fabric was good, but I wasn’t too impressed with the cut and assembly. After some major dress regret I ended up sending it back. The dress regret ended up costing me the return postage fee and the tax money, but I’m glad I didn’t go with it as I felt so awkward in it. However, the dress felt like it was made for someone much taller than me so perhaps J Crew will work for you if you’re not as short as me (5’3).
Post # 9
I loved their styling, but their cuts were soooo awkward on me. Their simple dresses are a pretty decent price, given the materials used. You’re not going to find silk dresses much cheaper than that.
Post # 10
I bought 2 jcrew dresses to try on but I returned them. The quality I felt was great for the price. I like the jcrew styles because they are “simple” but still have an edge. I say go for it. I was able to return the dresses at my local store too so it wasnt a big gamble. Shipping was free also.
Post # 11
I love the look of their dresses- so airy, beachy, simple- but have always found that every time I see a picture of a real-life bride in them, the cut looks nothing like it does on the model. They seem to look awkward on real human bodies. Never seen one in person though, so I don’t know about the quality of the material or anything.
Post # 12
@CrazyCatLady13: For some reason I love the simplicity of the JCrew gowns. For a while it was perfect for my elopement wedding with a restaurant dinner. Then we changed it all up and I did want something fancier.
I started a Pinterest board with real JCrew brides too:
I had the Sophia in Chiffon. It was flowy and comfortable. But it didn’t fit our location in the end.
Post # 13
I am wearing the JCrew Dune gown for my wedding next April.
I fell in love with it online, and took a chance and bought it new off ebay and it was only $260 AUD instead of $1000 AUD from their website. Figured if I hated it or if i found something else I liked, then there wasnt much lost.
The gamble really paid off, it is a gorgeous gown and the quality is fantastic I tend to agree with @allyouneedislove:
, although the dress fits, it definately needs to be altered to fit ME. I think this is possibly where alot of JCrew brides go wrong – many pic’s i’ve seen of my gown on other brides, seem to be wearing it as is, straight off the rack, even if it is waaaay too long in the length?? WTF?
I have always liked beachy, flowly wedding dresses, i am just not into the whole poofy/princess dress thing, plus I want to be comfortable and unique! As this is an import from the US i am pretty confident that NOBODY in my area would of worn this dress before. Although the dress is quite simple and elegant, i think the jewellery and accessories I have picked out bling it up enough to be weddingy.
here is my little inspiration board. the dress is much more creamy/ivory in real life than pictured. Iam also having the crystal buttons in the picture below added to the centre of each flower on the shoulder of the dress , to just add a little more sparkle.
I just need to get my act together pop around to mum and dad’s where the dress is being held to try it on all together but i have no doubt it will all come together and look how i envision it.
love the pintrest board!
Post # 14
1) A lot of people are looking for a less bridal look, which is where J Crew excels.
2) J Crew regular price is really expensive…but they have great sales.
Post # 15
@CrazyCatLady13: just had a quick look on ebay and the Arabelle is there for around $300. The seller I purchased from was thepinkbee
Post # 16
I had an exceptional experience at the JCrew Bridal Store here in Boston and could not have been treated better. They listened to everything I said and went above and beyond to get me the dress of my dreams. My Violette dress is extremely high quality and a beautiful, bridal design I think that reflects me and what I wanted as a bride without being over the top froofy, huge or sparkly (all of which were beautiful but just not my personal taste for my summer wedding). Below is the link to my own post about my experience and my gown and some pictures! Keep in mind that many are priced much lower than other bridal gowns and you can also apply coupons to them (I used 30% off to bring my $1500 dress down to $1000 which for the style I thought was very reasonable compared to those at other bridal salons). Some simpler designs do often go on sale too (mine was limited edition).