- Stellar Magnitude
- 7 years ago
- Wedding: October 2012
My mom and I planning for her to make my gown. She sent me to a salon to try on similar styles to my design, just to see if it worked with my body. The Casablanca #2008 was the first gown that I tried on. When I walked out in it, my friends literally gasped. I hadn’t even looked in the mirror yet, but the looks on their faces said it all. And ten dresses later, none of the reactions compared to that of the first.
My mom has gotten really excited about making my gown. And I have faith that she’d do a great job. I love the idea of her making my gown. I really do. To me, it’s even better than wearing one that’s been passed down. But the Casablanca spoke to me. It had that vintagey feel and did amazing things with my figure. Plus… only $600?! Come on! I did a search and nowhere could I find the dress for such a steal.
She’s even mentioned that she could easily duplicate it. But the details on it are so amazing! And how much money will it really save to have it made anyway?
I’ve been asking myself: “Why go through the headache of having a gown custom made?” I mean, it will be sort of a hassle with my mom living 900 miles away. So there is a concern about when she finally gets here with the finished dress (just days before the wedding). I mean, what if some major alterations need to be made? Would just a day or two be enough time? Is it going to be more stress than it’s worth?
The dress is a sample and that design usually retails for $990. Off the rack, I can purchase it for $600. The good news is that the salon has a layaway plan. If alterations are needed, a deposit of 50% is required. The rest can be spread out over monthly payments until the wedding day (so for over a year). No word yet on whether the deposit’s refundable… though being a layaway plan, I’d imagine that it is. If it is refundable, at least I have the option of changing my mind.
The other side of this is that I’ve been budgeting for a custom gown all along. Since I’d just be paying for the material, I’d get a lot more dress for a lot less money. Because of this, I’ve only budgeted $450 for the dress (including alterations). The Casablanca’s hem is a bit long for my 5’1″ frame, so $600 isn’t the final cost. As you can see, it’ll put me over budget.
To break it down for you, here are the pros and cons:
Oh! And here’s the Casablanca on me. (LOL @ the face! I loved it too much!!)