Is there no happy medium?

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tessandnate09 Posts : 136 Registered: 4/21/08
Is there no happy medium?
Posted: May 26, 2008 11:38 PM

so i have been searching for the dress, duh i know. My problem I don't want all the beading and the trains and that jazz, but I don't want a super beachy destination either. Not that those dress styles aren't absolutely beautiful for other people. I want something simple, something dressy but not black tie formal I just can't seem to find something in between? does anyone have any suggestions or ideas? Thanks

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PharmToxGirl Posts : 5,446 Registered: 8/30/07
Re: Is there no happy medium?
Posted: May 26, 2008 11:53 PM Go to message in response to: tessandnate09

I know that at Davids Bridal, one girl there ended up with a "non" bridal dress for her wedding dress.

If you are only looking online, then you're cutting yourself short.  Try going to different stores.

That's all I can suggest.  Good luck!


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Re: Is there no happy medium?
Posted: May 27, 2008 9:40 AM Go to message in response to: tessandnate09

There are plenty of dresses that are simple yet classy.  Are you looking for a sheath dress, a line?  Sheath dresses can often be less embellished (and I would recommend looking at "destination" dresses, they can still look dressy at times).  I'd look up some on this website or on the Knot.  If you're looking for more specific references, I'll need more info on what you want.  What materials do you want?  Lace, silk, chiffon?  Do you have any pictures of dresses you've liked?  

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myra Posts : 5,550 Registered: 3/28/06
Re: Is there no happy medium?
Posted: May 27, 2008 11:46 AM Go to message in response to: tessandnate09

I've seen so many dresses that fit your ideas. My best suggestion would be to use a dress finder online, like the one here or on TheKnot.com (more complete). With advanced search, you can get very specific about what you want and end up seeing most of what's on the market. Searching takes some time, but once you zero in, you can find out who makes the dress(es) that you  like, where they're sold, and so on.

myra at www.classysassyweddings.com

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classydame Posts : 91 Registered: 4/21/08
Re: Is there no happy medium?
Posted: Jun 2, 2008 7:45 PM Go to message in response to: tessandnate09
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tessandnate09 Posts : 136 Registered: 4/21/08
Re: Is there no happy medium?
Posted: Jun 2, 2008 8:38 PM Go to message in response to: classydame

Thank you so much for those suggestions! I'm looking for something with flow, especially with chiffon I think. I'm looking for informal but not really princessy you know? The problem I guess is i'm not really skinny, and i'm not super large so being that weird upper normal makes things fit weird! So I really like 

http://www.buyer100.com/product.php?productid=9

http://www.bestbridalprices.com/allure-bridesmaid-dress-1177-p-19880.html?cPath=571&cherryoneid=a46acfbe74be1140c1ce5c7ea2508a91

http://www.davidsbridal.com/bridal_gowns_detail.jsp?stid=3619&prodgroup=210

http://www.davidsbridal.com/bridal_gowns_detail.jsp?stid=3507&prodgroup=210

http://www.davidsbridal.com/bridal_gowns_detail.jsp?stid=3185&prodgroup=210

ok so thats a mix...but none of them really grab me...i can't find anything with a good mix, the pretty ruching and the flow..am I crazy? 


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MrsS2007 Posts : 30 Registered: 4/9/06
Re: Is there no happy medium?
Posted: Jun 5, 2008 10:59 AM Go to message in response to: tessandnate09

Augusta Jones has some gorgeous dresses that aren't all done up with the glitz and trains. 

http://augustajones.com/fashion01.htm

A lot of designers offer "Informal" lines too that are more simple, but not necessary "beachy."  Maggie Sottero is one:

http://www.maggiesottero.com/collection.aspx?line=d

Good luck!


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Stiffydagold Posts : 6 Registered: 1/11/08
Re: Is there no happy medium?
Posted: Jun 5, 2008 2:03 PM Go to message in response to: MrsS2007
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classydame Posts : 91 Registered: 4/21/08
Re: Is there no happy medium?
Posted: Jun 6, 2008 3:37 AM Go to message in response to: tessandnate09

oooh, out of the ones u listed, i dig this one: http://www.davidsbridal.com/bridal_gowns_detail.jsp?stid=3185&prodgroup=210

so here's my next questions... do u have a budget in mind?  and what size-ish / height are u (if u dont mind me askin).

another thing to think about... it might be that "the dress" wont have much affect on u until u actually see it on yourself.  have u tried many on yet?

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Abc12345678 Posts : 272 Registered: 2/25/07
Re: Is there no happy medium?
Posted: Jun 6, 2008 3:50 AM Go to message in response to: tessandnate09

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tessandnate09 Posts : 136 Registered: 4/21/08
Re: Is there no happy medium?
Posted: Jun 6, 2008 6:20 AM Go to message in response to: Abc12345678

I am a size 14 in dresses and i'm 5'6"....i love that Casablanca 1831 its so pretty but much too expensive...I don't want to spend over 500 on a dress.... i love the DB online collection but i am very weary because of my budget, i don't want to buy something online and not like it and be stuck with it....or just buy it to try it on....

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ebrown1 Posts : 63 Registered: 4/4/07
Re: Is there no happy medium?
Posted: Jun 6, 2008 7:09 AM Go to message in response to: tessandnate09

Right now Alfred Angelo has at least two dresses that have a chiffon overlay with a small train and they are around $400.  I don't have a link right now, but look at their website.  The one I am thinking of is very simple, has a few beads but not over the top and some rouching towards one side of the waist which is flattering. 

I almost bought that dress and the picture really doesn't do it justice.   

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MrsPaul Posts : 186 Registered: 1/15/08
Re: Is there no happy medium?
Posted: Jun 6, 2008 7:20 AM Go to message in response to: ebrown1

Okay, if you like Casablance 1831, you should try the Alfred Angelo 1148.  It doeesn't have chiffon but it is taffeta and EXTREMELY forgiving.  I'm a 14 and 5'4" and of all the dresses I tried on (which was TONS!) this one without a doubt looked the best on me.  There is a picture in my profile of it.  Just a suggestion!  Good luck!

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XYZ1 Posts : 367 Registered: 1/7/08
Re: Is there no happy medium?
Posted: Jun 8, 2008 9:21 PM Go to message in response to: MrsPaul

Tess, I love Casablanca 1831 too!  But a friend of mine wore it in her wedding and I felt weird about the idea of wearing the same dress (not that she'd care, but I kind of want a dress that's unique to me, at least among the people I know!).  While I was looking for other options I found Maggie Sottero's Iris, which is very similar but made of chiffon (which I like b/c I think it looks softer).  And Bestbridalprices.com sells it for $489! 

http://www.maggiesottero.com/dress.aspx?line=m&showAll=1&style=A3088

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AnnahShilts Posts : 2 Registered: 4/25/12
Re: Is there no happy medium?
Posted: Mar 26, 2013 4:20 AM Go to message in response to: tessandnate09

My taste definitely runs towards something that is more simple - my ideal dress is something pretty and flowy with just a few embellishments, like lace or a net overlay. what about this dress:
http://www.inweddingdress.com/style-bc444.html

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