- Ms Watermelon
- 7 years ago
- Wedding: July 2014
Ok, so when I first got engaged, I started browsing the internet looking for dress ideas. I was looking on Alfred Angelo’s website and found a dress that I was totally IN LOVE with. It was syle 1963. I knew it was out of my price range (online price range is $999, plus the mark-up at a bridal shop) but thought I’d use it for inspiration and maybe my consultant could help me find something similar for a cheaper price.
First, I went to David’s Bridal back in June and found a dress very similar. The consultant was SO ignorant to me making snide remarks about my “finances” and why I was shopping when I didn’t have over $1,000 handy to pay for a dress. She also wouldn’t let me browse through the dresses. I got pissed and left, vowed to NEVER set foot in another bridal shop. I was going to order online from China. That was until this afternoon….
Some of my friends and co-workers insisted that I go check out a bridal shop in the next town over from mine. I finally gave in, scheduled the appointment and called my mom to go with me.
We got there at noon and both bridal fitting rooms were occupied (they have 6 rooms total, but only 2 are “bridal”… just a MUCH larger room with mirrored walls, plenty of space to fan out trains, etc). Just as I was about to sit to wait, my consultant told me I was more than welcome to browse through everything they had. She showed me their clearance dresses, informal wedding gowns and traditional wedding gowns. Then, she informed me that there was a special sale going on for this weekend only. Any IN STOCK dress that was bought was 20% off!! Could she be serious?! I about died. Then she informed me that any dress that I decided on only needed 50% payment on to hold the dress, and monthly payments could be made after that. I was excited, because that just totally opened up my gown budget by hundreds of dollars.
I looked at the clearance dresses first (hey, you never know, my dream dress could have been hanging there waiting for me to find her!). Nothing I really liked, so I headed over to regular retail. I’m a larger girl (I gained 150 pounds while pregnant and can’t lose the weight to save my life!) so I headed right to the size 20 section (it’s the size I had on at DB and didn’t need altered). The first dress I pulled out, I told my mom it was “the one” but felt obligated to broaden my horizons and try on 2 others as well. The dress I’m calling “the one” was actually the 2nd dress I tried on and as soon as it was over my head and I looked in the mirror, I got chills and teary eyed. I was right–that WAS the one! My mom loved it, kept telling me how beautiful it was. And she said it was meant to be– it was the first dress I picked at that shop and the 3rd dress tried on (including DB)— 3rd time’s the charm, right? At least it was for me! I didn’t pay attention to the style number or anything, I didn’t care. I just knew it was the dress I wanted.
I got home and was trying to find the dress on Alfred’s websit so I could email it to my sister… there I am browsing through the dresses, overwhelmed by the PAGES upon PAGES of dresses. I decided to dig out my folder that I have of various pictures I’ve printed of things I found online that I liked for inspiration…. there was the picture of that Alfred Angelo Style 1963 dress that I printed out months ago….
GUESS WHAT???—> It’s the SAME EXACT dress I bought today! I didn’t even realize it until then…. so I bought my “original” dream dress, that I had thought I’d never be able to afford! How ironic….. but I’m ECSTATIC!