Post # 1
I went dress shopping for the first time on Saturday. I went to David’s Bridal, and then Bridal and Veil in San Diego, looking for my two favorite dresses, VW351124, and Pronovias Dogma. While Bridal & Veil didn’t have Pronovias Dogma, I did get to try on the “Basket Weave Organza with Floral Detail” Vera Wang White dress! I like it because it is very “springtime garden,” which fits my venue perfectly.
Ignore the tank-top tan! I went on a very sunny hike!
– I want to alter the neckline to a curved sweetheart
– I want to alter the satin loop thingie to a bow, probably by cutting it in half lengthwise, and hemming the edges, and then putting some fabric in the middle of the two loops for the “knot.” Yes, I know I’ll have to take the dress to an independent seamstress in order to alter the original design. :-
– The dress was 2 sizes too big for me, so hopefully if I order it, it won’t have those wrinkles etc.
– I am wearing my wedding-day heels, and I am not standing on a podium. With the shoes, I think I am about 5’9”. Fiance is 6 feet tall.
– What do you think of the dress? I want your honest opinions before I buy it (if I actually do)!
– I am afraid the material will look and feel cheap. I may have to go back and look more closely, but I felt it was very nylon-polyester-ish, and I wasn’t wowed by the quality upon first impression.
– Do you think those alterations can be made successfully? I keep imagining the changes into the bow, and it might look crappy!
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
I really like this dress. I wouldn’t change it to sweetheart. I really like it as is.
Post # 4
If you already want to change that much about it, keep looking. It doesn’t sound lik eyou’re excited about this dress.
Post # 5
I feel like yeah, I may not be SUPER excited about this dress, but I’ve looked at probably thousands and this one and Dogma are the only two that I really like, aside from a $14,000 Oscar de la Renta dress, and that’s definitely not gonna happen, haha!
Any other feedback, bees?
Post # 6
I love it, I think it looks perfect the way it is!
Post # 7
No other opinions? C’mon, I need ya, bees!
Post # 8
Just my two cents here… I kinda agree with PP. If you want to change the dress so much, there might be something else for you. You mentioned that you’ve looked at thousands of dresses already, did you mean you were looking at magazines and online, or were you able to try them on?
You look great on the dress, don’t get me wrong. But I think, there’s something else out there that would look even more phenomenal on you, without that much alterations 🙂
Post # 9
The sash isn’t doing much for your waistline – if you’re going to alter it, I vote altering that to be a wider and more fitted waist.
Post # 10
@KathPuj: I’ve looked at a ton online, basically all the dresses on the designer’s websites that are in my price range (and some outside price range), plus what’s on Preownedweddingdress.com, oncewed, and recycledbride in my size and price range. I’ve tried on about 20 dresses at DB and the other salon. I’ve found silhouettes that I like, but I think I’m really stuck on 3D flower appliques, especially ones that cascade. I’ll keep looking though, as you and PP suggested. 🙂 Although I’m not ready to give up on this one, haha!
@gangqinjia: what do you mean? I’m not sure I’m envisioning it :]
Post # 11
I agree with PP…if there is that much you want to change on a dress, I suggest to keep looking! And you would be amazed what looks good on you that doesn’t jump out at you online or in a magazine.
Also, did you ask the Pronovias salon if they can get the dress in for you to try? Some salons will charge you ~$50 to ship a dress in from the designer, and will put it towards the dress if you choose to order it.
Did you try any Pronovias dresses on? I have a Pronovias dress, and if you are worried about quality of the VW White, you will be blown away with the quality of Pronovias in a similar budget. Just some food for thought.
Post # 12
Honestly? I think if you want to change the dress so much, it is not the one. Plus you sound hesitant? I think a gown with a drop waist may look more flattering on you. It looks like you have a slightly short torso like me and I found natural-waisted dresses cut my body funny (lots of leg, not enough on top!).
Quality-wise I am not a fan of DB dresses, even the VW line. For not too much more you can get a nicer gown if you look into Mori Lee, Casablanca, Maggie Sottero, La Sposa/San Patrick (Pronovias’s cheaper lines), Aire Barcelona, etc and they come with the appropriate structure support. Definitely look at the dresses in person and even try them on! SO many times I hated how a dress looked in the model photos or on the hanger and was surprised by how much I liked it! I live in SD and can suggest a couple other bridal salons to check out if you’re interested. If price is major concern for you, you can always ask the salon if they’d be willing to sell their sample.
Edit: I thought to add if you go to Bridal & Veil again, ask for a discount. They will offer 15% off on any gowns except Maggie Sottero. Actually any salon you go to, doesn’t hurt to ask for a discount.
Post # 13
@arabesque: Thank you for all your help! I’ve only been to DB and “Bridal & Veil” in Mission Valley, but I have another appointment at Bridal & Tuxedo Galleria this month, but I would love to hear your recommendations for bridal salons! Also, I will definitely check out La Sposa/San Patrick and Aire Barcelona 🙂 Were those designers available in most salons you went to?
Post # 14
@toasty: I had a slightly higher budget, but if you’re in the under $2K range Bridal & Veil has the largest selection (you really almost need to go there twice because it’s so huge). If you look at the designer’s website they will tell you what salons carry their lines. Let me PM you some recommendations 🙂
Post # 15
agree with PPs, if you want to alter so much about it, you should keep looking. If you thought it felt like nylon/polyester, it probably is.
Post # 16
@toasty: I’m not really good at explaining things but I’ll try! 🙂
When I look at the model picture, I see the waistline hugging her right at the smallest point of her waist. That’s the best fit in my opinion (no offense to baby doll lovers) – the skirt flows much more naturally rather than “poofing out” from the ribs.
On you, the waistline seems to be a little higher than your tiniest spot. Like maybe it’s hugging your ribcage instead? You could either make the sash wider, so it does hit that tiny waist, or move it down.
Did that make any more sense? I can try again if I’m still confusing!