Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wedding Dress Collection Complete

So I am that mythical creature in the bride world that is known as a dress whore. I have a problem, and I love them all so what did I do? I AM A 3 DRESS BRIDE. Well technically for the big day I just have two dresses (my wedding dress and a dress for the reception), and then my 3rd dress will be used for my trash-the-dress session. Personally I don't care what anyone thinks about it because my 3 dresses still cost less than most peoples single dress.

My Sottero & Midgley JSM1103 was bought second hand at a very discounted rate. Perfect for me because I could never see myself (this is just my personal choice, but there is nothing wrong with it if you chose to) spending more than $1,000 on one dress.

Here she is on the model:

And on me:

Next is my reception dress. I had this made by a company called Milly Bridal.

I ordered my dress back at the end of January (the 31st actually). I was told of the time line, and then figured with the Chinese New Years that it would tack on a little extra time.

I got pictures of my test dress mid to late March. I made some changes and had little communication with them in the mean time, which made me a little anxious because I had no idea what was going on or when it was going to be finished. Seeing some of the negative feedback and people who had to ask for refunds on the boards in the Milly Brides Group was making me even more nervous! But I thought, there hasn't been a reason for me to freak out, so I wont let it get to me.

I recieved my dress on Tuesday (but was out of town, so I couldn't pick it up until today). I want to tell you all how relieved I am, because really my expectations were starting to get a little low. I think the craftsmanship of the dress is excellent. There are some areas that will need to be taken in (around my "girls" for example). Over all, for the price I really couldn't ask for more. They turned a dress I would never be able to afford, into an affordable version of my dream reception dress.

I just need to find a bra that holds my girls in place now. ;)

(Excuse the no makeup/hair and all the CRAP in the background)
Inspiration (Oscar De La Renta 2008 Collection):

Me in my Milly Dress:

And now for the TTD Dress!

Inspiration (Maggie Sottero - Allison Marie):

Me in my Milly Dress:

 Over all, very happy with my experience with this company. With all 3 of my dresses the total spent was still under $1,000 for all three dresses. So really I couldn't ask for more! Now what? On to shoes perhaps?


Faith said...

You look gorgeous Ashley! So impresed that you were able to get three dresses under a grand! Goodness, why didn't I know about Milly when I was looking for gowns?! Still makes me saaaad.

Amberdawn said...

Great bargain hunting :)