First, a little business to take care of. Excuse me a minute – this message is just for my fiance.
OK, I think we’re alone now. I have something to say that may make all of you throw your hands up in frustration. I think I’m changing my mind about my wedding gown. I know, I know. You don’t have to say it, I know. I’m annoying myself. It’s awful.
If you’re new here, you can read about all my dress shenanigans here and here and here, and well…in many other posts as well. If you read my interview with Silver Charm Events, I spoke with Liz about my plan to get a dress custom made from a replica shop in China.
I am getting cold feet. (About the DRESS, not about Bob the Builder. Also, B the B, if you are reading this, I swear to God, GO AWAY!)
Here’s the short version. Well, as short as I can make it.
Two weekends ago, I went back to the LA bridal salon where I fell in love with the (way over budget) Jenny Packham May Blossom gown. I went and did some spy work, to get more information to give to Jasmine’s about the construction of the dress. Jasmine’s doesn’t have a pattern for the gown, they will construct it only from the photos I provide. I have amassed a LOT of photos of this bad boy. They say they can get 90-95% accuracy with this method. Anyway, two good friends (one who is also a costume designer) came with, and when we left she shop, they said, “Well, that’s not going to be easy to replicate.” Which I already knew. I did. But having someone say it to me gave me a moments pause.
A few days ago, I was stalking the Jasmine’s thread of Weddingbee, like you do – (well, like you do when you’re me) – and I noticed that some of the gowns that brides were receiving lately had some errors. Sizing, mostly. But, it made me think.
We have about seven months until the wedding.
If I order my dress from Jasmine’s, I won’t have it in my hands until late July/early August. If it’s not right, I only have two months to find a replacement dress. Do I really want to spend five months colloborating on a dress, worrying that it might not be perfect? I know myself well enough to know that honestly, imperfections drive me crazy. Is that really a gamble I want to take?
So, like any insane, Type A bride-to-be, I searched for a back-up dress. Actually, if I’m being honest, I already had one in mind, but this past weekend, I went to see it in person. And I love it.
It’s a Melissa Sweet ballgown, and I have been in love with her designs since she was with Priscilla of Boston. Long time readers will know the depth of my frustration with P of B. If you care to fall down the rabbit hole, read here and here.
Anyway, now I am in a pickle. I don’t think I want a back up dress. I think I only want to order ONE dress. So, do I order a replica of a dress that I love, and hope I am not disappointed that it’s not exactly like the original? Or do I go with the sure thing that already exists in the world?
I am breaking my own rule and posting photos of me in dresses.
(Bob the Builder, you better not still be reading…seriously.)
I’m putting it to a VOTE. Yup. My brain is scrambled. Tell me what you think.
For the purposes of the poll, please note: Price is not a factor, they are virtually the same price. Also, I was 20 lbs. heavier in the first pic. So, keep that in mind. Also, sorry for the scary faceless photos.
Oh, and you may have to wait until after the wedding to see what I chose. Because deep down, I’m evil like that. Sorry.