So, I know it's a little early to be FREAKING OUT about my dress search, but I am buggin. All. the. time.
Here's the basics of what I picture when I imagine my dream wedding dress:
* tea-length or cocktail-length
* a vintage feel, very 50s
* A tulle or organza or chiffon skirt that swirls and flows when I dance
* A ballerina style
* straps or sleeves to help hold up/take attention away from the ladies.
I have been searching since day one of my engagement and people, this dress doesn't exist. And some come close (that will probably be a post for another day), but every single dress I've seen there's a caveat. Too expensive. The bodice is too simple. The bodice is too busy. The skirt isn't poufy enough. The skirt is too poufy.
I went to three bridal shops with my mother last week and none of them had tea-length samples that I could even see, but believe me, I tried on plenty of bridesmaid's dresses that come in white. And many of them are lovely, and one of them came close to being the one and still could be. But they're very simple dresses because frankly, they're meant to offset the gorgeousness of a bridal gown. As I kept saying to the clerks, I want a bridal gown that just happens to be short, not a sundress. Sigh.
Anyway, this brings me to my point. I'm considering custom, but I have many reservations, especially the cost. I was wondering, dear readers, did any of you have your dress (or any dress) custom-made or do you know someone who did?
What was the experience like? Would you recommend it? Is it insanely expensive? Is it worth it? Please, please share.
P.S. The dresses up top are two gorgeous custom gowns by an Oregon designer named Elizabeth Dye.