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May 3rd, 2006, 08:13 PM
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After a talk with immigration Andrew and I found out it is going to be better/easier for us to get married in Australia. We have a wedding planned in February in the states so we're eloping to Coffs Harbour at the end of June. We have hired a photographer and want to actually look like we are getting married. I went to a couple of maternity clothing shops this morning and found nothing that would do. I have called around to a few bridal shops and none carry maternity bridal/formal wear. I don't have time to get a dress made.

Help!!!! Anyone have any ideas where I can find something to wear to get married in?
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May 3rd, 2006, 08:56 PM
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After a talk with immigration Andrew and I found out it is going to be better/easier for us to get married in Australia. We have a wedding planned in February in the states so we're eloping to Coffs Harbour at the end of June. We have hired a photographer and want to actually look like we are getting married. I went to a couple of maternity clothing shops this morning and found nothing that would do. I have called around to a few bridal shops and none carry maternity bridal/formal wear. I don't have time to get a dress made.

Help!!!! Anyone have any ideas where I can find something to wear to get married in?[/b]
Do you have a friend who can sew? Or can you?

My dress has a zip at the back which has given us lots of room to play with. What we have done to keep it closed is remove the zip and added belt loop thingies. On the day (a week from tomorrow eeekk!) I will be tied into the dress with some ribbon. That way it can be tighter where it needs to and looser other where. I got rather thick ribbon in order to hide as much of my back as possible and my veil goes down to my knees and hides the rest.

Failing that have you tried Myer? or David Jones?

Maybe have a look around on the net. Try http://www.bellybasicsaustralia.com Be careful though their sizes are rather small. A 16-18 is more like a 12-14 if that! They do have some dresses that may work for you.

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May 3rd, 2006, 09:56 PM
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I can't even sew on a button! I hate to admit it but I don't even have a needle and thread. Maybe it's a skill I can pick up trying out that whole SAHM thing.

I had a bright idea that might work. I'm going to look for a plus size gown that is too big and have it taken down to fit. It could possibly work.
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May 4th, 2006, 09:18 AM
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can i be nosey here and ask what immigration you spoke to??? when Tim and I got married it was ALOT easier to get married here on a visa waiver and then just stay and file the paperwork.... im not sure of your situation but if you get married in Australia then you have to then file a spousal visa which can take upto 2 years without seeing one another..... i just went through all this not too long ago.... and it was a huge hassle.....
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May 4th, 2006, 02:24 PM
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I've already gone through it in reverse coming into Australia. What a pain that was!

We went into the Sydney Consulate and were told that current application processing times are 6-9 months for a finace visa (getting married in the US) and 2-4 months for a spousal visa. It was recommended we file here then Andrew will be eligable to work when we get to the US and we also will be done with immigration for awhile.

I'm not sure what you're situation was but I believe the rules are different if you are living in different countries when you file. We have the advantage that we have been living together for quite some time.
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May 4th, 2006, 03:51 PM
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have you tried an online store? ebay? that way its affordable and nice.
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