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Possible to have lace applied to a gown?

It's me again - the one who feel in love with a $4,000 designer gown that I can't afford (Modern Trousseau, Eve). http://moderntrousseau.com/bridal-wear/spring-2012-bridal-collection/

I posted a couple times in the past, and have received a lot of helpful suggestions directing me to pre-owned wedding dress sites, craigslist, ebay, etc., which I have been all over looking. I've also continued to visit several different bridal boutiques, but I still haven't been able to find anything that I like yet. I'm in no rush (heck, we don't even have a concrete date set yet), but it's bothering me that so far the only think I like is quadruple my budget and I'd like to at least be able to find what I like before it becomes a problem.

Anyway, my most recent post in this regard was when I found a very similar dress to the Modern Trousseau ("MT") gown (had the non-beaded lace that I like - hard to find) that was still out of my budget but 1/2 the price of the MT, but the only problem is that it would have to be modified pretty heavily to make the siloutte from an A-line to a trumpet.  Because this dress was still over my budget anyway, you ladies advised me that this was a bad idea to spend that kind of money on something that wasn't right, and told me to keep looking. Advice taken.

The Question:
Now I'm back, trying to think outside the box. What if I got this cheap dress from DB --- /> http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Allover-draped-taffeta-trumpet-with-button-back.-P9345_Sale-Sale-Bridal-Gowns --- and brought it to someone who could 1) make it a sweatheart neckline 2) take off the buttons in the back and 3) apply the special non-beaded lace that I <3 so much about the MT gown. I figure that if I buy a dress that's only $200, I could definitely afford the mucho alterations (as wouldn't necessarily be the case in my last scenario).

Is that a bad idea? I haven't even tried that DB dress on - I was just cruising the internet here during my lunch hour and this light bulb came on, so I wanted to here your thoughts before I wasted my time.

Re: Possible to have lace applied to a gown?

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    What other designers have you looked at? The style seems like one that many designers would possibly have similar styles of
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    Honestly, you have over 550 days until your wedding.  I think you need to take a step back from any and all wedding dresses for a while.  I would personally start looking for your wedding dress about a year in advance.  By that time desingers would have come out with new dresses and the older one's will either be on a discount or more widely available on the pre-owned websites.  Also, if you buy this early I have a funny feeling that in 500 or so days you may start hating your dress or liking something else.

    You don't even know your exact date which means that you don't have a venue or anything else wedding related done.  Pick a date, find a venue, decide the overall feel of your wedding, then look at wedding dresses.  You would be surprised how much you will change your mind on things over the next year or so.

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    First of all, STOP LOOKING AT DRESSES OUTSIDE OF YOUR PRICE RANGE!!!!  Seriously, you'll kill yourself doing that!  Those changes sound like a lot of work where a lot can go wrong.  You should just chill out on the dress thing, get a venue, and look (at dresses in your PRICE RANGE) closer to your date.
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    I agree with all the above posters: stop looking at dresses. Period.

    While a wedding dress is an important decision, and something you probably want to spend a long time finding, it doesn't sound as though you have even tried a dress on. Go ahead and go to David's Bridal, make an appt and try on their trumpet style that you linked to. When you try it on, you may hate that style on yourself. In my years on the Knot I've seen brides fall in love with an entirely different dress when they try it on.

    The dress you want but cannot afford is, based on what I've seen over the years, something that would be readily available.

    Here's one for $1000 (yes, it's beaded, not plain like the other): http://www.camillelavie.com/dress/Wedding-Dresses_Beaded-Strapless-Wedding-Dress_41770-VR61059.cfm

    Here it is, plain without lace, pay someone to put lace on it:

    http://www.camillelavie.com/dress/Wedding-Dresses_Satin-Mermaid-Wedding-Dress-with-Contrast-Beaded_41770-3076W.cfm

    This one is similar, on sale for $200: http://www.camillelavie.com/dress/Bridal-Sale_Multi-Tiered-Mesh-Over-Satin-Wedding-Dress_41790-7055W.cfm

    They have stores in NY and NJ.

    Good luck.
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    I agree with everyone that you should stop looking for a while.  It's very possible that you will totally change your mind about what you want in the next 6 months. 

    But, since you aren't going to, I thought your dress looked a lot like mine (although mine does have beading - I didn't see your old posts, so I'm not sure how much of an issue that is for you).

    http://www.saisonblanche.com/assets/images/B3106-3.jpg
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    The MT dress has a top layer of organza with lace appliques.  The DB dress you're looking at is ruched and folded taffeta - not a dress style you could really "apply" lace to.  The other thing is - lace is expensive and labor-intensive to work with.  The alterations and materials you're talking about - even if you could find a better plain dress to start with - would end up costing over your budget.

    Sorry, bad idea.  Keep looking.  You'll find something - you've got lots of time. 
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_attire-accessories_possible-to-have-lace-applied-to-a-gown?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:15Discussion:83f5e112-3eb0-434d-947c-bb6dac7bf77fPost:7e4ec111-b3f0-4b57-adab-3fbb38cce8b2">Re: Possible to have lace applied to a gown?</a>:
    [QUOTE]The MT dress has a top layer of organza with lace appliques.  The DB dress you're looking at is ruched and folded taffeta - not a dress style you could really "apply" lace to.  The other thing is - lace is expensive and labor-intensive to work with.  The alterations and materials you're talking about - even if you could find a better plain dress to start with - would end up costing over your budget. Sorry, bad idea.  Keep looking.  You'll find something - you've got lots of time. 
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    Thank you!! I'll keep looking.
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    I posted a seriously long email yesterday that is no longer here. Darned Knot!

    These are similar to your style.......this store has locations in NJ, NY and PA (not sure how close to you)

    Similar, but the lace is beaded, $1000
    http://www.camillelavie.com/dress/Wedding-Dresses_Beaded-Strapless-Wedding-Dress_41770-VR61059.cfm

    Also similar, on sale for $200
    http://www.camillelavie.com/dress/Bridal-Sale_Multi-Tiered-Mesh-Over-Satin-Wedding-Dress_41790-7055W.cfm

    Similar, on sale for $300

    http://www.camillelavie.com/dress/Bridal-Sale_Strapless-Taffeta-Mermaid-Wedding-Dress_41790-2122W.cfm

    And, I also agree with weddingmuse, it would be nearly impossible to alter the David's dress. I do think however you should go in and try it on. Often a style you absolutely think you love isn't as flattering as you think you will be and you'll change your mind.

    Good luck.
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    You have lots of time and lots of options in order to find your dream dress in your budget. I am getting married on June 30th, and I just bought my dress a few days ago.  I found it at Church Street Bridal, it's a $5000 Pnina Tornai gown I bought for $550. I never dreamt that in my budget I'd be able to wear a dress like this. I spent a lot of time shopping around locally and online, so I knew what styles looked best on me and I knew a great deal when I saw it. Here's my dress... since you are interested in lace I thought I'd show you a close-up... I've never seen lace like this, and that is what made me buy this gown. The right dress is out there, even on a budget, you just have to put the time and effort into the search and be willing to be patient. It needs the ribbon sewn back on and a panel behind the corset lace- an easy fix for a seamstress.








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