- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2010
I have been lurking, reading, learning…searching! I have learnt a lot, but this…I had to learn this on my own. I really am hoping someone out there would find this info useful.
I am in Jamaica, so I decided to buy my dress, shoes and veil online. Not because i’m a diva bride—but the only place here to buy a dress affordably is David’s bridal (most people rent, or custom make), and their policy is that I buy the dress, and it would arrive in six weeks, and then I would have to pay to have it adjusted. The drawback with this is, they don’t stock sample dresses here. I would have to buy from the catalogue. Somehow, this did not strike me as any different from buying a dress online!
I did my research, and decided on the Alfred Angelo 2034 in Diamond White. The color looked so warm and classy!
Anyhow, I found my dress on Once Wed 🙂 It came to me adjusted and pretty much ready to wear. For shoes I decided on something very simple, the coloriffics Candice.
Then I decided, I wanted a Chapel Length Veil, so my wedding pics could look like this 🙂
So the dress and the shoes arrived first. My sister (& MOH) called me, frantic…”The shoes & dress are like NIGHT & DAY!!”
Yes indeed – the shoes were a bright white, I would say slightly blue. And the dress, a warm buttery yellowish…cream? Help me Lord!
I decided I would not be phased, besides, I did plan to strass the strap of the shoes anyway 🙂
Here is my Dye Job:
I mixed Silk/Satin paint with strong black tea. I found that the tea on its own was too brown, and the paint on its own was too yellow.
The shoes came with swatches of fabric, which I cut into strips and used for checking the dye. I made sure everything dried and then matched it with the removable modesty panel from my dress.
Then the moment of truth:
After they were completely dry (or so I thought – will get back to that later) I strassed them!
at this point I was extremely excited and nowhere near finished 🙂
Then the veil arrived. For about a week, I pretendied not to realize…I was very afraid it would be the wrong color!
I bought my veil on ebay from Valu Veil, she had White, Ivory & Diamond White. I was very tempted to go with Diamond White, but I thought, it was probably safer to choose a color I suspected might be a little too light, as opposed to risking the veil being too dark!
The dress and the veil are the EXACT same color. So for all you Diamond White AA2034 Brides, if u are getting your veil from valu veil, get the IVORY veil!!
Now, did anyone notice that my shoes appear to be slightly um…yellow? Slowly, over time, the shoes got darker and darker, so my advice is, always dye it a shade lighter than you need it to be, wait a week before you see the full effect of the dye. No kidding, this color change came about around three days later!
I really hope this helps someone out there, it was a nervewracking experience for me to say the least!