A couple of months ago, on the spur of the moment, I went over to David’s Bridal with my friend (and maid of honor), Nanubia, to try on wedding dresses. I tried one that I liked, it was marked down considerably, I had a coupon, and was able to score a $1,050 dress for $574. I couldn’t resist the deal and ponied up the credit card.
Though there were no tears or a “this is the one!” feeling, I knew I wouldn’t find anything else that I liked for this price.
I really wanted a lace dress, but left the store having just paid for a brocade dress. The dress? Beautiful. I was giddy with excitement (I love a good deal!).
Fast forward to about a month later, and I started having doubts. By now, I was no longer an engaged “newbie” and had read my share of wedding blogs, forums, magazines (I’m telling you, I’m obsessed!). Not getting the lace dress I wanted started to bug me. The more I thought about it, the more I thought I made a bad decision…
Last Thursday I picked up my dress, and was hoping it would end any doubts I had. Not so much. It seems that I lost some weight from my boobs/stomach since first trying it on, and now the dress is falling off. I knew it had to be altered (it was already loose at the waist when I first bought it), but when you can’t keep it up, it’s so hard to know how it would really look like after proper adjustment. It was also heavy, and I started sweating in my AC’d apartment. I’m getting married during the summer, in Rio. Sweat stains on my dress will not look pretty…
I’m having dreams about the freaking dress for god’s sake!
So yesterday I decided “eff it!” and made an appointment at a local bridal shop to try on the dress I’ve been eying. Deep down, I want it to look horrible, so I don’t spend any more money, and just stick with what I have. But I have a feeling it’ll look perfect.
I can get the dress online for a little over $900. Ouch. And it’ll likely need alterations (based on the measurements, my waist is too sizes smaller than my hips. Fun, fun.).
I got into this wedding dress shopping thing thinking “why spend money on a dress you’ll only wear it once?” to thinking “I’ll only wear a wedding dress ONCE in my life (knock on wood!). I’ll never get a chance to wear it again! It better be one that is just perfect!”
Karl said that if $900 is what it takes to give me piece of mind for the next 7 months, it’s worth it. He might be right.