As a woman, the most important purchase for my wedding was my gown. Originally, I had entered a wonderful contest where many friends and family members voted for me to win the gown of my dreams....well...as life would have it, the gown was not all it was cracked up to be. For starters, it was second hand, which i was not aware of until we at the venue to pick up the dress and no alterations or fittings were included. But, for a small cost i could get it altered myself so i was not too worried until a few months ago when i tried on the dress again to find it was too tight and there was not enough material to have it altered accordingly. I was devastated! At that time, i have only a few months before my wedding to find a new dress.
Now for those of you new brides or brides to be you know how difficult it can be for a curvy girl to find a budget friendly dress that fits! I checked online only to find most placed needs months in advance to buy a dress and have it made to order....I didn't have that kind of time or an unlimited budget!
In my search i found a local bridal shop who didn't require a consult appointment months in advance and they had dresses in my size and in stock! I was a bit nervous because i had no idea what kind of dresses they had in stock for purchase and whether they could do alterations in time etc. This unassuming little shop is in the middle of a tiny little mall. http://www.chrisandtinas.ca/
I was greeted by the most attentive and friendly sales woman and i once i explained the situation she promised me we would find "the" dress and have it ready for me in time. Needless to say i tried on only 3 dresses in order to find the most wonderful dress and it was in stock and in my size and price range!!! AND...alterations could be done before my big day!! Hallelujah! It's almost like i was meant to find this place and this dress!
So what's all this about? As a curvy woman does have options...sometimes you have to search for the right dress but more and more bridal shops are catering to our curves and differentiating budgets. DON'T SETTLE!!!
Online is a great lace to research but PLEASE be careful where you buy from. Do the research and make sure they provide alterations either included in the price or spell out the price for you. Communication is key!
Here are some online resources if you are looking for gowns that fit your voluptuous shape.
PSSTTT.....and i know we are all looking for a deal..but ordering a dress from some place in china may not be the best idea!!! (just sayin') ;)
I am still looking for ideas to write about. If you have something to share or an idea that I and the rest of us curvy ladies out there need to know about, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time....
heather mcalendin 2012