Post # 1
My dress journey was a pretty easy one, or so I thought. My wedding isnt until April of next year but since we are having a destination wedding I figured I needed to get up on the good foot to make things happen. Task 1: find an awesome dress that made me feel like a super sexy bride!
In late March of this year I tried on the Fanal dress in Oyster and thought it was the “one” until I happened upon Sincerity Bridal’s gown that made me feel like a super star. (see pic below)
This dress is sexy, semi-casual (for a wedding anyway) and light weight so I could dance the night away. Plus I really liked that fact that it wasnt represented in alot of pictures (every bride wants to feel unique, right?). I didnt think I would have that moment that some brides yearn for (teary eyes, goose bumps, visions of dancing in my dress in my head) until I had it SO I thought to myself “Self – this is IT! You found your wedding dress!” Deposit put down and time to tackle the next task UNTIL I received a horrible email yesterday. Loosely paraphrased: the shop owner told me the dress I ordered was discontinued in May and she didnt find out until today. They usually inform her of discontinuations but the ENTIRE Sincerity line is being discontined so we have to find another dress. Ummmm say what now? We have to do what? Is this a joke? I’m obviously being punked. Talk about dress devastation.
So my search sadly continues with 10 months to go now instead of the 13 I started with. She suggested Mori Lee 5108 (see pic). She says its similar to my original dress and she think it looks killer on hour glass shapes.
Fellow Bees – what do you think? Should I try it on or say screw it and get married in jeans and a t-shirt at the courthouse?
Signed -a broken hearted new-bee
Post # 3
Can she sell you the sample?
Post # 4
@CocoClassic: I was going to ask the same thing peachacid did… can you buy the sample?
Post # 5
@peachacid – the sample was 4-5 sizes too big and it would seriously compromise the integrity of the shape. I looked into that myself and the cost for altering the dress THAT much is almost half the cost of the dress itself. She is so gracious and apologetic. Offered me my $$ back and all but I really want to work with her as she gives great attention to her customers AND she pulled the winning dress pictured above. I’m just really sad and dont know what to do. I dont have tons of money and this dress was going to be right in my price range with alterations, wtc. ($1500-$1750)
Post # 6
Try it on! It does look very similiar to the dress you had originally picked. I am sorry that this is happening to you!
Post # 7
As others said, offer to buy the sample. If it’s discontinued, that means the sample is now worthless to shop owners, so there should be a few around to purchase. Otherwise, you could try a preowned site.
Post # 8
+1 to the PPs. The alternative dress she suggested for you IS really spectacular, but so is the one you fell in love with in the first place! I’d definitely look into purchasing the sample. If the shop owner will refund you the entire purchase price, you can even look elsewhere for a sample. Would you considering purchasing the dress used?
ETA: I just saw that you posted about the sample being way too big. 🙁 Is it possible that another store would have the sample in a smaller size? I know you don’t want to take your business away from this gracious lady, but maybe you can purchase a sample elsewhere and take it to her for alterations?
Post # 9
@CocoClassic: Well, those dresses look VERY similar. I’m sure you will find another amazing dress. But, while is it impossible to buy the sample you tried? I myself just purchased a dress that has discontinued. I had to call several places to get my size and luckily I found. But I was going to buy a little big dress that I tried on and get it altered if I couldn’t find the size.
BTW you look so sexy and I’m sure you’ll rock so many dresses 🙂
Post # 10
On Google, it seems that the Sincerity dresses have numbers rather than names. Do you know the number of your dress?
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
That mori lee is one of my favorite dresses on the market right now, so I definitely say give it a try!
Post # 12
Could you get it second hand? I do love the second dress too though. Definately go and try it on. There’s a lot of dresses around right now that are that shape. You’ll find another you love!
Post # 13
If I can remember correctly, I think that Mori Lee is well below $1,000. So it wouldn’t mess up your budget to try it on!
Post # 14
I would try on the Mori Lee. It looks very similar.
Post # 15
Can she sell you the sample?
Post # 16
@CocoClassic: – These are my suggestions:
1. Try on the suggested dress just to see.
2. Have a seamstress make the dress you want.
3. Try craigslist or a preowned website (got my gown from a preowned website for less than a third of the actual cost and it was never worn but the previous owner)