- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
I’m so excited about my dress and I wanted to share my experience! So as a fairly budget-conscious bride, I figured my only real choice for dresses was David’s Bridal. Of course, I’d heard mixed reviews, so I was a bit apprehensive. Over the past couple of months I went twice to David’s, liked a dress that has since gone on sale for $499. Good deal, right? I liked it, it looked “nice” on me. Again, I just assumed that’s where I’d end up based on the fact that I didn’t have 1000’s to spend on a gown. For my own peace of mind, I figured I’d check out another local boutique to see if the more expensive dresses made me feel any better (or worse!) about my decision to purchase from David’s. I wasn’t very optimistic.
Fast forward to yesterday, I made a last minute appointment at a boutique that happened to be an authorized Maggie Sottero retailer (that was what drew my attention to them in the first place). So I walked in, and was greeted by a pleasant enough woman…at first I thought she was being really brisk and just trying to get my appointment over with – but the more time I spent there, the more I felt like she really was trying to find the right dresses for me. There was one that she picked that I kept looking at in the dressing room but she insisted she was saving it for last. Now the dresses I was trying on were in the $800-1200 range- a bit above my budget comfort level. I tried on Allure, Casablanca, Maggie…
Well when I put on the “last” dress, I felt transformed- into a bride!!! It was Casablanca 2032… here is a link: http://www.weddingdressesbrand.com/casablanca-2032-spring-2011-p-4362.html
The sample dress happened to be a size 20 (of all things)…and it fit me like a GLOVE. Perfect length, doesn’t even need a hem! The only alteration it will need is a bustle. It was as if this gown were made for my body. I fell particularly in love with the scalloped neckline, and the scalloped back- I’m a bigger girl, and believe me when I tell you, there wasn’t an ounce of back fat pouring over the scalloped back. Anyway, the dress was priced at $1099… I ended up getting it for $799, including tax and cleaning/pressing (since it is the sample). I figured, with the only alterations being the bustle… Any dress I’d order from Davids would need alterations anyway…so I don’t think I am paying too much more than I’d pay all in at David’s. I feel like I got a good deal on the gown… but as with any large purchase, I just hope I don’t regret it down the road!!! (not so much regret the gown itself…but more so regret spending this much money on a dress that I’ll wear for ONE DAY in the first place, if that makes sense!)
Wow this was long. Thanks for reading! 🙂