This is my first post ever..and what better way to start then to post about my dream wedding dress!
Ok, I know what some of you might think…”I would never buy a wedding dress from COSTCO”. I was one of the ones who got excited when I found out that Kirstie Kelly was having a exclusive line at my local costco. I signed up right away when I saw the picture of the Alencon Lace gown. You see, ever since I got engaged I’ve been trying on dresses ranging from your local Davids Bridal to higher end dream dresses made by Monique Lhuillier and Vera Wang. I tried them all! All the dresses that I grew up admiring just didn’t feel right on me. My parents offered to pay for my wedding dress since my fiance and I are handling the entire wedding cost on our own, so luckily when it came to the dress price, it wasn’t a issue.
Let me describe to you all what the process was. It was simple and fun. I made an appointment and was sent to a section of the my local costco that was sectioned off such as this (image was taken off a website) ::
When I went in, I was greeted by Amber (who is a employee of the Kirstie Kelly Salon, not from Costco). I was there with my two sisters who drove over a hour to see me try on the Kirstie Kelly Line. I told her I was there for my appointment and was excited to try on one of their dresses. She said “why not try on all of them!” I tried on a total of 4 by the end of the night since it was so much fun! There was a big area sectioned off within the zone that was a changing room filled with dresses in different sizes. It was a area that was not personally sectioned off, but the staff made it very comfortable to try on gowns among other brides (since all other brides had on their own undergarments). The English Net and Alencon Lace in soft white was the first dress I tried on and it was right then and there I felt what all the girls on tv shows and movies say…”this is it..THE dress!” That thought was before I even looked in the mirror! When I stepped out and looked in the mirror, I felt butterflies that I felt when I first met my Fiance. It was perfect. I did not care at all where this dress was from or how much it cost, I just knew I had to walk down the isle in this dress on the day I make my bestfriend my husband! My sister even cried!
Here is a picture of the dress::
I tried on more dresses just for the fun of it cause each and every single one of them had details that were just beautiful. I payed the most attention to my lace dress since I loved it so much. It was hand cut and hand sewn lace. It was perfect.
After talking to Amber about questions I had in reguards to alternations, she informed me that you can take it their store in LA. I am sure you can take it to any other seamstress, but I’d pay $400 for their in house one since I’ve read only great things on Yelp about her. ($400 is the flat rate from what Amber said, and that includes ALL alterations which I’m assuming is bustling also). After I said YES to the dress, she wrote me up a ticket and I went to pay for it. It was easy. After paying, I walked back Amber and she handed me my wedding dress. (Don’t worry, when a dress is purchased it is a new dress in a wedding gown bag, not the sample dresses). With pride and joy.
I personally don’t feel that spending a LOT on a wedding dress is worth it. I am doing a vintage/anthropogie theme wedding which is what my fiance and I feel is a perfect example of who we are. My dress made me feel beautiful, happy, and excited to be wearing THIS dress as the very dress that I will make my amazing fiance my husband.
And now….here it is!! We forgot to bring a camera with us (which I am so bummed about!!) but did have our cell phones. The dress obviously needs to altered.
Sorry for the size/cropping. I looooove my dress and would totally recommend any other bride to stop by Costco.
Heres also a picture of the detail on the lace (hand cut and hand sewn on!!)
I hope this helps some of you gals who are on the fence about trying on a Kirstie Kelly dress at Costco.