Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The DRESS(es)!!! Part Deux - The Reception Dress

So in yesterday's post, I showed you my wedding gown.  I also talked about how I had fallen out of love with her a bit....until, I put her on at my first fitting and told Janet (my seamstress) about how unhappy I was with her for some reason.  I shared some pictures of Miss SaBelle with Janet and told her that something wasn't laying right throughout the gown and I didn't like it. 

I also told her that I wanted the detail of the beading and the lace to show well through the front of the dress but I didn't want to have to wear a skirt (crinoline) underneath the gown in order to 'push' everything out and make it fuller and more visible.  The dress already weighs a ton so added fabric is not an option!

Thankfully, Janet got down there on the ground and started messing with my gown and was pleasantly surprised to see that with the gathers, pickups and the way the gown was stitched together, she could easily make some alterations to please me.

We first snipped a few threads from the very front of the dress...and suddenly, she laid perfectly!  The front flowed down across and didn't look like steps up my legs!  We then cut off two of the little rosettes that were on the front of the gown - it was too busy with all those flowers.  While they looked pretty up near the gathers, they looked lame just sitting on the front of the fabric.  Anyway, with a few snips and readjusting the fabric, my dream dress came back into view.  Janet saved the day!

So once that was out of the way, I slipped into what I like to call the Greek Goddess gown!  We didn't take any photos of it in Janet's home, but I do have some images from when I first bought her in my own home:

This will be the dress I perform our first dance in as well as keep on throughout the dancing portion of the reception:









She's a light ivory with a pretty chiffon flowy part and a very high sexy slit!  She has some gold throughout the applique and so I opted for some fun little gold heels to wear with her - sorry no pics yet, but I have them!  They are super comfy and will be great to dance in and have just a little bit of bling on them.  :)

So, there you have it...she needs to be steamed obviously and I need to find a super slim body hugging type garment to wear under her since she hugs my bod along my panty line :(  But other than that, seamstress Janet said it was a super cute dress and baby sis said it was pretty. 

I had originally thought I would do a short dress number for the reception change and was looking at these two dresses:





Source:  Windsor dress shop

But I'm glad I opted for the longer dress...as I think it is still sort of bridal but fun and different.  Are any of you ladies opting for a second dress to change into?

20 comments:

Nicole-Lynn said...

Love the reception dress! So pretty! I am planning on changing into another dress for our last dance and exit...

thehickbride said...

Super pretty! Looks amazing on you!

I bought one dress but it's definitely easy to dance in and I made sure of it! I danced around the PACKED bridal salon, got strange looks too! =)

LauraLou said...

I love this one just as much as the first one! Gorgeous! I think a second dress would be so fun, but I loove my first one and want to wear it as long as possible! :)

PartyPlannerGal said...

This dress is also beautiful! I don't have two gowns, but I will be changing into a sari for our Hindu ceremony. My fiance's mom is going to India to pick it out for me, along with some jewelry. I can't wait to see what she comes up with!

redwhitebride said...

love your dress!! i'm planning to change too. bought a short dress but i'm not sure it's the one... yet.

Bicoastal Bride said...

I think it’s a great pick, and I love how different it is from your first gown, giving a whole different look and feel. It’s going to look fabulous!

Em said...

I love it!! It's so slinky and silky and I'm sure Mr. Fix It is going to have a hard time keeping his hands off you during the reception ;) My reception dress is short and I love it soo much (it's somewhere on my blog.) I had the hardest time finding a recep dress. Probably a harder time than finding my big dress.

Thanks again for your suggestion yesterday, by the way!!

Christin said...

I love it! Very pretty and elegant!

Vanessa said...

I LOVE this dress - you look sensational in it, really. I also love the short dress on you so much that I think you should have that too... for a rehearsal dinner or the next day. You have an absolutely beautiful figure and are going to make a gorgeous bride!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

You look amazing Stacey! It's such a different feel and I think I may like this gown better. I did something similar - fuller gown with a train for ceremony and light long lace gown for the reception.

You'll feel so much better and really be able to get your groove on!

honey my heart said...

the first dress is so pretty. love the details!

very married said...

so pretty! i stayed with just the one dress but that was a money type of thing - your dress is lovely!

Chocolate Lover said...

Greek goddess is exactly what I thought when I saw the picture! The dress is gorgeous! The ceremony dress is my fave though!

Newport Nuptials said...

I love the reception dress! My sister was a two dress bride. I'm only doing one, but I am considering changing into another dress for the after party. I don't want to ruin my wedding dress.

BridalHood said...

My goal was to try to have my seamstress make my dress so the bottom zips off the for reception!

Morgan said...

I love the dress you picked! So fun!

Mrs T said...

It is very Grecian goddess. Very pretty. You should take it to Bali and shoot some shots on the beach in it.

So glad your seamstress could make you love your first gown again too. She sounds great.

Cyn City said...

Yup, I have two too!

Katie said...

Holllly moly I love the reception dress! It is gorgeous! Great pick!

Salt said...

Oh my gosh I can't believe I missed this post! That dress is GORGEOUS. You look like a goddess in it! It's so unique and perfect. :)

I'm happy you went with the long dress too. The others are cute, but the one you picked is just WOW!

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