After much deliberation and back and forth I decided to make the facing. It's a bit more work, but I think the result will look a lot better than my original idea. Thanks goodness for Coletterie's post on How to Draft a Facing.
It's actually quite simple just a bit time consuming. A lot of tracing and measuring.
The back facing was pretty straight forward. Nothing too crazy here. But the front piece was a different story.
I had to deal with pleats that I did not want to have to sew into my facing, but I think I got a handle on it.
I marked my pleats on to the facing piece and "pleated" my facing. I used tape to hold down the pleats and voila a facing for the neckline of the dress that doesn't require pleating.
This technique was pretty easy to execute, and I am pretty happy with my results.
I even got the facings cut out and I started work on my dress's bodice. The pleats are complete and I even staystitched the neckline of the bodice.
I started on the bodice lining, but I realized that I forgot to get hot pink thread at the fabric store, so the lining only got as far as getting pined.
The wedding is on the 15th and if I do a chunk of the dress every day I should be done with more than enough time to spare. The next few days will be the easy stuff like sewing a lot of straight seams. I'll post the more interesting stuff when I get to it.