Friday, March 1, 2013

How I Said Yes (to The Dress)

Oh you guys.  I really need to figure out how to blog on a regular basis.  Any tips are much appreciated.

So, this actually happened over a month ago.... but I've been trying to figure out how to get it out.

So, on my first and really only dress shopping extravaganza, I had the best experience.  As far as Indianapolis dress shopping goes, there's really only one place that I consistently hear good things about:  Nancy's Bridal Boutique.

We made an appointment in December on a Tuesday (I think) and we grabbed a few dresses off the rack.  The consultant let us pick our favorites and within a couple of dresses, I came into a style that really flattered me.  There were a couple options that worked, but they all had one thing in common - they were very fitted through the waist and torso.  Probably my best feature.

I left the appointment with 5 good options and my mind was swirling.  A couple were out of my guesstimated price range, a couple were quite under, and I was just confused.

I actually sent pictures to all of my college friends (who were trying to distract a very pregnant friend at the time) and asked them to weigh in.  Of course, the answers were all across the board and I think they probably reflected their own personal tastes a bit.

It was so fun to hear their opinions from across the country, though.

So, I decided to weigh my options till January, survive the Christmas craziness at work, and try on some other dresses in January.

Cut to the next Saturday, I met my BFF (and MOH) at a wedding and, because of work, I was late.

As I sat in the back of the church (the same one where I'm being married), I can't stop looking at the bride.  And THEN it hits me: she's wearing my dress. 

Of all the wedding dresses in the world.... she's wearing MY dress. 

At the reception, we asked the mother of the bride about the dress - and sure enough, it was my dress.

Fast forward a week or so.  I get bunch of crazy-long texts from my MOH/BFF.  They are actually copied from the mother of the bride.

The bride and her mom had I guess discussed the dress, and they had made up their minds that I should wear her dress for my wedding.

I didn't really know how to respond.  On one hand, YAY!  A dress, completely out of the blue.  For me!  And on the other hand - borrowing a dress from someone I don't know very well, and not just any dress but a WEDDING dress. 

I had a lot of conflicting emotions, the least of which was would I even fit into the dang thing!?

About a month and a week after the wedding in December, my BFF delivered the dress to my doorstep.  After a huge dinner at the Olive Garden (great plan!), I tried on the dress.  And it definitely fit.

So, despite everything I would recommend and anything I would suggest: I'm borrowing my wedding dress. 

I need to take it soon for a couple tiny alterations - and I have to figure out how to cover my shoulders in the church.  Which is a whole nother headache that I've been ignoring for a while now.

So.  I said yes to the dress.  And I literally can't believe it. 

12 Classy Comments:

mangovino said...

Holy crap - what a crazy story!!! I'm so happy that you get to borrow it - you get the dress you wanted and save a ton of money!!!!! Perfect! I'm in the throes of dress shopping currently so I'm incredibly jealous that you found it so easily/quickly. I have several appts this weekend so hopefully I'll be saying yes soon too.

Crystal @EatDrinkClev

Kimberly said...

I love stories like this! That dress was meant to be!

I didn't want anything to do with the whole wedding dress trying on thing. I ordered one online and it fits perfectly - - that is my meant to be dress!

Lauren said...

Ok that is crazy - but i say GO FOR IT. The dress to some people is the main focus of the day, but for me, it was just another accessory honestly. The money you would've spent on the dress could add an extra day or two to the honeymoon, or you could fly first class there, spend your wedding night in a swanky boutique .... :)

La Saloperie said...

Who cares about all that other stuff?! That saves you a ridiculous amount of money! Congrats!

Ashley said...


you should ask the bride how she covered her shoulders...same church right?! might give you ideas at least.

Meg @ write meg! said...

I think it was destiny -- and you're meant to have that dress! Honestly, most of the time these things wind up in boxes or bags never to be examined again . . . and financially, you're really lucking out. As someone who is going to choose a dress (and write a big check . . . gah) tonight, I am envious! You're going to rock it! :)

Cheerful Homemaker said...

So how did this bride cover her shoulders? You said she got married at the church where your wedding will be.

Day Old News said...

Wow that is such a crazy story! What a blessing though! Now you can just focus on the footwear ;)

Erin O. said...

That is such a neat story. I honestly can't stomach paying a lot for a dress only to be worn once! I'm still thinking you just should wear a pashmina to cover your shoulders during mass and shed that baby the second mass is over!

Casey (@ Ever-Changing Life) said...

That's perfect! It's meant to be!

Wearing Mascara said...

As cliche as this sounds, it seems like it was meant to be! Congrats girl! I can't wait to see pictures.

Mrs. Perez said...

Yay! I borrowed my aunt's wedding dress. Best decision ever. Congrats!!

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