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Monique Lhuillier Aviva Wedding Dress
Available June 1, 2018
The Monique Lhuillier Aviva gown from retailers is priced at $13,000, and the veil at $2,300, before tax.
HOW CAN I TRY IT ON?
If you would like to try this dress on, the Platinum Collecion is only carried at a handful of bridal boutique retailers. If you are not located near a Platinum Collection retailer, you may request it from your Monique Lhullier retailer either free of charge during a Monique Lhullier trunk show (just call and request your retailer include it in their trunk show), or for $150 you may have Monique Lhullier send it to your retailer for you to try at any time. After June, you may also travel to try on the exact dress. I can arrange to have the dress in Orlando or Naples, Florida.
WHAT IS THE PLATINUM COLLECTION?
The Monique Lhuillier, "Aviva" is a timeless vision from the Platinum Collection, which includes only the highest end of Monique Lhullier's gowns. Made of the finest fabrics, this dress is overwhelmingly impressive and elegant. Horse hair tulle and Spanish tulle are hand embroidered with "confetti" beadwork that create an illusion look. Rather than having bare shoulders, the illusion bateau neckline with sleeves gives you a polished, flawless look. This Monique Lhuillier has a slight blush color with white and silver beadwork, that make the dress look off white, ivory, or blush depending on the lighting. Beadwork is hand stitched into multiple layers of the tulle. As a result, the way the dress picks up the sunlight and candlelight will give you a shimmering glow throughout your wedding day. It is the most spectacular dress I have ever seen.
This was the first wedding dress I saw at my very first appointment. After six other bridal boutiques and nearly 40 other dresses, it was clear the Aviva was the one! The quality of other designers in similar price points was far less than the Aviva's. There is something so unique about this gown and of course, the Monique Lhullier Platinum Collection does not disappoint. You will be the most stunning bride on your big day. Once you see this gown in person, like me, you will undoubtedly realize no other gown can compare.
I strongly considered purchasing the Aviva on one of the consignment sites. I even travelled to see one dress in person. Sadly, they were all altered too drastically, changing the inherent shape and structure of the dress's perfect design. For example, one was a size 8 sample dress altered to be a size 2, making the alterations noticeable. Or, fabric was added to the bust to make the dress more matronly. After months of frustration, I decided to purchase it "made to order" directly from Monique Lhuillier, and hope another bride that loves this dress as much as I do finds it to wear on her wedding day. Maybe she even passes it along when she is done.
ALTERATIONS: This dress is not a sample; rather, it is custom ordered for a traditional US size 2 with as minimal alterations as possible (specific measurements above, but please note waist is irrelevant because this is a ball gown, and the corset-like top fits B-C cups). The only alterations include shortening the dress (for 5 foot, 6 inch height with 3.5 inch heels) and the addition of delicate French bustling to allow for dancing.
VEIL INCLUDED: However, if you would like to negotiate price, I would be willing to keep the veil and lower the price. If you would like it, this circle veil was specifically made by Monique Lhullier to accompany this dress, so it is the exact same color, fabric and beadwork. The confetti, illusion beading is hand embroidered into the end of the veil. The sparkle stunningly lays on top of the gown, ending roughly 8 inches past the end of the gown, showcasing the beadwork as you walk down the aisle. No other veil could compare to the beauty of the dress, making it well worth the added expense. Of course, this is included with the dress for you to wear. You will be the most stunning bride. Again, if you would like to negotiate a lower price without the veil, I am happy to consider reasonable offers. ADDITIONAL FABRIC/ACCESSORIES The silk bow in some of the pictures is not included, as I believed it took away from the dress and gave it a "Bo-Peep" look (still, I have seen other brides look stunning in it). However, I am the original owner of the dress, and thus can order that matching ribbon, additional fabric, or extra beading should you desire to make any changes or alterations that speak to you. Please reach out with any inquiries and I will gladly reply ASAP. I tried on Inbal Dror, Grace Loves Lace, Karen Willis Holmes, Made With Love, Berta, Liz Martinez, One Day Bridal, Lover, Mariana Hardwick, Hayley Paige, Rue de Seine, Reem Acra and many other labels and this was THE ONE!
To Be Negotiated