(Closed) Why J Crew Wedding Dress?posted 7 years ago in Dress
- 7 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
Here was me in my Sophia gown.
The straps needed to be taken up an inch (they are pinned in the photo). Even then, my bust did not fill the dress out properly. I think it needed too many alterations for my taste. My back looked far too wide than I cared for. Like I was a prowrestler or something.
The Dune and Arabelle were on my list but the were over $400 when I was looking.
InWeddingDress.com has some JCrew replicas – one of which (Dune) is being worn by a bride on my Pinterest board. The Grand Teton elopement one.
- 7 years ago
My friend got married wearing jcrew last year and she was stunning! I may be biased, but goodness was she gorgeous! I thought it was an awesome dress!
- 7 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
I just got married a couple of weeks ago and would definitely, definitely recommend the J Crew dresses! I actually bought the Bettina online, on a whim due to a 30% off coupon code (total with free shipping and tax was $387!), a week after we got engaged last September. I tried it on a few weeks later, felt fine about it, and just kept it. One nice thing about getting a dress from J Crew is that if you already know your size in their clothes (I’m a 4), in my opinion the wedding dress would need little to no alterations. I went to a seamstress to have mine altered and since she agreed that the top/bodice fit like a glove, we just had to hem it and put in a small bustle. I’m sure others might need a nip or a tuck here or there especially in the strapless, but J Crew generally fits my body type pretty well so it was nice to just kind of know my size and not have anyone talking me into sizing up and then altering down. Alterations can get expensive too! And side note on body type – I’m fairly athletic but I am very pear shaped and the sheath style of the Bettina still worked with Spanx so don’t be too afraid of the sheaths.
My reasoning was: I have always liked the J Crew wedding look book, had a smallish budget, and my wedding was also outdoors so I definitely did not want a princess dress but I liked that the Bettina has a short train so I actually felt bridal. The whole engagement, I wasn’t sure if I missed out on the whole dress shopping experience with my mom and girlfriends, but at the same time I felt like it’s so hyped up and the dresses in salons are so expensive that I’d probably overpay. And to be honest, I may not have even chosen my own dress if I were trying it on with several others, BUT during the wedding I could not have been happier with it. I didn’t really feel a “connection” to my dress or like it was “the one” until my mom buttoned me up the day of the wedding…and now I am seriously in love with that dress! I got a lot of compliments on it too.
Anyway to answer your question I totally get what you mean that the J Crew doesn’t necessarily look bridal and I had slight concerns about that my entire engagement (never admitted it though!), but the day-of was perfect. Their quality is great, mine was a nice heavy fabric that draped well and held up well, it has a full substantial silk lining, and since my wedding was outdoors I really liked that I had a simpler look. I don’t have too many photos yet but here are a couple I swiped from friends if you’d like to see! Hope my answer helps. I would definitely give J Crew a shot during one of their sales (25% off right now I think!) and if you hate it you’re not out too much $ if you have to return. I have also seen good things on the internet about brides just getting long white dresses from Nordstrom which has free shipping/returns, so that’s an option too! Good luck!
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