Saying Yes to the Dress

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I found my dress on the first day of shopping and am in love!

I was not a bride who knew exactly what kind of dress I wanted, but instead I knew what I did not want. Princess gowns, lace, and tulle were out. I am very petite and did not want to be swimming in fabric. I wanted a mix between a mermaid dress and a full skirt that started at a natural waste, which after a long day of dress shopping I found the perfect mix a fit-n-flare.

My first stop was Wedding Belles. I tried on about 8 dresses but there was one I couldn’t stop looking at myself in and it took my breath away. However, it was at the top of my budget, so with accessories and alterations I would have gone over. Its like the picture below minus the one shoulder strap and sash. Besides the price, it was perfect! But I knew I had 2 other appointments so we moved on.

Next stop, Weddings 826. I only liked 1 dress and it definitely competed with the first one. I loved the top of the 2nd dress but the skirt of the first dress. The top was like the one in the picture below; it had a dramatic sweetheart cut. I wanted to put the two dress together to make my perfect dress, but I couldn’t. So I took pictures and moved on to White Chicago.

At this point, it was 5pm and we were all a bit tired. After pulling the gowns off the rack, I was convinced my dress wasn’t there. I tried on five dress and the very last one was it. It was the perfect fitted top that was tight all the to my hips, but then had a full skirt with a long train. There are buttons all the way down the back and on the skirt. And…it was WAY under my budget. I know have a lot more money to work with to buy great shoes, jewelry and a veil. The best picture I could fine without posting me in the dress is the one below. I am SO excited and can’t wait to wear it!

Is it December 16th yet??

Sell Your Dress

I have a confession to make.  I live in a one bedroom 750 square foot condo with my husband.  Space is tight.  Yet I cannot call up Davis Imperial to take my gown.  Correction.  I have called twice but have cancelled both times.  While I don’t wear my dress around the house, I do look at it almost every day.

If you aren’t like me and realize that you can live without seeing your gown, there are a few options to sell your dress.  My top favorite picks are White Chicago, Wedding Belles, and PreOwned Wedding Dresses.

PreOwned Wedding is a website that allows you to post your dress for $25 for up to 12 months.  The benefit is that it is very cheap.  The disadvantage is that you have to field all of the inquiries as well as the paymentand shipping of your dress.

White Chicago is a boutique that carries samples as well as worn gowns.  The owners are very selective about the dresses they accept.  They take a percentage of the dress selling price.  They offer the easiest way to sell your gown. 

Wedding Belles is a traditional consignment shop.  However, they also carry sample wedding gowns like White Chicago.  If you are interested in selling your gown, call them to set up an appointment.