Post # 1
I was finally ready to purchase a dress! (See 3rd picture below). I was ready to shell out nearly $2k for the dress that I think is my favorite. I’m waiting for a trunk show so that I can get a discount on it; I had my appointment set up and everything. Now, my future mother-in-law just let me know that she has a friend whose daughter just got married last year. She’s the same height/build as I am and apparently she has a wedding dress she is willing to part with. I don’t know what designer or style it is, but my FMIL told me that it retailed for over $2k and that it is very high quality. So now I’m torn. I like a rouched bodice and a-line and a full skirt. But I have to admit that the prospect of a free dress is irresistible! Take a look at the dress below and tell me what you think. Should I just go for it?
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Post # 3
I would try to find out what designer/style the free dress is. Maybe it’s a style you’ll love! If it’s a style you love, and it’s free, it would be a win-win situation! Otherwise, I’d shell out the money for something you love. You deserve to love what you’re wearing on your wedding day!
Post # 4
Look into the free dress, see if it pans out. You never know, it could be perfect!
Post # 5
i agree with the other posters. I’d say take a look at the free dress first. You have nothing to lose. If you don’t like it, then you can buy the dress that you love.
Post # 6
If you can, try to get a hold of the free dress and try it on. See how it makes you feel. You can’t beat that pricetag, so it’s worth the extra effort. 🙂
Post # 7
The problem is that the trunk show is on Oct. 3 and the dress is 500 miles away. I don’t have much time in between to try on the dress if I want to take advantage of the discount at the trunk show.
Post # 8
It’s hard to see the detail on her dress because her bouquet is covering the bodice, but the dresses don’t look dissimilar.
Could you take the photos to a seamstress and find out if it’s possible to add the rouched texture to the free dress? Maybe you can use the freebie as a basis to have the details you like added on … and it would cost way less than a new dress.
Post # 9
Email the gal and ask for the specifics on the dress. Ask her the designer and the size. Then, before the trunk show, go try on the dress at a store that has it.
Post # 10
The free dress looks pretty similar to the one you liked. I would see what can be done to it in alterations.
Post # 11
that dress is soooo beautiful and quite similar to the one you chose. I say at least try it on – ASAP before the trunk show. Then if you don’t feel fabulous in it go to the trunk show and buy the dress you love!
Post # 12
Charm bracelet– you’re a genius. I didn’t even think about trying it on at a store. Another stumbling block–just learned from the FI that the girl might have been intending to let me borrow, not keep it. Also learned that it was the mom of the bride who offered the dress to my FMIL. HAHA! This all looks like it’s about to fall apart.
Post # 13
Oh no… hopefully it doesn’t fall through!
The free dress is very similar to the dress you want to purchase, so I would say take the free one (if she lets you). You could easily tweak the neckline to mimic the 2k dress!
Keep us updated 🙂
Post # 14
Even if the girl doesn’t want to give it to you for free you can still probably pay less for your dress. On the other end it’s the one day where you don’t really want to compromise on the way you look.
Keep us updated!
Post # 15
ha, that’s awfully presumptuous of the mother to offer it up!
I’d probably want my “own” dress and try to get it on a serious sale.
That being said, that third pic is a VERY common style–i don’t think you necssarily have to get it at a trunk show or pay $1500 for style of dress. It’s simple and i like it; i just think that you could probably find it for more affordable if you want! Like….
These are probably between $600 and $800 =]
Post # 16
the whole “free dress” sounds fishy, I would be worried that you don’t really get it for free, or she changes her mind, and then the dress you want is no longer available.