- 8 years ago
- Wedding: July 2011
I’m sure every bride goes through this…. But I just wanted people’s thoughts on what they think I should do.
My story starts back in March/April of this year, when I found I dress I thought I wanted to buy. I loved it (it was the “AHA/OMG/This is it!” moment when I put it on), but my mom didn’t. I now realize her dislike had to do with the fact that it was a corset-back dress and because of my, um, sizeable derriere, where the corset ended unfortunately made it look way bigger than neessary. Ok, fine. I kept looking. All in all, I think I probably ended up trying on about 25 dresses.
In July we went to the Kleinfeld’s sample sale, and I ended up walking away with a dress that I liked (perfect in many way, but not in others; and didn’t have the “OMG this is it” moment either), but cost $1500. Granted, it probably retails for at least $2400 or more, so I got a darn good deal. And though I only wanted to spend $1000 on my dress, my mom was kind enough to pick up the extra $500. But now, as my budget is starting to become real and we’re starting to book vendors and such, the fact that I spent $1500 on a dress, plus all the alterations I’ll need to do (and lord knows how much that will cost), is starting to eat away at me and not in a good way. I will need it taken in at minimum, and the dress is A-line in shape and I want to make the skirt a little straighter (the dress has almost no construction and tons of seams so I don’t think it should be that complicated to do). But it’s still extra $$. I’ve see other dresses that are somewhat similar to what I have that I like better style wise and are way cheaper (either retail or new/sample dresses online that I can buy from other brides or resellers). And even if I had to get alterations, it would still give me back least $300-$500 if I can hopefully sell the one I have now.
Should I keep the dress I have and find other ways to cut costs, or should I sell it and get another dress that costs much less and that may need fewer alterations?