August 6, 2013

the story of my wedding dress

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After shopping at a few boutiques to find my perfect wedding gown, I knew exactly what I wanted... fully lace & mermaid style. The next step was to find the perfect fully lace mermaid gown for me. Being that I danced my whole life and wore rhinestones galore, I thought my wedding dress would have at least a little beading or sparkle. Well we were at a boutique in Baton Rouge called Megan's Dress to the 9's, and as I was trying on some dresses, my mom and stepmom convinced me to try on a lace gown that had zero beading or sparkle on it. At first I was like "ehhh but isn't it kinda plain??" but they said we could always add to it.

So I put on the dress with the help of my amazing sister/maid of honor... we both were like wow this is REALLY pretty. I walk out of the dressing room and I saw myself in the big mirror and I was in love! My family loved the dress too, but that doesn't say much because they thought just about every dress was "THE dress" lol. 

The longer I stood there in the dress, I knew it was the one. We asked about the price... $1200. It wasn't really that expensive compared to some of the dresses I had tried on, but it was still high and I was really wishing to find a dress under $1000. My parents didn't have the deposit to put down that day, and we still had plans to go to one more boutique the next weekend, so we didn't get it.

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The actual Mori Lee gown at Megan's dress to the 9's

Since we wrote down the info on the dress, my mom googled it later on in the week to see if she could find it cheaper. And she sure did! She found it on Deanna Bridals for.... $312!! Normally I would be skeptical about ordering a discounted version of a dress, but this one said Mori Lee- the designer name- on it so I thought it HAD to actually be it. So I ordered it.

We went to the last boutique the next weekend with a lot of my family and friends just for fun. I tried on a lot of dresses that weren't my style, and they all kept confirming my love for the dress I had already ordered. We then asked the lady who had been helping us for the past 3 hours if they carried my dress. (We didn't tell her we ordered the dress already) She brought out the dress, and it was exciting to get to show everyone else the dress, and they were all in love with it also.

The lady did the whole "say yes to the dress" with me and it was all exciting until she said she was going to get someone to get me fitted... Ohhh crap what do I tell this lady?! My family was telling me to tell her that we were going to leave and come back later after lunch... I couldn't do it y'all. She came back and I told her the truth. Man, was she MAD. She said "OH you ordered it from CHINA?! Good luck with that!"

My family was soooo embarrassed that I didn't just tell her we'd come back later! But I'm just such a terrible liar! I hurt that lady's feelings that she helped me for 3 hours and I had already ordered a dress, but at the end of the day, I didn't lie and I did the right thing... I think. Haha.

A couple weeks later my dress comes in the mail all folded up in a pretty small package. The bag said something like "wedding dress from China." That's when I got nervous. 

I tried the dress on, and much to my surprise it wasn't the actual designer gown, but it was pretty dang close to it.. and for a fourth of the price, it looked amazing to me!

I absolutely love my dress and I'm so happy that I could stick to my thrifty ways and find a dress for only $400 (with shipping)! :D


This is probably the longest blog post I've ever written, but I want to always remember the story of my wedding dress, and plus I think it's a pretty cool story to share, and I feel like it could provide some advice for ordering dresses online :)

24 comments:

  1. As long as you were happy with your dress it doesn't matter what the tag says! :) That's a pretty darn good looking dress and a pretty good price! You looked gorgeous!

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    1. Wow! Love this lace wedding dress! Very beautiful.

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  2. I'm so glad things worked out! Think I fixed the no rep,y thing, can you try it out for me?
    Ginny
    Also, you look gorgeous!

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    1. Oops, wrong email profile. Can you try to reply to this one???
      Ginny

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  3. This is an amazing story. Thank heavens you liked the dress that was sent. That could have been a wedding nightmare. So glad you had a beautiful dress to all yours :)

    xo. Kailagh

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  4. Very cool story! Love the dress too! I'm so glad everything worked out well. My best friend is planning her wedding now, and she'd heard/read some horror stories about buying dresses online.

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  5. this may sound like i'm just trying to be nice, but i really love the dress you ended up with more than the one you tried on in the store! the lace looks more consistent all the way down and fits you so incredibly perfectly. i'm crazy about the gown on you and i can't wait to see all the photos.

    oooooh girl you changed your last name on blogger! i shrieked like a crazy person. so exciting!!!

    xo nicole

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  6. Its absolutely GORGEOUS! Way to stick to your thrifty ways ;)

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  7. It is a beautiful dress! And the story is pretty awesome! You really got lucky because it's hard to trust purchases done so far from home.

    xo,
    Ana Paula
    {Visit me at Mommyhood, PhD}

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  8. This is such a great story of really just sticking to your true self and knowing what you want. Good for you, girl! It's a gorgeous gown and you look stunnnnnnning!

    -Chelsea
    chelsandthecity.blogspot.com

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  10. I was getting really REALLY nervous, but I'm glad it all worked out with the dress in the end. I think it looks simply flawless. Poor saleswoman though-- but it really wasn't an easy way to let her down.

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  11. I also bought my wedding dress from china.. it was under $200! I loved it and you would have never known what I spent on it.

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  12. So happy it was right and it fit! It's gorgeous and made for you!

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  13. It is a beautiful dress! So awesome that you could get such a great price. But sometimes a little white lie is kinder to another person even if telling the truth is better for you.

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  14. Beautiful dress and great story!

    I knew the dress that I wanted after trying on Dresses at David's Bridal, but the dress was a discontinued style and there were only about 4 left in stores across the US and none in my size! After trying on tons of dresses and not finding anything close, I checked eBay and there it was...in my size. The same dress.

    After alterations my dress was still under $250 and it was EXACTLY what I wanted (white strapless gown, with beading and a small amount of red embroidery on the bodice). Everyone LOVEDDDDDD it and no one would have guessed it was so cheap. :)

    When things are meant to be...

    Amy
    Mariposa Medley Jewelry
    www.mariposamedley.etsy.com

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  15. Very inspirational post :) I have always considered ordering a dress online.

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  16. Beautiful. I actually think the dress you got was prettier, and the story behind it is awesomely cool!

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  17. Beautiful wedding dress, and you can't beat that price! I ended up getting mine on super clearance, but I don't think I would have been brave enough to order it online. Awesome!

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  18. Wow it looks like the exact same dress from the pictures!! Absolutely stunning! :) love the long train! :) I danced for 13 years and I do love sparkle, so I wonder what I will end up with when the day comes? Haha :)

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  19. Wow, what a great price for your wedding dress! I can't believe how much some of them cost!

    Lauren
    Exploring My Style

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  20. I love this fully lace & mermaid style. Your wedding dress must be perfect, suit you, comfy for wearing and fit then you can enjoy your day fully. Cheers for your wedding.
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  21. Short cocktail dresses are so pretty and shiny. A dreamy dress to wear in a party or at the club.

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  22. I enjoyed staying by this post and reading about different wedding dress stories. I am planning to sell wedding dress because I feel it worth that any other bride can wear it on her big day.

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