- 7 years ago
- Wedding: January 2012
Ok, so this is my dress story.
I tried on this dress, the Mancini – Nina on Day 1 of my dress shopping journey. I liked it, but my budget was $2000, and this was a little over $2000, plus with alterations was going to blow my budget.
Then I went on to try several others over the following few weeks, and liked plenty of other dresses too. Examples:
I ended up rejecting every dress on my list for different reasons (too plain, the flowers on the shoulder would overpower me, etc), till only the Mancini was left on my list. I quite liked it, but didn’t feel blown away by it. My Maid/Matron of Honor (who is married) said she didn’t have a lightning bolt moment with her dress on day 1, but realised it was right through a process of elimination.
I went dress shopping one more time, and this time, I completely fell in love with a Casablanca dress. When I tried it on with a veil, I looked at myself in the mirror and actually said “aww” out loud. It was $1600 so was more budget friendly than the Mancini.
I felt ready to decide but raced back to try on the Mancini just to be sure. I tried it on and just didn’t feel as excited about it as I did about the Casablanca. My decision seemed pretty easy but I went home to think it over anyway.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find pictures of my dream dress on the Casablanca website, and after having tried on a million wedding dresses, they all blended into one and I couldn’t quite remember what exactly my dream dress looked like. It sort of looks like this, and had the spaghetti straps, but I would take them off. What I liked most about it was how super fitted it was, and how the girls were showcased perfectly.
A few days later I decided to try them both on again. I went to the Casablanca stockist first, and unfortunately they had closed early that day. I headed over to the Mancini stockist. When I got there I found out that they had a sale on, and if I was happy to take the floor stock one, my dress was now half price!
Despite having a niggling feeling that this dress wasn’t quite right for me, I got carried away by the sale, and bought it on the spot. Did I mention I was alone? Or that it’s non-refundable?
This was 3 months ago.
Sometimes I feel happy about my dress, and sometimes I feel very very doubtful. I’d love to go try on the Casablanca again, but I’m worried it’ll break my heart, and that it might be too late to order it now anyway.
I need to get the Mancini altered down a few sizes, and want to get the neckline changed to a wave (not a sweetheart), and I’m hoping I’ll love my dress a lot more after that. Except that if I don’t, it’ll be way too late anyway.
Or should I just go back and try to get the Casablanca???
Edit: I should mention, I’m getting married in a little chapel in a winery.