I’ve been wanting to blog forever about what happened with my wedding dress, and I just haven’t gotten around to it! The reason I want to is because it’s such a great story of things working out awesomely, and I feel like I need to celebrate every time that happens because it happens all too rarely. At least, it feels like it does, but maybe it’s perspective.
Anyway, I had two options for looking at dresses. I could go to a local boutique called the Rosetree, which doesn’t have a great reputation but was extremely convenient for several reasons. Or I could go about 45 minutes away to another boutique called Nandel’s, which wasn’t as convenient. I couldn’t find many reviews for them, but I did find some good ones. Additionally, not as many people I talked to had even heard of them. I took the plunge and went to Nandel’s with Mom and Leanna.
My experience was wonderful. The bridal part of the store is upstairs, and there was only one worker when I got there, so she had to check downstairs a couple times, but she was very attentive. When a second worker got there, she was just as nice and helpful. I tried on probably 8 or 9 dresses in several different styles. They had a lot to choose from, and they even had the dream dress that I had drooled over online. My dream dress was in a size 18, which was way too big, but I got the general idea and I was glad to see that they had beautiful dresses in all ranges of sizes. I saved that dress for last, and just as I suspected, it was absolutely the one.
They gave me all of the information regarding the ordering process. Although I wasn’t ordering that day, they didn’t treat me any differently than if I had rolled in there with stacks of cash ready to spend. They were respectful to Mom and Leanna, who also tried on some dress options. The patience of the workers was great. I also appreciated how they didn’t flatter us. If they liked something, they said so, but they didn’t gush on and on just to try to get us to buy something. They gave good suggestions and told us what was appropriate if we were unsure of any etiquette or traditions.
I did a consultation at the Rosetree just to see what their processes were like. The worker I had the appointment with was nice to me, but rude to a co-worker in front of me. That didn’t really sit well. After some more thought, I went with Nandel’s. I really felt like the money would be better spent at a place that gave me such great service. When I ordered the weekend after Thanksgiving, they said it would be in around March or April, but they would call the designer that Monday and then let me know the ship date. I was measured, and the woman that took the order mulled over the chart for a minute. She said that I was in between sizes, so she actually went upstairs and got a dress that was the same designer and style and had me put it on to see which size to order. She didn’t have to go to that trouble, but she did. I’ve heard of stores ordering two sizes bigger just to get alterations done, but she didn’t do that and ended up ordering the smaller size.
Monday, they called, and said that the designer had one ready to go, in the size we ordered and in the right color, and that I’d get it before Christmas. I didn’t realize it, but the one I picked was actually a priority gown that they try to keep in stock. What I appreciated was that they said I didn’t have to start payments on the balance right away since we hadn’t anticipated that it would be in so quickly. I was really sick, so I just made the appointment for last Friday to go in and try it on. Additionally, that was a great time for 3 of my bridesmaids and Mom to go with me, so it all worked out.
When we went to my appointment, they were so happy to pull my dress out and let me show it off. The back laces up, and she actually laced it all the way closed and thought I might have lost some weight. It will need altered a little more than I’d hoped, but then again I hope to lose more weight between now and then so we’ll see what happens. At least it won’t need altered down several sizes! On that visit, they were also happy to discuss dresses with my other bridesmaids and talk to Mom about her dress again.
Not only were they great and patient and happy to have us there, the dress came in months early. Then, additional awesomeness that was unexpected: some people in my life were incredibly generous and gave me money to put toward the dress. The amount that I had written into the budget was reduced by more than half. The dress was going to be my guilty wedding splurge, and then suddenly, it wasn’t at all!
Recently, a bride posted on her blog about a horrible situation she endured at the Rosetree. I feel so sorry for her, and I’m so glad I ended up going with what I felt like God was leading me to do – go to Nandel’s. I can confirm that my dress was brand new, and clean, and shiny, and in the proper bag from the designer. It was definitely not cut down from the size 18 that I tried on!
Things have been really working out for me regarding wedding planning, and I am so appreciative of that fact. Every time I freak out about something, God reminds me to be still and that He has control of it. And then almost immediately, the wrinkles are ironed out. I’ve honestly never seen God work so quickly in my life, and I really really really like it. I wish some of that would transfer over to getting a job like, NOW, but maybe He sees that wedding stress would put me over the edge. For whatever reason, He is just making this go along shipshape.
Next up: blogging about the photographer. That one will really knock you for a loop!