I added a waist stay and separate closures for the lining layer (as it was the corselette toile);
I omitted the parallel ribbons and replaced it with one thin pink grosgrain ribbon;
I shortened the skirt slightly; and
I added nylon dress net to the bottom of the corselette to add some volume.
Here are a few photos:
I am happy with the result and it did help me get my confidence back but I did learn a few lessons from this though:
1) be careful which side of the lining that I am attaching to the fashion fabric... as silly me! I managed to attach it incorrectly; and
2) machine blind-hemming is hard! (a zoomed in photo may give away how uneven the hem is!) I will definitely not attempt to do this on my wedding dress. doing it by hand will give it more control although of course being more time consuming.