Once worn custom made Alvina Valenta gorgeous wedding gown. This dress is has an all over ivory Alencon lace overlay and a creme silk duchess satin underlay. Definitely a vintage style gown with an elegant strapless sweetheart neckline, a modified mermaid silhouette (soft fluted) and covered buttons with loops to the end of the sweep train. Dress zips up completely under the buttons. This dress is timeless and elegant yet not too heavy. I truly believe girls with curves (like myself) look better in this dress than the tiny models on the designer website.
Between the dress, custom length order and alterations, I paid $5,000 for the dress. Original size 14, altered to a size 10. All of the material is still there so this dress can be let out to a 14 or brought in even smaller than a 10. Alvina is an American designer and the dress was made in New York. While all wedding dresses run small, Alvina tends to run a little smaller than usual.
What it needs to be ready for your wedding day: Clasp replaced on inside waist belt to keep dress up and dry-cleaned (pricing will depend on whether you would like me to dry clean or you prefer to get it done yourself).
Additional Note – the belts/sashes featured on the models for the dress are sold separately. Instead of paying $800+ for the one shown with the dress, I had my own made and I am selling it for $150.
Bottom Line: I absolutely love this dress and get so many compliments, even friends considered it for their wedding. However, it was way more expensive than I planned on paying and I need to recoup some of the money to pay wedding bills. I even tried looking for a used one online but all of the sizes available were too small.
- Label Size: 14
- Street Size: 8
- Bust: 38
- Waist: 29.5
- Hips: 39.5
- Height with Shoes: 5'10'
- Alterations: Custom Length ordered, Long line bra sewn in, Gel cups sewn in, Taken in, Bustle
- Color: Ivory
- Silhouette: Mermaid
- Material: Lace, Satin
- Neckline: Sweetheart
- Style: Classic, Not white, Vintage
- Condition: Used
- Original Owner: Yes
- Has Original Receipt: Yes
- Preservation Method: Hanging in original garment bag in spare closet.
- Terms of Sale: All Sales Final
- Location: Atlanta,
- Will Ship to: Other
- Payment Methods Accepted: Escrow.com
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