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PLEASE HELP!!! MAJOR DRESS WOBBLES. have my dress already and thinking about changing it... but the new dress will cost me over $1000 more!! what to do..........

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#1 SMB2B

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    Posted 18 December 2010 - 12:34 PM

    Hi everyone,


    I really really would appreciate your advice!  I am having a major wobble!!

    I am a bride on a budget.  We are getting married in Secrets Maroma Beach (just the 2 of us) and having a AHR after.  As its just the 2 of us I really did not want to spend afortune on my dress.  

    soooo...i bought a preowned gown. C122 by allure couture






    this is me in the dress (above and below). it is fitting terribly right now and needs a major steam.



    #2 SMB2B

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      Posted 18 December 2010 - 12:42 PM

      soooooooo... a good friend of mine was going to try on dresses so i went with her.  the salon had the new range of mikaella dresses and i am in love!!


      Its Mikaella 1503.  




      what should i do!  


      keep the one i have or go for this brand new gown.  waiting for my friend to send me some pics of me in the dress she has on her camera. will hopefully get them posted soon.


      My wedding is in May so the salon says i have to order next week or pay extra for rush delivery.


      so confused!!



      #3 Pucca

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        Posted 18 December 2010 - 12:52 PM

        Your dress is pretty but it does need some work and steaming before one can tell how it really looks on you. I'm not sure how much alterations and steaming will cost but I'd check out David's Bridal if you're really watching your budget. They do have some beautiful dresses for less than $1000. Maybe you might want to check them out and do a cost comparison. Good luck!

        #4 Pucca

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          Posted 18 December 2010 - 12:57 PM

          Sorry. Am on my phone and didn't see the other picture. It's beautiful too. I think ultimately you will have to decide which one will bring you less, or no, regrets. Paying later for a dress you love or sticking with the one you bought. Tough! :-/

          #5 josietoms

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            Posted 18 December 2010 - 02:57 PM

            You need to find out how much it would cost to have your existing dress altered and then compare it to the cost of the 'new' dress you have seen - then make your decision - unless your heart is telling you to do for the new option x

            Josie x

            #6 fmichelle

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              Posted 18 December 2010 - 06:18 PM

              I think it's really hard to tell your true feelings on the first dress because it is unaltered and because it needs to be steamed.  You have to think back about why you fell in love with that dress in the first place and what is it about the second dress that makes you think it's more appropriate.  With the second dress, there's no reason you can't but that one or one very similar pre-owned as well.  I bought my dress pre-owned, really didn't see a reason to spend so much on something that was only worn for a few hours.  Don't let the salon's pressure tactics make your decision, you make your decision.  They're both really similar, and if you really like the single strap idea, I'm sure who ever alters the dress can add a strap.  Just my two cents.  I think they're both beautiful and I think you will look perfect on your day either way.

              #7 schmizer

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                Posted 18 December 2010 - 07:35 PM

                I think Fmichelle's advice is really good.  Try to narrow your feelings down about what the right move is.  You are the only one that is going to ultimately know what is best for you.

                #8 DiamondGirl

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                  Posted 19 December 2010 - 12:29 AM

                  I agree with Fmichelle. There's a reason why you choose the first dress. I would get it steamed and altered. I would also add straps and would look very similar to the second dress. You'll save money and have the look of two dresses in one, which is a PLUS!!















                  #9 SMB2B

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                    Posted 19 December 2010 - 02:49 AM

                    thank you all so much for taking the time to reply.  really dont know what to do!!  i think i am being drawn in by having a 'new' dress.  i was the first to try it on and the salon and so it was perfect!  I bought my preowned one a few months ago so it is super creased and i hate the front on photo above.  it was actually taken by the lady i am thinking about using for alterations and it looks even worse cos it is pinned at the sides.  The alteration lady said it was a fab dress and will look amazing.  She is also a bridal designer and said she would make me a full length veil.  


                    here is a pic when i just got it so less creased!!




                    i just dont know what to do.  i think part of me thinks i am missing out by not having a brand new dress?  but then i am wondering if they really are that different.  If I go for the Mikaella it will prob cost me another $1000....


                    Any advice on anything I could do to make the dress I have more headturning.  In my eyes I see the mikaella as more of a wow headturning dress...  

                    #10 Sallee

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                      Posted 19 December 2010 - 03:47 AM

                      The two are very similar styles, can the lady who is doing your alterations make it a little more unique and take some features from the mikaela?

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