D14me: I think your dress is stunning and that they did a very good job. My actual dress turned out better than the proofs, but I can see how you would want more pleating at the top, maybe ask them for more "scrunching and more sheer layers for the sweeping part over the bodice to create a more "pleat-like" look..." I actually went out and bought a separate flower to clip on my strap to create more of a fuller flower strap because I felt that the original flowers weren't quite enough... but by the end of the night, I had so much fun, I lost my flower clip and no one noticed... I guess I partied too hard...It will wear more beautifully than it appears on the proofs because it's designed for your body shape and I can just picture the elegance of the train, so keep the train... you can always ask for a bustle. I think they charged me about 10 bucks but it was all I needed. Best wishes on your wedding!
Cindy: Thanks hun! I thought it was a pretty good deal too. I really went in on this knock off thing without intention to expect a glamourous dress...and maybe that helped a lot when I got it- although you'd be surprise of the polyester taffeta that I was so worried about! It's actually a great weight and no one would have ever guessed my dress was under $200 smackeroos! The other reason was that since I didn't wish to preserve the dress, I'm getting it chopped above the knees and hugged for my anniversary... I'm so frugal in that way...lol, but it's only because I loved the versatility of the bodice! If you went for the real deal, don't feel bad, that's a permanent guarantee on the beauty and quality! I wouldn't feel bad at all, you'll be beautiful! Just think of this knockoff route as an outlet for when you may need a different kind of dress for a future event you can actually risk the authencity of it!