- 4 years ago
- Wedding: October 2014
Hi bees! I tried on my dream dress, and I’m in love with it. It’s a little more expensive than I’d like, but after discussion we think it’s doable. Now I’m wondering where to order.
The place that I went for trying on was about 45 minutes away. We have limited options for wedding boutiques, and I heard some amazing things about this place. The people there were patient, sweet, and incredibly helpful. One of my bridesmaids and my mom also tried on dresses and found stuff they liked. They’re having a big sale at the end of the month just on the dresses in store, but they offered me a free veil if I come in and order mine that week. My bridesmaids get 15% off if they also get their dresses there. I feel SO good about working with them.
There’s a place really close to me that has the WORST reputation. Obviously, this is hearsay, but there are stories about someone’s dress being worn in a bridal expo before their wedding, brand new dresses being dirty when they’re picked up, bridesmaids accounts charged before they were supposed to be, dresses being late, etc. Firsthand I’ve seen that the women that work there are snobby and not helpful. I realize that no business is perfect and there are always unforeseen things that can’t be helped, but there seem to be a disproportionate amount of problems.
However, FMIL has been friends with the owner of the business for a long time. She’s heard the bad stuff too, but she called her friend and got me a deal for 20% off the dress and 50% off the veil. I actually hadn’t planned on getting a veil because we’re trying to save money wherever we can, and that would help offset the cost of the dress. Getting an offer for a free one was pretty cool because I could still have one and not have to spend anything. The 20% off works out to about $300, and then I probably just wouldn’t get a veil (which isn’t the end of the world, I wouldn’t even be wearing it for long). The $300 savings is really helpful, and makes me feel less guilty about the cost of the dress. However, I’m worried about subjecting all of my bridesmaids to the store (they’ll be fine with whatever, I just want to make sure they don’t have any problems). I’m somewhat concerned about my dress, but I think the owner would at least give me special attention and make sure everything was good for me. FSIL said the employee she worked with was really good and her experience was great.
I’m less worried about my dress and more worried about my girls. I’m not sure they’d get a discount, and I’m not sure their orders would be handled well. At some point I just have to let it go and deal with whatever happens, but I’d like to have all of my options considered first.
(Also there’s the danger of making FMIL upset but I think she’s just trying to be helpful and would be fine with whatever I choose to do.)
What would you do?
ETA: The 45 minute drive is not an issue at all. I just put that in the poll to help differentiate 🙂