I don’t think I’ve mentioned it yet, but we got married! Yay! I have some follow-up info from previous posts now that the big day has come and gone.
Some of you asked to see the dress before. I said no, because occasionally the
fiance HUSBAND! peeks at the blog, and I wanted no chance of him seeing it before the big day. I had a little bit of a conflict; I don’t post pictures of myself, I forgot to take a picture of the dress by itself, and I didn’t want to infringe on copyright for photographs taken of the dress professionally. But then I found someone else who posted a picture online. You can view it here.
I bought at David’s Bridal. I was happy with the shopping experience. I was trying on dresses that seemed to just be way too much for the quality. I turned to my consultant and said, “You know, I have no problem buying off the clearance rack.” BOOM. She brought in a dress that was exactly what I was asking for only higher quality. Originally $1,050. With the sale the store had going on, a coupon I had for booking my appointment on-line, and just general discounting from my consultant, the dress itself was $200. I was on cloud nine.
The alterations…that’s a completely different story. The quote I got for alterations was $500. More than twice the price of the dress. I went home and examined my options. To move the hem up would be $150. I decided that if someone said they would pay me $150 to hold my dress up all night, I’d take it. So I didn’t move the hem. Besides, don’t most people take their shoes off at some point in the night anyways?
I cut a few other things out, too, and I’m glad I did. I was really disappointed by the quality of the work. The customer service was phenomenal. But after paying $300 for alterations, I expected a higher quality for the few things I did get done.
Also, another wardrobe cost I didn’t even consider until I bought one severely overpriced: corsets. I shopped everywhere for them except the internet. And the bridal store was the only place that sold them. And they had two options. Which were okay, but not exactly what I wanted. The one I picked got the job done, but I remember in the early 2000s you could buy a corset at any one of a number of mall clothing stores. Were we just hoochies back then?
So if I could go back I would find a corset that fixed my frame the way I wanted first and then take it in with me when I tried on dresses. (I’ve since found Corset Deals, which is a resource I wish I had before my wedding.)
But as far as the dress itself, I was absolutely 100% thrilled.
I wrote about buying the husband’s ring with some trepidation before. I ordered it online and hoped he would like it. And that it would fit.
It fits. And he loves it.
Funny story: I left the ring at home. My sibling had to go back to my house, tear apart part of my house to find the hiding place (which I will never use again because it was pretty obvious where it was once the husband and I got home,) and then drive back to the venue. It’s one of those things that wasn’t really funny at all when it was happening. Siblingly love. (And thank goodness we didn’t have a destination wedding.)