- 8 years ago
- Wedding: November 2012
Well, after all this…
…it ended up being NEITHER of the dresses. The new tulle Vera Wang with the straps was lovely, but it was just a little too much for me – dollar-wise and style-wise. It was gorgeous, but something about it – maybe the volume? – was just over the top.
I went with Mom yesterday. In my whole dress journey, I’ve never gone with my mom. I’ve shown her pictures and so on, but I’ve done most of my shopping on my own. I hate shopping with people for everything else, so I thought I’d do better on my own. Less pressure, right?
Eh. I didn’t make the best decisions the first two times. Call in the mama!
I went into DB with a list of other dresses to compare with the two from the previous post. The first one I really liked was sadly discontinued and no DB anywhere in this time zone had it in my size or a size close enough to be altered. It was tulle AND taffeta! I loved how the sample looked, but it was 3 sizes too big.
Then, a few dresses later, I put on this baby. Mom swooned.
Detail on front:
Back, with covered buttons ALL THE WAY down the train:
It’s soft, it’s traditional. It’s tulle but not fluffy. It’s got some glitter with the metallic embroidery, but no rhinestones or sequins. It defines my waist with the skinny sash, but it doesn’t make me look short-waisted (I am).
I felt beautiful. Not sexy or glamorous (like the second dress I bought in April) or pretty princess (like the first dress I bought in January) – just beautiful.
I threw aside the notion that whatever I got had to work with the statement necklace from my best friend and with the elbow-length, beaded veil I’d already bought and I just called it a clean slate. This is THE dress.
And it all worked out! I went back to the snooty no-refunds-even-on-accessories-that-won’t-even-be-here-till-August salon today and asked about getting store credit for the necklace my friend ordered for me. I dressed prettily, asked politely and made sure other customers overheard my sad story. I also emphazised that I now needed to buy a new veil, jewelry, and hairpiece to complement my new dress.
I WIN. The sales manager wasn’t particularly compassionate, I think she just wanted to be rid of me. So I happily applied the credit to the purchase of a cathedral length, single-tier ivory veil and this pretty clip to go with it.
The friend who bought me the necklace is quite happy with the exchange and I think she secretly wants to steal the hair clip.
Thanks for listening to my three-dress saga. I think everyone that matters in my dress choice is happy now, and I am totally at peace :o)
Now off to the centerpieces!