Post # 1
Last week I went dress shopping and I had a mixed experience. My wedding had to be postponed because our online businesses are going really well and we can’t go to Vegas until the wedding season is over since one of our businesses is in the wedding industry.
Anyways, after learning that I had to wait another 9 or so months to get married (after a already long engagement), I put wedding dress shopping on the back burner.
Now I finally “woke up” and realized that I have to buy my dress within the next few weeks to get it on time.
This makes me really nervous. I am supposed to pay the whole dress up front (because I am apparently a split size??) and then I won’t see it again until a month or so before my wedding and then they still have to do another $800 alterations even though I am already paying $400 for a split size.
I am a bridal size 6-8 in the hips and waist and a size 10-12 in the chest. The dress I tried on and liked a lot is $4800, does anyone else think that with this price, they should actually make the dress to the sepcific measurements of the bride?
I am feeling ripped off here but I don’t have the time to think about it more or to look around much more.
How did you all feel about this part of the wedding dress shopping experience and how long in advance did you purchase your dresses. Once you purchased it, how long did it take to arrive?
Sorry for the rant, I just honestly can’t believe that I am supposed to pay so much money for a dress and then pay for alterations which can be the cost of another dress when I am completely normal figured…
Should I risk it and not order a dress and hope to find one off the rack in the next few months?
Thoughts appreciated =)
Post # 3
@lolabella: where are you buying your dress from? a local shop? only reason i ask is because i’m a”split size” (never heard that before), a 22 on top and a 12 on bottom but I did not have to pay any extra for it. I’ll have to pay for alterations but not a split size fee. I bought from a local shop.
I went and bought my dress Jan. 2 of this year and was told I would see it again in May. It’s now the end of March and I am still patiently waiting. I know my beauty will be in by May. But I would look into this split size fee. Sounds fishy too me. Especially since you are already spending so much on the dress itself and then alterations are additional as well
Post # 4
You should go to a dress shop ASAP and try to see what you can find off the rack. If you don’t find what you want, bite the bullet and move forward with ordering the other.
When it comes to weddings, no one seems to apologize for inflating prices and hidden fees wherever they can get away with it.
I think you’ll feel better when you have it in your possession and are seeing to the alterations.
Post # 5
Honestly, it really sounds like the store you’re ordering your dress from are inflating a lot of costs since you’re being double-charged for the alterations necessary. And frankly, for 5K I would expect a M2M dress.
Are there other bridal stores you can try? I ended up getting mine at a new store in my area that specializes in European designers, but ones that are less well-known and trying to get a foot-hold in the NA bridal market (and so they priced aggressively to sell). My dress is just as pretty as some of the 5K+ ones I tried on (nicer, actually) than all of the dresses I tried on in ritzier/name-brand stores. Maybe there’s a bridal shop in your area like that? Then you could save some money on the dress and put it towards alterations, if necessary.
Post # 6
I measured in one size for my waist and hips and a smaller size for my bust. They just ordered the larger size and we’ll deal with making the bust fit during alterations. I have no idea what that split size fee thing is but it sounds fishy to me
Post # 7
Wedding dress shopping is lame and it sucks. I am missing out on bridal portraits because they apparently ordered my dress with the wedding date in mind, NOT the date I specifically requested to have it in AND alterations done by. imo everything having to do with the goddamn dresses is the worst part of the wedding planning. AND mine came in somewhat wrong since they didn’t make changes they said they would make, but I wasn’t charged for them so I can’t really complain other than that it is fucking annoying and the alterations cost more than having the manufacturer do it.