- 10 years ago
- Wedding: March 2020
Bees, I have a happy dress story that I want to share in case it may help some bride who is feeling just “so-so” about her dress!
I’m getting married in two weeks and back in Nov., I bought a dress from Davids Bridal that I did not love but that I thought “would work alright.” It was four months out to our wedding and I felt pressuerd to buy something. Basically, I was indifferent about the dress and just bought it because of the inexpensive price tag. I just could not get my head around paying much for a dress that I’d only wear a few hours. I was being WAY too practical for my own good. Well the dress came in and I had nightmare fittings and had to take the dress out of DB’s hands to a second seamstress for more work. Anyway, by the end of the process I was NOT happy with the process (and crazy added expense). Overall, I was NOT feeling excited to wear my dress on our big day. Almost even dreaded it.
And then I got an email about a local bridal boutique having a sample sale four weeks to the day we’re getting married. So I made an appointment “just to see if there was anything else” that might catch my eye. The first dress I tried on was absolutely perfect. I instantly loved it and knew right then I had to buy it and that I’d be a two-dress bride. Being a discontinued sample, the dress was VERY reasonably priced and the alterations only took one week (vs. five weeks/fittings for the first one)!
Next I did what all two-dress brides do – I posted my original dress on a couple of websites to sell it. And within three days, I had a buyer. We only communicated over email, but I came to really like this girl and she’s so excited about having the dress and wearing it for her wedding, that the whole process felt totally right.
My lessons learned… 1. Don’t settle on a dress just because you haven’t found one yet that you really, reallly like. 2. Don’t assume that bridal boutiques will be way out of your price range… they really can have some good deals, just like David’s! 3. Don’t rule out shopping online for a previously owned dress, esp if you’re wanting to save money. There are TONS of brand new dresses out there on the interwebs just waiting for buyers. You can negotiate on the price and if the seller lives in your area, you will likely be able to see it in person before buying.
I hope this helps someone. I’ve made a complete 180 from just feeling “blah” about my first dress to being absolutely thrilled and super excited about wearing my second dress and having my Fiance see me in it!!!
I’ve posted a picture of me in my new dress (please ignore the pins along the sides).