Before you call for the sandman to sweep me off the computer screen or stand up and yell “BOOOOOOO”, just hear me out. Now I know one of the most (if not the most) important thing to a bride is her wedding dress. Some brides have traveled near and far to find “thee dress”. Some gather an entourage of their closest family and friends to assist with picking out “the one”. Some even let their fiance pick “thee dress”, but let me share my experience with you.
The day I found my wedding dress, I was in sweats, alone and at the Salvation Army. Grand total…WAIT FOR IT!!!…$55. I have to say that the customer service was by far amazing (so much better than David’s Bridal..yeah I said it!). One of the sales associates on the floor saw me looking at dresses and asked if I needed assistance. She hung the dress for me…fluffed it out….took pictures…and loved the vision that I was describing to her about my wedding and why this dress would be perfect. I honestly felt as if I was in a high-in boutique. Now everyone who really knows me knows that I didn’t want to go EXPENSIVE on a wedding dress…WHY???…because I’m BROKE” LOL!!! If I had money to blow..I am pretty sure I would have went to a private boutique where they serve mimosas to their guests while you try on dresses, but I just couldn’t see myself paying a lot of money for a dress that I couldn’t afford and would only wear once (not even all day). If you know my fiance, he’s not real big on details like I am (what guy is?!?!). I knew that if I walked down the aisle in a paper bag designed by me..he would love it. I figured he would be more impressed with the fact that I purchased my wedding dress for little of nothing and was able to design it the way I wanted for a few extra dollars. So I took this as a creative challenge for myself. I found a seamstress (who specialized in wedding dresses) and asked her if she wouldn’t mind reconstructing the dress to fit my personality, creativity and wedding theme. I told her what my vision was and she loved it! Her comment, “This is so out the box..and I am going to love making this dress!” I ended up purchasing my dress a few days later because I didn’t have the money then (I told you I was broke!!). I also wanted to bring my mom with me because she wanted to be apart of the “dress experience”. So she accompanied me when I went to pick up the dress. I showed her and she was in love as well. So if you haven’t taken anything from this blog remember these three things:
Why go borrowed?
(1) Cost effective
(2) Nobody else will have your dress
(3) An opportunity to tap into your creative side and design your own
I came across an article in Metro Detroit Bride about Recycled Wedding Gowns that I wanted to share.
“Recycling has made its way to weddings. But the attraction of the Brides Project in Ann Arbor goes beyond getting a gown at a discounted price. The recently opened boutique is sponsored by the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor-a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free programs for those with cancer. The shop offers brides-to-be a selection of new or gently used wedding dresses, including names like Vera Wang, Justina McCaffrey, and Badgley Mischaka. The dresses have been donated to the CSC either by brides after their weddings or from boutiques who contribute older inventory/floor samples, and are offered from less than half of their original price. All proceeds from the dress sales go to fund CSC programs.”The Brides Project, 208 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 734.418.3332.