(Closed) dress issues. Sigh.

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
4946 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Skittles131:   *hugs* of encouragement!!   Your mom is wonderful!  I hope you both enjoy the excursion.  From what you have written above, you are very thoughtful and I suspect not likely to make a rash decision.  I think if you find a dress you really, truly love more than the one you have, you will be happy you went.  And if you don’t, I don’t think you will be swayed by the praise-bombing of the salespeople.  

And yes, you do just wear the dress one day.  One WEDDING day.  

Oh, and post photos!!  LOL

Post # 3
3276 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Just go and try on the samples! I got 50% for buying a sample at a bridal salon so it came out to $400 and it’s basically brand new, name brand, etc. The sample was way too big on me but they are able to alter it down. I’d just go at least look. If there’s nothing you like then stick with the dress you have. 

Post # 5
2508 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I was the same way.  I have such a hard time spending money on myself, and was looking at bridal gowns at around 400.  My mom got more involved and ended up purchasing one for 1900 that we absolutely fell in love with.  I’ve also have an 18 month engagement, and the wedding has gotten a lot bigger and more formal as we went along, so this dress defintiely fits that better.   The dress is absolutely gorgoeus, but I definitely feel bad about the money sometimes.  It is sooo much for one day, but it is so hard to find a well made wedding dress for much under 1000 (the wedding industry is a bit crazy- you could definitely find highly embelled, well made, beautiful evening gowns out there for a few hundred).  

In the end the entire cost of the wedding is really only for one day (not just the dress).  I spent more on the dress, so I REALLY cut back on flowers, invitations, and will be doing my own makeup.  It all ends up being the same, but I would agrue that the dress is really really important.  It is the way the bride feels in a dress which makes her glow, it affects her mood, and her ability to deal with stress.  When you look your bests you feel your best and everyone should feel great on their wedding day.  

Just have fun with it and when you find THE dress, you won’t want to look at other dresses.  Maybe you’ll find it, or maybe the journey will help you realize it is the one you already have.  

Post # 6
345 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Are there any shops near you that specifically sell samples? I live in Atlanta and Bridals by Lori (of SYTTD fame) has a special downstairs section where they sell samples for $900 or less (my dress in an Amsale that was originally 4k!). I was surprised to find so many gorgeous gowns in my price range!

Post # 7
1282 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Skittles131:  Good luck with your dress search!

As another option though, if you like your current dress, and are just missing a sash, you can search etsy for “bridal rhinestone applique” (or pearl, crystal, etc) and buy something that can be attached onto a plain sash or ribbon to make a more blingy sash. The appliques i saw doing a quick search are anywhere from $15 to $50 on up. It would at least be cheaper than the $200-$300 ready made sashes. 

For example, this is $12: https://www.etsy.com/listing/127966542/bridal-accessories-crystal-applique?ref=sr_gallery_31&ga_search_query=bridal+rhinestone+applique&ga_ship_to=US&ga_ref=auto9&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

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