- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
I feel like I got incredibly lucky dress shopping and I just had to share.
A little over a year ago, I fell in love with the Modeca Mavis dress. I thought it was stunning and I loved the different fabrics. Broke my heart leaving it, but I knew it was going to be a while before I actually got married.
This year. Fiance and I have decided it’s finally time to tie the knot (finally time, next year! :P)
I’d been pinning my hopes on this dress for so long that I just had to see if it was still available. I didn’t think that it would be, since it’s from the 2011 line, but I had to know. I called the boutique where I tried it on to find out if it was still available. I know there are other places you can get dresses, but I had searched and searched and was never able to find it pre-worn or anything like that. I didn’t want to purchase it new because the only place I’d seen it was our little boutique here in town. Here in town is a city with a population about 7000. They are the only bridal store in town and since they have the corner on the market, I assumed they’d jack up the prices because they could.
Oh, how very wrong I was.
My shopping experience was perfect. They still had the Modeca dress in store, offered to sell me the sample if it would fit, and got me set up for an appointment. When I went in, I discovered this time that they are local family owned, only have a staff of about 4 people. My attendant helped me in and out of about 15 dresses, including several corsets and a couple of dresses twice. At their advice, I saved the Modeca for last.
I was shocked to find that it was just wasn’t the dress. The sample didn’t fit me close enough, and while they did of course offer to order it if I wanted, I knew it wasn’t the one. I put the 2nd dress I’d tried on back on and it was the one. This sample was also too big, and I was prepared to order it, but then the staff told me this story:
Another girl had previously chosen that dress in ivory (just like I wanted) and ordered it. It was paid for by a family friend. The dress had come in, but the girl had disappeared. To their knowledge, she had just picked up and left town. The dress was already in store in my size, and I waited while they called the older gentleman who’d paid for it. He was thrilled to be able to let the dress go – couldn’t believe it was my size, absolutely wanted someone to be able to use it, and on top of that, he was tickled pink that I’m ginger (apparently he has a soft spot for redheads).
I was able to purchase the dress in store that day. It will just need alterations for my height. The other girl never even tried it on. Still in original packaging with her accessories (which I won’t use, but it was there packaged together).
tl;dr, The dress that I wanted was not the dress that I wanted, my dream dress was already in store in my size, it cost $500 less than the Modeca I wanted, and on top of that? Well I checked online after I got home and found out the price I paid is about $100 less than the average it goes for.
I can’t believe how lucky I was, because I’ve heard so many stories about what a nightmare dress shopping can be. I feel like I was meant to have this dress.
The Allure I got. I’m not smiling because I’m trying not to cry! It’s style 2359 if you’re curious.
The pictures don’t really do it justice. (close up)
Anybody else have any cool stories about their dress shopping experience?