- 9 years ago
- Wedding: September 2008
I am embarrassed to say it, but I was a three dress bride. How did I get into this predicament? Well, I’m a bigger girl than most and I was terrified about going dress shopping. I didn’t think I would find anything I liked, let alone anything I could afford. Wow, did that backfire on me!
The first dress was being discontinued by David’s Bridal and was nice enough. It wasn’t great, but it fit, it looked okay, I could see myself wearing it, and I succumbed to the pressure of the discontinued label and paid $200 to make it mine. But I kept looking, because I felt like it just wasn’t the one. It was more of an insurance policy.
Then, I fell in love with a dress at a shady knock-off bridal store and went on a mission to find the original. Turns out, it was a $3000+ silk beauty by Rivini. After much hemming and hawing, I decided I couldn’t afford it, and so I went to a Lea-Ann Belter trunk show in search of Natalie, which was my next favorite dress.
I found Lea-Ann Belter’s Natalie, and ordered her in ivory with a longer skirt than normal so that I would have a lot of length to play with. I spent a lot of money, and in the end, when she arrived, the dress was just not right for me. I can’t explain it, but I just had visions of the Rivini (or Rivini knock-off) in my head that wouldn’t go away.
So I went on a mission to try to find whether the Rivini dress had been copied by a less expensive designer. I found that it had, and I decided to spend an additional $500 on that dress, which I thought was a steal in comparison. It was the perfect dress for me, and I’m so glad I found it.
I was able to sell the cheap cheap dress. I have yet to pass along the beautiful Natalie. So I’m selling it in the classifieds. http://classifieds.weddingbee.com/topic/new-plus-sized-lea-ann-belter-natalie-wedding-dress-never-worn Please take a look and pass it along to your friends! It’s a beautiful dress and it needs to find a beautiful bride to wear it!