Post # 1
So ladies I just really wanted to share my success. I love love love my dress and cannot believe I got it for so cheap! I wanted to share my story and do any other bees have success stories. Not to bash other brides but I had a tight budget and I think it ludicrous to spend thousands on a dress you wear once when there are just as beautiful dresses for so much less!
I was ready to go shopping for a dress my wedding was less than 6 months out and I knew I had to go. I did not want to start in a bridal store for fear of prices and trying on a dress that I LOVED but could not afford. I set my budget at $500 and decided to start at some consignment shops that a friend had success at.
I was not expecting to find a dress this day at all. My goal was to go with all my family please them in being present at my very first wedding dress shopping experience. I thought I was going to have to search for a long time after that day with just my Maid/Matron of Honor. So packed up grandma mom aunt Maid/Matron of Honor and mother in law into the SUV and headed out.
The first store we went into had nothing but old dresses. Like 80s puffy sleaves I was very disappointed and it reassured me I was not going to find anything. I tried one on that had some simple beading. It was a A-line (not what I wanted) It was horrible!! I came out in it and everyone laughed it wasn’t me! So we left that store and went to a second consignment shop.
This was a bit more modern and had newer style dresses. I went to the rack in my size and pulled a few dresses. My Maid/Matron of Honor held up a dress and said, “how about this one!” It looked puffy in the bag I almost said no but said what the hell! Anyways to make a long story short I went into the make shift dressing room with my mom who ended up lacing me up in the dress my Maid/Matron of Honor picked. I started to notice all the lace detail and all the crystal’s under the bust. I fell in love! I knew at that second I did not need to try on another dress. I kept saying “oh my god oh my god this is beautiful this is so so beautiful!!” My family started bugging me to come out! It was some work to get me in the dress. But I finally got all laced in and when I walked out BAM instant tears from everyone. Including the store owner!!!! It was perfect. I felt so amazing in the dess so beautiful! After watching so many episodes of ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ I could not believe I was having that moment. With everyone there as well it was truley special.
In all the ouhs and ahs. I failed to look at the price tag because I judged it in the bag and didnt even thing I was going to like it! I asked the store owner about the dress and squeezed my eyes shut. The store owner told me it was a sample dress from a bridal boutique in a fancy town south of me. It was the last season dress or whatever and could not sell it and they sent it to her. Even though it was a sample dress it was brand new never actually worn for a wedding. It had no damage, no wearing, no marks, no stains. It was the Maggie Sottero Shaylyn. It retails for $1300. The price tag on this dress…..$450!!!!!!!!!!! I cried. The dress fits me so perfectly it needs absolutely no alterations. I was and still am in shock that I found this dress in my size in my price range.
But thats my success story and I want to hear from other brides who found a good deal or how they found a modest priced dress!
and here are the pictures 😉
Here is the “model” picture
And me 🙂
This is before the crinoline and the dress isnt pulled down thats why it has the bunching
and with the crinoline
Not the best pictures but you get the point!!
Post # 3
Very pretty! Always wonderful to find a bargain and to look so nice in said bargain to boot! The dress looks perfect on your figure. Congrats!
Post # 4
That dress was made for you! Such an awesome story, congrats!
Post # 6
@kaw2be: I know!! Everyone kept saying that. It really was made for me 🙂 all it needs is it bustled
Post # 8
Great find, you look fantastic!! 😀
Post # 9
It’s perfect for you! You look beautiful.
Post # 10
I got a fabulous deal on a dress, not through a consignment shop but by a different route. I set out to avoid the “bridal store new dress experience” altogether, if possible. I went to a Brides Against Breast Cancer event with my mom, had a great time, tried on loads of dresses, and found one I adore.
I actually found about half a dozen that were good options. Some I liked a little better, some my mom liked a little better … I kept coming back to a spaghetti-strap A-line, allover lace, fit me like a glove, almost exactly what I wanted except it didn’t have sleeves. I really wanted a gown with sleeves for our Catholic church wedding, so I suggested to my mom that maybe we could add them to this gown. She wasn’t 100% convinced. A little later I tried on a gown that had a long-sleeved lace coat. She loved that one – but I wasn’t 100% convinced. I liked the lace, but wasn’t wild about the piece underneath, a strapless satin ball gown. I said to her, “How about, let me try on the first gown with the coat from the second one, to give us an idea of what it would look like to add sleeves to it.”
So, I did, and it was exactly what I was looking for. Both Mom and I loved it! They looked like they were meant to go together, even though they were entirely different dresses. Even better: the Brides Against Breast Cancer lady allowed us to separate the lace coat from Gown #2 and buy it then and there so I could just use that, instead of us having to try to replicate it, or add sleeves to Gown #1. She said she would still be able to sell the second gown as-is without the coat. NO WAY would a regular bridal shop have ever allowed us to do anything like that! I was SO happy with the entire experience of buying my gown from Brides Against Breast Cancer – I can’t say enough good things about them! I ended up purchasing the lace gown #1, the lace coat from gown #2, an awesome headpiece and a veil, all for less than most brides spend on their gown alone.
Post # 11
@sixshifter: what crinoline did you use?? and how much?
Post # 12
@KCKnd2: That is awesome! I actually went in to a Brides Against Breast Cancer after I bought my dress and if I didnt find my dress that day I knew I would have found it there they had so many beautiful dresses! Congrats on finding the PERFECT dress that fits like a glove. Its a good feeling huh!
@bump: In all honesty I dont know what it is! They had it at the shop there. I guess it had been there for a LONG time because they pretty much just gave it to me. Like it was $20. It pushed out the dress to the perfect size but it does not fit perfectly around my waist it ties kind of like a shoe! the strings on it are like shoe strings its weird I dont know how to explain it. But hey it works its not uncomfortable it was cheap and nobody sees it anyway!
Post # 13
@sixshifter: What a steal! A bride after my own heart. I scored my dress for $400 because it was a floor sample and _just_ went onto the sale rack. I didn’t think I would like it until I actually tried it on.
Post # 14
Wow! What a steal, you look stunning in it!
Post # 15
Beautiful dress! 🙂 I got a used dress too, I shop at thrift stores a lot so I have no qualms about secondhand clothing haha. I got mine on ebay, it was dress from DB I had been admiring in pics for a while but hadn’t tried on. The bride who wore it was selling it super cheap because there was a small spot on it, it was about $75 including shipping, and the listing ended soon so I just bid and got it! Having never tried it on, I didn’t like the shape on me quite as much as I thought I would, but after I added a sash to lower the waist a tad bit I love it! I don’t feel sad because I missed out on the bridal shop experience, sales people helping me always makes me uncomfortable anyways and there’s nothing I love more than a good deal 🙂
And of course on any dress thread I need to add my poor quality pictures 😉
Post # 16
Wow OP that is an incredible story.