Hjelm VS. Casablanca

You get what you pay for.
Nine times out of ten…this is so true…especially when it comes to wedding gowns as fabric, craftmanship and attention to detail is essential.
But–I came across this Casablanca gown ($$) and really feel like the style and cut of it resembles a couture Jim Hjelm gown ($$$-$$$$).
So the photo on top is the authentic Jim Hjelm (yes I’ve written about this gown before…)and the one below is the Casablanca at about a third of the cost (the top could likely be altered to a “deep V”…)
Honestly, which one do you like better, and why?



September 4, 2007. budget, gowns.


  1. Meg replied:

    One more dress that might work for you, that is similar to the Hjelm in fit, is this watters dress:

    Pricewise will definitely be more like the Casablanca.

    preownedweddingdresses.com seems to be one of the best places to get dresses used- I’ve only heard good things about it.

    bridepower.com is another place that would work- their mega markdowns, found here


    are really really awesome. Unless you are tall (5’10” in heels or taller), getting a sample dress may be the way to go, since you can fit into those sizes. one mermaid shape gown that I saw there was


  2. mnc replied:

    I’m liking that Watters dress, meg!Hmmmmm….

  3. Barbara replied:

    The Watters dress IS beautiful. So are we adding this to the “Inspire Me” list?
    Are we eliminating any of your other choices?

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