Post # 1
My mom is a theatre director. A local high end bridal shop donated eight beautiful dresses to her for a tax write off last year and told my mom she could do whatever she wanted with the dresses. My cousin was going to wear the dress that my mom thought was “the best” of the lot for her wedding last summer but decided to get a “new” dress. I’m seriously considering wearing it for my August 2010 wedding. I just got engaged and haven’t gone shopping but my dad and brother think I should go for it. It is a $2K dress (way over my budget) that I get “for free” and it really only needs minor alterations. The dress is beautiful, a Watters style 5025B, aline, ivory silk with an intricately beaded banded hem and waist with scattered pearls all over the dress. Here is the link, since my camera battery died (will take pictures later): http://watters.com/product.php?coll=watters&showid=270
My future mother-in-law has a beautiful Belgian cathedral length veil that would compliment it well. Would you wear the free dress or get “your own”? The pictures on the Watters site don’t do it justice. It is flattering on me, but not “wow”. I swore I wouldn’t have a strapless aline, but it is flattering on my petite frame. However, I could really use the money on other things, like a fabulous band.
What would you do?
Post # 3
its up to you….if you feel its good enough for your wedding then go for it…its very pretty tho
Post # 4
Oh if you can rock it you should wear it! I love the dots and it really is so sweet and romantic. The bottom is awesome too. What a great story you would have to tell too!
Post # 5
If you like it, go for it! I think it has less to do with the “free” aspect of it, than the “do you LOVE it” aspect.
Post # 6
I totally would, if it looked good on me.
Post # 7
It’s a very pretty dress, and you’re right the savings would really come in handy for other things. But, you should go and try on other dresses so that you don’t feel cheated from the experience and you never know you may find something much less within your budget that you absolutely love.
Post # 8
um, I’m so incredibly jealous I could cry.
ok, maybe not cry, but seriously!? that’s awesome for you!
Post # 9
oh wow I think it’s stunning!! but if you don’t love it, you don’t love it, you know? i think you should love the dress that you wear and not look back and think that you should have something else or you should have spent the money. take your time and look around and try on different dresses. you may keep coming back to this one, you know…
Post # 10
i would if it was something that looked good and fit the wedding theme!
Post # 11
you know, the fact that its free shouldnt be looked at as a negative at all…Thats a HUGE bonus! You say its not THAT flattering on you, but keep in mind its not yet been altered to you, and even the smallest of alterations will make a huge difference. I’d try on some other dresses first just to be positive, but I think that dress is very elegant and beautiful. Paired with a cathedral veil? Wow. Gorgeous
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2010 - Philippe Park
It’s awesome that it was free! If it were me I’d resell it @ a lower price and buy a different dress, cause that one isn’t my style. But, if you love it and it’s a style you like, I don’t see why you shouldn’t wear it!
Post # 13
It is a very beautiful dress. That said, if you don’t love it, then don’t wear it. You need to be happy and comfortable on your wedding day.
Post # 14
It’s a wonderful dress and you’re so lucky to be offered a free dress! Why don’t you meet with someone who does alterations to see if they could do anything to make it the type of dress you want? Even if it cost a couple hundred dollars it would still be worth it.
I agree that you should go shopping so you can get the experience of being a bride and so you can try on some of the dresses that you thought you’d like. Sometimes what you thought you’d like isn’t what looks best on you.
If you find one you love then I’d go with Rainbow’s route and sell the Watters one to help pay for a new one.
Post # 15
You’ve got a win-win situation! (1) Sell the dress to help pay for another OR (2) Wear that dress and use your money on something that you’ll wear everyday – like that band that you want! It’s up to you though. Sit on it; you don’t have to fight off other brides-to-be like at sample sales! 😛
Post # 16
i really like its simplicity..i think it’s beautiful..if i had the choice i’d take it in a heartbeat! but the choice is yours…whatever you decide, i’m sure you’ll be happy in the end..but that dress is sooooo gorgeous!