Danielle C. wrote in to tell us about her Disney Princess Wedding Dream Dress. This is what she had to say:
”Oh man. I definitely need your help for a CAI/GOI!! I went dress shopping tonight for the first time EVER in my life, and I fell in total, gross, lewd, sparkle-tastic love with this dress at Alfred Angelo: Style 205. It’s actually their “Cinderella” dress, and as soon as I put it on it was so BEYOND glittery and ball gown-y and magical that I knew I had to have it!! The only problem: $949. Ugh. Like, DOUBLE the budget for a dress. It’s hard to see in the photos of the dress, but in person the beading on the bodice is so shiny and glittery it’s breathtaking, and the tulle skirt is glittery! It’s like the 5 year-old me died and went to heaven… in this dress. Can you please find me something just as rhinestoney-y and pouf-tacular but waaaay cheaper? Thank you 1000 times over!!!”
How could anyone not answer this plea for Broke-Ass Bride Aid?! I mean, really! Okay Dannie Girl, think of me as your very own Fairly Awesome Godmother…only way W-A-Y younger! I love this CAI/GOI! I’m certain that there are other brides out there, besides you, who are in love with this gown. “How can I be so sure, you ask?” Well, I use Pinterest boards to do my research for these little weekly romps through Wedding Dress La-La Land. I posted this dress to my “Cinderelly” board and, with in 2 hours, I had 77 re-pins and 20 likes! My e-mail in-box was blowing up! This is going to be a slammin’ installment of Can’t Afford It/ Get Over It! So, Dannie Girl, Are you ready?
Can’t Afford It?
“Cinderella” style # 205 $949.00
Bibbity Bobbity Boo!
As your self-appointed Fairly Awesome Godmother, I would be remiss if I didn’t give you the straight up gospel truth before I tried to make your pouf-tacular dress dreams come true. So, here is a bit of REAL for ya! Alfred Angelo’s price point for this dress is actually pretty reasonable, as wedding gowns go! I know you only budgeted yourself for about 500 bucks, and there are wedding gowns out there to be had for under a grand! The fact that this dress exists is proof of that! The likely-hood that you or I could find a dress exactly like “Cinderella” by Alfred Angelo for $500.00 or less is minimal at best. What I can do is find you a dress with the same cut & feel for your targeted ticket tariff.
First you have to know what you are looking for. In dress speak, you are looking for an A-line, strapless, sweetheart neckline, with a gathered or draped bodice, a natural waist, and a tulle ball gown skirt. Wow, that’s a lot of descriptors! But that’s it in a nut shell. That’s how you might describe it to a designer, seamstress, or tailor. So lets get down to the nitty gritty. Here’s what I found.
Get Over It
2 in 1 Beaded Taffeta Gown $499.99
The full skirt is removable to reveal a sassy pencil dress which you can wear out on the town for years to come!
seller elegance50’s $495.00
Absolutely Stunning Haute Couture 50’s Style Custom Wedding Dress
A 50’s Inspired Wedding Gown, Intricately Detailed Corset Cocktail Dress
Both of the elegance50s dresses are completely customize-able! It wouldn’t take much to make either of these dresses resemble the Alfred Angelo “Cinderella” Dress! Swap the tea length skirt for a floor length skirt, add some bling/beading to the dress with the pleated/gathered bodice or add some gathered fabric to the bodice of the dress that is already beaded! A can of spray glitter on your tulle skirt and you are good to go! Seriously…think about having elegance50s be your very own team of house mice!
The Perfect Princess Dress
This one has a drop waist, not a natural waist. But it has the bling you are looking for on the bodice and skirt!
Silk Strapless Vintage Wedding Dress $550.00
Silk Georgette V-Neck Gown $550.00
Any seamstress worth her salt can add volume to these skirts with fabric and a poofy slip! You can also add your own bling by having it added to the dress itself, you could bejewel your own self, or you could get a bedazzled cardi or bolero to add your desired amount of bling!
Sleeping Princess Dress 411203 $310.50
Sweet 16 Dress 017 $214.20
I can’t vouch for 9lover.com as a place for quality work or customer service standards like those held by the BBB. But they do list pretty pictures for cheap! Have any of our B.A.B. readers ever ordered from 9lover? If so, What is your opinion of their web store?
Danielle, I hope this post helped you out. If you didn’t find what you were looking for from your Fairly Awesome Godmother, may I suggest you begin searching for Prom & Quinceanera Dresses? You are most likely to find what you are looking for for your price point if you search in those categories. Best of luck, Dannie Girl! And thanks a bunch for writing in and getting that “Cinderelly” song stuck in my head!
“Cinderelly! Cinderelly! We’ll make a lovely dress for Cinderelly!”