I wore this gown for my wedding and it was the perfect one for me. While normally a 6 to 8 dress size, this was a perfect fit for me at a size 10. One should note that there is no room for letting out the hem so flats may be required if one is tall. This gown is cut on the bias, which may account for other reviewers claiming it is an odd cut--it's not very forgiving. I felt absolutely beautiful in it (though, I definitely wore spanx). I paired this with the pearl halo and the Perle Bracelet, also on BHLDN, as well as an ivory silk veil.
While this gown is undeniably elegant and stunning like many wedding dresses, the Avalon gown is refreshingly unexpected in a sea of the popular, yet slightly boring, strapless, princess dresses.
Also of note, my mother, sister, and I were very surprised when we saw how beautiful the gown is in person--the pictures online are pretty but don't do it justice.
July 20, 2015
First, this dress is Ivory not white. I am a widow and my previous wedding dress is bridal white. Putting them side-by-side this one is definitely Ivory. The beading is gorgeous and the beads are also off-white and ivory in color. The color looks just like the picture but it is not a true white.
I almost didn't order this dress because of the reviews about the fit. I didn't find it to fit awkward or to be too revealing. There is a lining. It does show off curves nicely and is not a problem with larger breasts like mine. I do think I will wear shapewear, but I am older and have had children. I do not believe the neckline will be scratchy, but I did not wear it very long.
The dress is very light weight and simple. I LOVE it and cannot wait to wear it on my wedding day. I stopped looking at dresses the moment this one arrived at my home! I think it will be very classy and elegant yet simple for my outdoor wedding.
May 29, 2015
Beautiful yet unflattering
I bought this dress hoping it was the one and while it looks great on the rack, it didn't flatter me. I am very slender and small, about 4'11" and 88lbs, yet because the fabric is so rigid, it didn't hug my figure right and showed every bump and line of my body. Even the lines of my belly button could be seen through the dress. It would need a slip or something for me to feel comfortable in it. Even though I absolutely loved the detailing, which is more beautiful in person, I exchanged the dress for a different one that suits me more.
May 24, 2015
My mom saw this dress online and insisted I consider it as a reception dress. I waited for a size 2 or 4 to be available online. I ordered a size 2 and was nervous that it would be too small according to the other reviews. However, I was pleasantly surprised that it fits true to size and how well it fits my petite and curvy frame. I'm generally between a 2 and 4 in sizes with a 34D bust. I do agree with the other reviewers that spanks is a must for this dress. Otherwise, the soft fabric and lovely beading makes this dress elegant and romantic!
May 20, 2015