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^ I second that! Absolutely beautiful shoes

Also thank you to everyone for your well wishes and great advice about relaxing and enjoying the day Jinadaze! A lot of my friends have said the same thing and I'll definitely try and keep it in mind throughout the whole planning process too.

I will probably start seriously dress shopping towards the end of the year or early next year. Although there a few bridal expos from now till then and something there may pique my interest... I will definitely post my choices!

So much planning to do, but all in good time

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Also thank you to everyone for your well wishes and great advice about relaxing and enjoying the day Jinadaze! A lot of my friends have said the same thing and I'll definitely try and keep it in mind throughout the whole planning process too.
Especially in the last few weeks ... I was a nerve wrack during the last two or three weeks and knowing how "casual" and relaxed it will be in the end, I wouldn't worry half as much.
Also another advice - avoid too much of DIY things at all costs. It's overrated.

How big of a wedding are you planning to have?

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^ You are not kidding on the DIY.

My sister had the brilliant idea that she could save $$$ by not having a caterer. After the rehearsal, the entire wedding party was in the kitchen dicing cheese late into the night. We also had to make a run with the security guard finding enough refrigerator space to hold everything--the food was scattered everywhere. Logistical nightmare And total Bridezilla to go with ...

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My sister recently got engaged and has tasked me with scoping out the dress (she just bought a house, changed jobs, is kinda busy and I offered) to see what's on the market and how custom she will have to go. She's got some very specific requirements about the full skirt, beading (minimal, preferably none), and veil which is all fine, however she is dead set on having a one-sleeved gown.
It must be a strap, not a long sleeve or cap, must be drawn across the chest, not as though somebody just hacked off the other side, and shouldn't be like a flamenco dancer ruffle/frill. By God this is difficult, I have been trawling through every bridal/couture collection of the last 5 years on vogue.com with no luck.

I'm thinking something along the lines of this dress, where the lace top is cut away so that it leaves only a small strap on the model's right (our left), with the dress in total ivory (she's a redhead)


source: Elie Saab HC SS12 vogue.com

(I can't think about how it goes across the back to be joined to the dress, not yet)

Does anyone have any recommendations, or ideas from other collections to look at? I have an archive of fashion magazines and scrapbooks a plenty, but since the one-sleeve look is something I detest, it doesn't feature on my radar.


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They won't be wedding dresses, but if you want to look at one-shoulder treatments for custom purposes, you might check out Alber Elbaz's work for Lanvin (i.e., the 14 years prior to the last major collection). One-shoulder and other asymmetrical treatments are his thing ...

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I imagine a twenties-like style, romantic and a bit Sicilian

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you might check out Alber Elbaz's work for Lanvin (i.e., the 14 years prior to the last major collection). One-shoulder and other asymmetrical treatments are his thing ...
Thank you, yes, as soon as she said one-shoulder/sleeved I thought of all the dresses from SS08 and SS10, but then she said no ruffles and I kind of scratched them off the list. Taking another look though there are definitely some things to work with there. It's more the combination of the top and the skirt that is bothering me.

It's early days so I'm still hoping for some lee-way. I managed to shut her down when she said the bridesmaid dresses would also be one-shouldered because they make me look like a line-backer. She wants emerald green so I'm picturing Keira Knightley in Atonement. I also have Lanvin looks on that list too, AW11 had some great looks with sleeves.

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^ We wore emerald raw silk for my sister's wedding ... I liked the dresses. (I should since I had a hand in picking them out!) I don't at all like the way I look in a single sleeve as my shoulders are asymmetrical. It definitely isn't for everyone!

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Especially in the last few weeks ... I was a nerve wrack during the last two or three weeks and knowing how "casual" and relaxed it will be in the end, I wouldn't worry half as much.
Also another advice - avoid too much of DIY things at all costs. It's overrated.

How big of a wedding are you planning to have?
Thanks Jinadaze, we're definitely planning to steer clear of DIY wherever possible (specially the catering )! Happy to leave a lot of the finer details to the professionals so I have less to stress about leading up to the big day! By the way, I just had a look at your instagram and must say that your wedding photos look absolutely beautiful! What a special day, happy to hear about how relaxed you felt in the end

In terms of our wedding size, our initial guest list is looking at around 80 - 90 people but will probably vary somewhat from now until the wedding. There are some gorgeous venues around my area that offer full wedding packages for those sorts of numbers for quite reasonable prices and in lovely locations (like a quaint chapel near the lake and followed by marquee reception or venues set in the rainforest on the nearby Mountain). Definitely a lot of really scenic options to choose from!

We are looking at Spring 2017 (Sep - Nov) or Autumn 2018 (Mar - May) so still plenty of time. The temperatures where I live at that time are lovely and mild (I want to avoid getting married in the Australian Summer at all costs!). Both Spring and Autumn will be suitable for most sleeve lengths in terms of the dress style that I choose. Lately I've had my heart set on an Ivory coloured gown as I'm very fair skinned and really don't wear a lot of pure white so mightn't feel like 'myself'. We shall see though!

maybelaterblue good luck on the dress hunt for your sister! Definitely a huge responsibility that you have assumed. I can't think of anything that fits her description off the top of my head, but if I see any labels that might have a suitable style during my own dress shopping I will let you know.

I absolutely love the idea of emerald green bridesmaid dresses... I was thinking of navy or grey dresses, but I might need to keep an eye out for emerald green ones now

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My sister recently got engaged and has tasked me with scoping out the dress (she just bought a house, changed jobs, is kinda busy and I offered) to see what's on the market and how custom she will have to go. She's got some very specific requirements about the full skirt, beading (minimal, preferably none), and veil which is all fine, however she is dead set on having a one-sleeved gown.
It must be a strap, not a long sleeve or cap, must be drawn across the chest, not as though somebody just hacked off the other side, and shouldn't be like a flamenco dancer ruffle/frill. By God this is difficult, I have been trawling through every bridal/couture collection of the last 5 years on vogue.com with no luck.

I'm thinking something along the lines of this dress, where the lace top is cut away so that it leaves only a small strap on the model's right (our left), with the dress in total ivory (she's a redhead)

source: Elie Saab HC SS12 vogue.com

(I can't think about how it goes across the back to be joined to the dress, not yet)

Does anyone have any recommendations, or ideas from other collections to look at? I have an archive of fashion magazines and scrapbooks a plenty, but since the one-sleeve look is something I detest, it doesn't feature on my radar.
Hey !

First of all you could pick any ballgown and have a sleeve added. No problem at all, especially if you go for the high end bridal boutique/designers like Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta etc.. Just pick a strapeless ballgown and enquire about modifications However, if she wants something already done then as soon as I saw your message I thought about a Romona Keveza design.
See some options below


Probably can ask for the skirt to be longer




The belt is optional



Credit: Romona Keveza

Monique Lhuillier - will definitely be able to add a strap


Credit: Monique Lhuillier

EDIT: there are also a bunch of Pronovias. Just google "one sleeve ballgown pronovias". They are from older collections it seem (2013 upwards) but I am sure you can find some around! I also found a bunch of "one shoulder wedding gown" with brands like Anna Campbell

And a bridal party in emerald green - gorgeous
Those are from Dessy in "hunter green" by the way

Credit: Woodnote Photography via Style me pretty

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I found those ones also
EDGARDO BONILLA - FALL 2015


MONIQUE LHUILLIER - SPRING 2015


Alvina Valenta Spring 2012


Pronovias old collections




Romona Keveza Spring 2017


Credit: brides.com

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Thanks Jinadaze, we're definitely planning to steer clear of DIY wherever possible (specially the catering )! Happy to leave a lot of the finer details to the professionals so I have less to stress about leading up to the big day! By the way, I just had a look at your instagram and must say that your wedding photos look absolutely beautiful! What a special day, happy to hear about how relaxed you felt in the end
And thank you so much!

EvaH, you are like an encyclopedia of wedding dresses.

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Oh Gosh you guys are amazing, thank you so much! I think I had a mental block because it's a style I'm really not fond of, and who really wants to put hours into searching for something they don't like? That last Romona Keveza with the organza(?) overlay in 145 is beautiful EvaH, thank you! I'm seeing my sister next week so I will report back.

My cousin is a seamstress (she bought a 3-sizes-too-big-Vera Wang sample for Ł300 and altered it into the most beautiful gown for her wedding) and my dad a garment technologist, so between us we will create something pretty bespoke, we just need to find the best base garment.

For bridesmaids, we spotted these on ASOS of all places, (and reduced!) so we got a couple already to try on everybody. I'm a 5"8 flat-as-an-ironing-board so it should be fine, but the other two are 5"3 and one is quite curvy, so we'll see what they look like.


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I got married this year and also had VERY specific dress requirements that almost sent me down the custom dress path. One thing to keep in mind is that not all designers will customize their dress designs. For example, I know that Romona Keveza, Monique Lhuillier, and Vera Wang will not customize any part of their designs. You can buy extra fabric and have a tailor customize the dress if you go with a designer that will not customize, however I found that to be risky and ultimately not worth it. I ended up buying an Anna Maier gown from Neiman Marcus. Although I had never heard of the brand prior to shopping for my gown, I did a bit of research and absolutely fell in love with their designs. If you have not seen their dresses I highly recommend checking them out.

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