I haven’t written a guest blog post in four months as I’ve been planning my wedding! My fiancé (6’ 4”) proposed on January 14, and my weekends are now filled with trips to the florist, bakeries and dress shops. For those of you who haven’t taken a trip down the aisle yet, if you are worried about wedding dresses being too short… well, you should be. Like everything else we encounter in life, dresses are made for average height women. When you walk out of the dressing room with five inches of your ankles exposed, it makes the moment a little less magical. Now, the good news is that there are plenty of designers that allow you to order extra length in your dress… of course, that comes at a cost. The average price I was quoted was $200. That doesn’t include the inevitable alterations you’ll need to make the dress fit your longer torso correctly.
After visiting five stores and experiencing extreme frustration, I stumbled upon a collection of wedding dresses that were all long enough for my 6’0” frame! Pronovias did a special collection with Manuel Mota featuring dresses that were more couture than their typical line. I tried on several and they all hit the floor. I finally got my “wow moment” and was able to buy a dress without spending a fortune. The dresses I tried on ranged from $1800 to $2400. They were all stunning and super long.
I ended up buying the Silaba dress from the 2011 Manuel Mota Pronovias collection for $2300. It’s an off white, strapless (slight sweetheart), mermaid, delicate lace gown. It has pearl and rhinestone appliqué at the waist. (P.S. If you are getting married next year and interested in buying this from me, I’m planning to sell it after my wedding in November 2012. It’s a bridal size 10, which is typically the sample size, and I’m not having any alterations done.)
Silaba 2012 Fashion Collection
Sarah is a marketing and communications professional with a love for traveling the world, playing beach volleyball, visiting museums, supporting charitable causes, and trying new things. She is proud to be 6’0″.