- 3 years ago
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter's Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
So a couple of months ago my sister was over visiting me so while she was here we went for a preliminary look at wedding dresses. I found one which I was pretty sure was it, but she convinced me to hold off for a bit just to be sure. My mum is in town this weekend so I made a couple of appointments – one at the shop I went to with my sister (small boutique store where I had been looked after by the lovely owner), and one at a much bigger more commercial store. So today we went to the big store first, and it happened that they had a sale on – bonus! I pulled a few dresses to try and the consultant pulled a few more based on what I had selected; I tried one of my picks on first and immediately knew that this was a very serious contender (and my mum agreed instantly!). Tried the others, all of which looked good (consultant did a fantastic job of pulling the silhouettes which looked great on me!) but kept going back to that first one. The lovely consultant agreed to hold it for me to the end of the day (it was a barely tried on one-off dress made as a sample but then never put into production, in my size) and off we went to the smaller boutique. I asked the consultant there to pull the dress I had loved plus another which was a close second and tried them both. It didn’t take long before I knew the one I had on hold at the other store was the one, with a few factors leading to that:
– the neckline of the one I had originally loved just didn’t quite work as well on me as the new favourite. The two dresses were very, very similar with just the neckline and the back differing.
– I think I was influenced by the fact that the two samples in the smaller store were not in my size (too big) and no matter how well you’re clipped into it, it just doesn’t quite feel or look the same.
– Convenience factor. The bigger store is in the central city, close to where I work; the smaller boutique is on the outskirts in suburbia, in the opposite direction from where I live. If the dress there had been overwhelmingly the one, I would have made it work, but it would not have been easy.
– the big store has an alterations department and cap alteration prices at $350 (but the dress fitted so well it won’t need much more than hemming, because I’m a shorty, and a little taking in at the shoulders) whereas the smaller boutique has a recommended seamstress they use but not with capped pricing.
– Price. Because the dress I picked was a sample and on sale, I got it for $500 (reduced from $1799). The other one, which would have been ordered, was still very very reasonable at $950 but every little bit helps. This was the last consideration for me though – I would have got the more expensive one if it had been th one.
So it’s paid for and waiting for me at the store, ready to go! So very excited! And without further ado, here it is (please ignore my stupid facial expression and my visible bra straps!):