(Closed) Your Dream Dress vs. Your Actual Dress

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
949 posts
Busy bee

I used the replica dress thread to get advice on a custom gown. The dress I wanted was several years old and no longer for sale anywhere, and I didn’t love any other dress as much, so I had a replica made. It turned out pretty good!! (but not quite perfect, alas). Here is a pic on the original inspiration gown, and here is the final result.

rafael cennamo 1



Post # 3
408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2021 - Long Island, NY

Following this thread because my wedding isnt until 2019 and I’m sure the dress I love will not be the dress I end up with. This is the gown I’m currently drooling over though:

Post # 5
993 posts
Busy bee

I had always envisioned myself getting married in a lace dress with a colored sash.  Every lace dress I tried on bored me to absolute tears, so I wound up with a va va voom fit and flair blinged out dress.  

Post # 6
25 posts
  • Wedding: June 2017

I had lusted over Phyllis by Maggie Sottero so hard.  I tried her on and was horribly disappointed. I’m only 5’2″ and I’ve got curves. Phyllis just didn’t compliment me like a dreamed. Sheet trying on different styles,  I ended up falling head over heels for Emma. Totally different night and day ladies. 

Post # 8
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

When I first got engaged, my dream dress was the Pronovias Yesuru (left). The price tag of $11000usd (I live in Canada, so even more for me) quickly made this dress unrealistic. I then fell in love with the Marcela (right), but none of my local bridal boutiques had it in store. The place I ended up purchasing my dress at was willing to check if the Sottero & Midgley warehouse had one in my size and have them rush it over, but I would’ve had to pay full price and no returns even if it didn’t work out. I really wanted to try it on before deciding whether to get it or not, as it’s still a pretty pricey gown. I ended up not taking the risk after trying on several other similar ball gown types. They were all very heavy and I just wasn’t sure if the corset part of the Marcela would stay put, since it’s very stiff. I looked at videos of models wearing it and the top chest area of the corset would just… kind of move around, and not lay flush to the body, if you Bees get what I mean.

I ended up with the following, another Sottero & Midgley gown! And a pic of the whole look with the veil. 😀

Post # 9
3460 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Dream (tried it on and it looked awful on me!)


Post # 10
467 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

dream dress is Amsale Reese

my dress was wtoo mimi

Post # 11
3383 posts
Sugar bee

We had a long engagement, almost 2 years. At the start, my dream dress was Leah by Anne Barge.  Then I fell in love with a dress from Ellis Bridals  that I saw on Instagram. I ended up purchasing the latter for my wedding!


Post # 12
4106 posts
Honey bee

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lenapie :  I actually prefer what you ended up with.

Post # 13
555 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2017 - Lake Louise Canada

Really wanted this J’aton but turns out it was a one-off custom for this bride. Wound up with this pretty Pronovias, alas theres no comparison 🙁

Post # 15
409 posts
Helper bee

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hard2handle :  Personally, I like Emma more! Do you have any pics of yourself in it?

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