- 7 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011
My goal was to get a Mad Men/1950’s cocktail style tulle dress for my vintage 1930’s church carnival themed wedding.
I met with a major designer for that exact style yesterday with my 84 year old mom standing by with her checkbook. We got some attention, but not enough for me to feel comfortable making a decision. She was an artist but not a salesman like myself. So we left, went to lunch and then stopped by another place. I was told by the staff that I was out of time to order a gown for a May 7th wedding but the sales lady directed me to a small room in the back and said I might find a sample. I thought I was getting the brush off but she was actually getting the dressing room ready. She came back and saw me holding “the dress.”
The moment I went into the little room, I saw some fabric sticking out that looked really vintage. When I saw the shape and the size, I was bummed as my figure wasn’t going to work. When I saw the price tag, I almost fainted. Salesclerk told me to try it on because I had nothing to lose. We tried a few others first and then she got me zipped into the dress I eventually bought.
I had the “it” moment. I don’t know if someone my age with my shape or even my personality should wear a dress like this but it was “thee” moment. I feel poured into it and there isn’t an inch to spare. Sales lady told me to watch the desserts if I didn’t want to be knee deep in spanx for the wedding day.
I wasn’t sure if I could even sit down in the dress much less dance so my sister made me practice. We did the cha cha all around the store while singing a little chant “say yes to the dress” “say yes to the dress.” We had a blast.
There were other dresses that might have had more mainstream appeal for my wedding but I’m an eccentric and I’m into anything old. This reminded me of Maria Callas and Sophia Loren.
Not sure what you guys will think of the dress but my goal was to come in under $400 so that I could afford money for other things that are still not in our budget. And I did just that. My dress was on sale, marked down from $1,000 to $300.
Thanking my lucky stars that I didn’t give up on love, and love didn’t give up on me. Now if I could just give up ice cream, pizza, and beer! 🙂 Here’s to all of you out there without a trustfund, a sugar daddy, or a big savings account. There is a dress out there that you will love and will fit your budget.