I ran into similar problems with my first dress (also from Monica Bridal) and I think you made the same mistakes I did. I assumed that what they did really is a "copy" of the dress in the picture, but it is not. They use the picture as inspiration to make a dress that has similar structure. I later had a dress made (by someone else) and I drew all over the picture, indicating exactly which parts I wanted to look the same as the "inspiration" and had a much better result. Based on that alone, I would say maybe order a second dress with the pictures you have marked up below... I think you'll be happier, because I know I was!
The skirt on your inspiration dress and my final dress are similar... very opaque. The skirt that was actually made on your dress and my final one are similar as well... one layer of tulle and it looks very sheer (you can find my dress a few pages back). I asked if they could put another layer of tulle to make it more opaque and they told me it wouldn't be necessary, so I trusted them. When my dress arrived and I tried it on, I saw they were right! The skirt of my dress still is not as opaque as the inspiration dress, but the way it falls is opaque enough that it looks good and better than the pictures that were sent. I think if more tulle was added, the skirt just would not look right. I'm happy to post a picture of what I mean if you like, just let me know.
Hope that helps, I know that sometimes what we visualize in our heads is so different than what the dressmaker is thinking so its disappointing to see what they turn out with. But I do think that (minor differences aside), your dress does look nice even if its not what you had wanted. Someone else here mentioned that the pictures they send you dont look as nice as the actual dress when you receive it, and I do have to agree with that!
Originally Posted by shootystar
Here is the inspiration dress, they had it for order on dhgate so it isn't a customization job.
Here they are compared
I told them that I couldn't accept it as it is and they've told me that they basically won't have time to make another one because their new years holiday is coming up. Then they said that they would try to make it in 10 days. So I'm actually not sure if they will do it or not. I'm thinking of just offering $50 more to try and make sure they do it and do it well. Ho many more layers of tulle do you guys think the dress would need to become more opaque like the original? Right now it has 3 layers.