- 6 years ago
First of all, let me say that I know how, well, for lack of a better word, thirteen I sound when I say that I’m planning a wedding, but not engaged yet. And I probably sound more juevenile when I say that I am certain beyond a doubt that my boyfriend and I are going to be married. But we’re waiting for the right timing, etc. Anyway back to the point…
My problem stems from the fact that I’m too practical for my own good, and (un?)fortunately, I inhereted my father’s most prominent gene: thriftiness. Maybe it’s because I’m young and presently working as a volunteer, and no offense, but I can’t even FATHOM the thousands people spend on weddings. Yes, I get that it’s your one day to be a princess, but… OK, not the time for a soapbox.
My point is that while there’s no bling on this finger, I am starting the shopping around process. I’ve been looking at local vendors and gathering ideas. And mostly, I’ve been looking at dresses. I admit with shame that I’ve spent countless hours looking for the ideal dress. I’m not EXTREMELY picky, but here’s a breakdown of what I’d love:
Short (knee length, preferably), lacy (doesn’t have to be all over), and (here’s the kicker) under $250. I’ve found some lovely dresses, but it always seems that they meet 2 of the 3. The thing is that I’m discovering (and maybe it’s because I’m not even looking at long dresses, or at ones that are over my budget): short lace dresses lack something that the longer versions have (and it’s not the fabric from the knee to the ankle.)
This dress is BEAUTIFUL and, as I’ve noticed, the basic pattern is pretty common for lace dresses – v-cut or halter top, little belt, sheek, lovely, etc. So if I could find one of these dresses and just have it stop at the knee (and not be charged for that extra yard or whatever of fabric) it would be ideal. But they don’t make dresses like that. Which would mean custom tailoring. Which would mean my dress budget would be even smaller.
So, Hive, all of that to say, I’m stuck (in a very loose I-don’t-have-a-wedding-date-or-even-a-ring sort of way.) My mom’s a seamstress, so I have been looking at preloved longer dresses with the hopes that my mom could trim it down and then maybe make something of the unused part… I just can’t imagine buying something NEW that I intend to hack to bits. Anyway, I’d like your thoughts and suggestions? Any budget friendly designers that have some short designs? I am somewhat partial to Moonlight Tango’s T526, but I sort of doubt it’ll retail for under $250…
Anyway, I’m open to suggestions! 🙂