Post # 1
I am new to posting here but have been browsing the boards for a while. My boyfriend and I are not engaged (yet). However, we have been dating for over four years and have planned to get married in August of 2013. Now, I am relatively impulsive and silly on a regular basis and was browsing a local UsedEverywhere page when I saw the most beautiful wedding gown for sale. Short-sleeved, modest, in my size, absolutely gorgeous, everything I want from a gown. I looked at others online and they don’t compare to this one. Most attractive of all was the price: $80. I knew I would always regret it if I didn’t buy it. It fits wonderfully and is loose enough that I could gain a smidgen of weight, is in perfect condition, has beautiful beading, and suits my personality (at this time…).
Now I would like to pose a few questions:
1) Am I completely off my rocker?!
2) Would you have done the same thing?
3) What is the best way to store a wedding dress for, oh, about two and a half years? I want to prevent yellowing and any other damage. It’s hanging in a long plastic dress bag in my closet (which does not close and is relatively dry). I wore my high school graduation dress again a few years ago to a fancy ‘do and found it in just the shape I left it, and I am storing it in a similar fashion.
Basically I want someone to tell me I’m not a total idiot. After all, it’s only $80, right?!
Post # 3
You’re not crazy! It’s practical! Finding a dress can be a total nightmare, you just avoided that whole mess. (I can justify ANY shopping purchase!)
Post # 4
I’m not sure I would have bought a dress but I did buy my dress for my wedding really early and stored it for about a year and a half. You need to get a cloth bag, get rid of the plastic bag, and cover it with a sheet. I did that with mine and it was fine.
Post # 5
1/2 No, you’re not off your rocker, but it’s not something I would have done. I don’t like to “count my chickens before they’re hatched” so to speak. I also think style and wedding plans change a lot once things become official.
I’m not really sure where you should store it besides keeping it somewhere relatively dark where it won’t get sun damaged. Is your boyfriend coming across it an issue, or does he know you have it?
Post # 6
Oh yeah, I would NOT let your BF know that you have it. He might freak out a little. I agree with PP, I don’t like to count my chickens before they hatch but if you feel that confident that a proposal is coming, then it was a good idea.
Post # 7
The first thing I did was call him and fess up like a super-guilty criminal. He actually wasn’t too shocked, which just shows how calm he is and how impulsive I tend to be! He totally understood that it was THE opportunity, but seems a little wary. I think he feels let down because he wanted to be involved in picking out the dress.
As to the nearness of the proposal, I’m almost certain that it will happen sometime between June and October. We’ve been extremely open about our thoughts on everything, and he’s let it slip that we’ll be engaged before our next anniversary (November) and after he’s spent some time working in another city (spring!).
I’m sort of put out that he feels a little let down. However, I think he’ll warm to my thriftiness soon enough.
Post # 8
You put it in a cloth bag and then covered it with a sheet? Or the other way around? Where did you get the bag?
Thank you so much for putting your purchase-justification skills to use now! I feel a little better!
Post # 9
haha I think $80 is awesome! Totally worth it 🙂 You could still find something you like better, but at least you won’t be thinking about the dress you passed up. I would now recommend not looking again for a while!