- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
I’m just recently engaged, and looking for my wedding dress for this fall. We’re on a somewhat small budget ($10k), but still flexible (my parents are willing to help out but we haven’t really made boundaries/limitations). My main criteria were that it would look good (obviously!) but would stay within my budget (generalized, I know). Using those online budget calculators, I had set a limit of $500 for the dress, including alterations, though I was hoping to find something more in the $300 range at the most. I have been spending a lot of time looking online, especially at used dresses (and being tempted by the online prices).
One of my problems is my difficulty with finding clothes in general that I like. Also, I’m pretty indecisive and I find it really hard to have opinions on things like clothing, especially if I’m not being pulled strongly one way or the other. I usually end up being dissatisfied and don’t buy anything. Though online options are tempting, I’m not sure if I could find something that I can trust would look good on me.
Cue dress shopping time. My mom and I (and later my sister) have been to four shops, trying things on (concentrating on the discontinued items). The first store had one that I had liked best so far, out of what I had tried on. When we got to the third store, there was a clear favorite there, but it would be $425 (it’s discontinued). This is on the high end of what I’m willing to pay, but as the session went on, I really did like it, and since then I find myself torn on whether to just get it or keep looking.
Here’s a pic (try to ignore the jacket- it’s the only full body pic I have):
Here’s a closeup (no jacket, with veil and hair up):
Alterations to be done: hemming (I’m 5’0″), taking in the top a bit, and deciding if I want to get rid of the train altogether (I had originally wanted no/little train to deal with, but if I get rid of it, not sure how it will affect the resale value). I plan to do very little dancing, and the idea of fabric dragging on the ground just rubs me the wrong way. 🙂
I guess I really just want more opinions on the subject. My mom and sister (who I both trust to tell me how they feel about it) both like it better than anything else I’ve tried on so far. But there might be something else out there that’s just as good but costs less. I have a hard time spending money on something like this, and then I remind myself that a lot of dresses are much more expensive, but then I see cheaper dresses out there…
How long would you wait before going back to ask about a discontinued dress? If I do go with it, what do you think about having a train?
I appreciate any thoughts/opinions/advice on the subject. Thanks in advance!