Thanks guys! And you're right, sweetime, - if I was getting a dress made I wouldn't be able to see it beforehand either. You both make very good points to consider
I went and spoke to the dressmaker and she measured me up for a size 8. She said absolute worst case scenario alterations would be about $600-$800, but probably would just need taken in a bit, cups added and a bustle which would be about $200-$300. Well worth buying it online then - even if it WAS available in stores here I'd need about $2000 worth of alterations to make it add up to retail price. She seemed a bit... critical of me buying it online. She said it wouldn't be a real Pronovias it would be a replica. I told her it seems from what I've read they are authentic dresses, and also that I'll make up my own mind about the risks involved, haha! She was a nice lady, though.
So far so good, then! I'm waiting to hear back from Bridalgown.net about the length of the gown, which is my next concern. Also, what sort of colour would ivory be, do you think? My bridesmaid and I discussed the whole way to the dressmaker what the difference between off-white and ivory would be. They both seem like pretty traditional colours though, so I'm not going to stress over that small point hehe. As long as it's not like bright white I'm happy.
As far as being picky about clothes - I guess what I meant was I feel I'm picky about style and cut, not necessarily about little details. I've noticed for the most part bridal boutiques seem to stock a lot of strapless gowns, a lot of drop waist and fishtail type gowns. I understand that because they are popular of course, and they look absolutely gorgeous on a lot of people - just not me
But then again, who isn't picky about their wedding dress at the end of the day
Comet1998, I agree with you that I should make sure this is the dress I want, that's really good advice. It feels right at the moment, but I'm going to wait until the weekend to decide if I'm going to order it. I've shown it to a few of my close friends and they've all said it looks like 'me', if that makes sense. How it looks in person will obviously differ to the photo in which it is probably photoshopped, clamped, adjusted meticulously and worn by a stunning model, haha. I will let you know if I decide to order it