Post # 1
I think I found “the one”. My mom and I went to a bridal salon on Saturday with the sole intention of trying on a Mori Lee that I’ve been eyeing for months now. They didn’t have it in stock but they had something very similar. I tried it on and absolutely fell in love. I’m a plus size girl so I normally don’t feel that I look good in any dress but this totally did it for me. When I walked out, the look on my mom’s face said it all. She’ll deny it but I saw tears in her eyes. I admit it, I definitely had the “this is my wedding dress” moment and I may or may not have shed a tear myself (ok, I definitely did but I tried to hide it the best I could).
I loved everything about the dress except for the price tag. I had initially wanted to spend $500 on my dress but this puppy is $870. Add in tax and alterations and I’m probably looking at close to $1200. Here’s the thing, I can afford the dress, I just don’t know that I can justify spending that much money on something that I’m going to wear for 6 hours.
*The sample was 2 sizes too small so that’s why the back looks all funky.*
ETA: Ugh, sorry the pics are so huge. I’m at work so I can’t change the size.
Post # 3
If you know the designer number you can check some online stores http://www.netbride.com/ and http://www.pearlsplace.com both carry it and they give good prices on dresses I know casue I ordered my dress from netbrides and BM’s from pearl’s but I don’t have either yet, so I can’t comment if they are good, but the reviews are so you should give them a call and ask how much that one will cost.
Post # 4
i would call other shops in your area to ask for a price, then try pearl’s place. pearl’s place has great customer service and their prices are almost always lower than other shops.
Post # 5
@Atalanta: I already submitted for a quote from netbride but I doubt it would give me much of a discount. The other dresses I got quotes for weren’t that much off the original. Besides, buying it in the salon will give my girls each 10% off their bridesmaid dresses and FI will get a free suit rental. Thanks though!
Our of curiosity, are the pictures coming up sideways for anyone else? I just pulled this thread up on my phone and the pics are sideways but they are right-side up on my computer.
Post # 6
That dress looks amazing on you!!!
IMO, you should get it. I know it’s a lot to spend on a dress you’ll only wear for about 6 hours, but it’s probably going to be the most photographed dress you’ll own, and the photos will last for a really long time. You don’t want to look back at them and think, “Damn, I wish I had gotten the dream dress”.
Post # 7
Pretty! That looks beautiful on you. I went a little over budget on my dress too and the way I justified it was that, while I’ll only be wearing it one day, the pictures will last a lifetime and I really want to feel beautiful on my wedding day and capture that in photos and memories. There were some dresses that were just OK that cost less, but I knew I’d just feel OK instead of beautiful.
Post # 8
Believe me, I totally understand not wanting to drop that kind of money on something you’ll wear once. My dress budget was $500 as well. That said, that dress does look awesome on you!
Post # 9
You look great in it! Honestly, I think the price is still completely reasonable enough for it to not hold you back. I would have liked to only spend $500 on mine too, but as I shopped more, that went up. I ended up with a dress that was around 600, but it had no beading so I bought a beaded sash to go with it, bringing to total up to $800. I have no regrets in the amount of money spent. I say just go for it!
Post # 10
There are still 2 more that I’ve been wanting to try on so I’m going to hold off on making a decision until I see what those look like on me. Thanks for the comments! =)
Post # 11
Speaking as a girl who was married at 19 (and lost her husband to cancer) and is now having wedding #2: Get the dress you want and damn the price. Money comes and goes. Memories last forever. Or at least until we develop Alzheimer’s. :^)
Post # 12
@tess75: ;( Good advice though so @UpstateCait: i’d go for it, it does look fab and when else are you going to get the chance to wear the dress of your dreams.
Post # 13
The dress looks amazing on you!
Post # 14
That dress looks great :)!
Post # 15
I think if you love it, and it’s rare for you to feel GREAT in a dress, then $700 or so over your original budget isn’t too crazy. It’s not as far over the budget as some of those girls on SYTTD go! $700 is a small price to pay to feel beautiful on your wedding day.
Post # 16
Tht is a stunning dress, I love the crumb catcher. Great choice.