My dress - seriously - for real this time.
So originally when we had planned to have a surprise wedding this May, I had gotten a dress from Davids Bridal. Mermaid, satin, ivory, with a ivory bolero with lots of pretty detail. Because we were going to get married on such short notice, I had to go with a dress in store, rather than order because nothing would have gotten here on time. The dress was pretty - but still wasn't 100% what I was looking for. Never wanted an ivory dress--I wanted white. So I was settling.
Our venue for our surprise wedding fell through, so that's when we pushed the date back to back to September 27th at the Hilton. Now a Friday evening fall wedding, the whole amibance was changing. The dress I had was just NOT going to do. So I returned the dress I had gotten from David's Bridal, got my depsit back in store credit, and began the hunt again.
I was considering getting a replica made from Miss Fish Bridal but something in my gut wouldn't let me purchase that dress yet. Something said "hold off". So I did.
One day 2 weeks ago FI and I went out to dinner and then came home to watch tv and snuggle. I was on eBay on my iPad and out of habit these days I start searching for anything wedding related I may need. I decided to browse wedding gowns. So I did my search - white, mermaid/trumpet, size 10/12. Tons, and tons of dresses. I came across one dress that was exactly what I was looking for. White, lovely detail, mermaid, and even had a jacket to match (I am very self conscious of my arms). The "buy it now" price on the dress was $900. Starting bid was $100, with no bids yet- 5 days left on the auction. Never worn. Bride was selling it because she chose to go with an ivory dress instead of white (ha!). So I watched and stalked this auction like you wouldn't believe. I refused to "buy it now" because I just knew I could get it at a lower price than the $900. Well the day of the auction end, no bids. I won the dress for $100, and $45 shipping. Man oh man was I excited. But now the true test - will this mofo fit?!? So I wait patiently for 3 days for it to come. It arrived this past Friday. I tried to get it on myself but I kept getting tangled up (don't laugh..lol). So I waited for one of my good friends/bridesmaids to come over that evening to help me try it on.
The dress is PERFECT!! Fits like a glove and absolutely no alterations needed - not even the length which surprises me because I am a shorty doo wop and at 5'3 and change, everything is too long for me. Now don't get me wrong, I could use a little more room in the hips so I am more comfortable when I sit, but I have 6 months to work on that. I just have to be sure not to gain any weight.
Below is the pic that was on eBay, and then pics of me in it!