The Great Moxie Dress Search Ep.2 – LA Story

When we last left off on the Great Moxie Dress Search, I was loving the fact that my beloved Reem Acra was available at a slightly more reasonable price point. I did go to see it in person, but we’ll get to that later.

Once I planned my venue scouting trip to Philadelphia, I figured I should do a little NYC dress shopping. I mean, yes…it’s early in the process to buy a dress. Sort of. But, I was going to be at MoxieDad’s in CT, and that’s only a short train ride to my beloved New York City. Plus, then MoxieMom and The Professor (Bridesmaid S) could come along. So, I made an appointment at Kleinfelds. But we’ll get to that later.

I started to worry that I would fall in love with a Kleinfeld dress just because it was a Kleinfelds dress. I was afraid that I would be swept up in the moment. I clearly watch too much Say Yes to the Dress.

So, I made some appointments in Los Angeles. I figured the more information I had about what I liked and what looked good, the more prepared I’d be for the epicness that is Kleinfeld.

I had my eye on a specific Watters dress, the Napa, that I could not find in any real life salon in Los Angeles. I called all of them. No one had this dress.

Watters Napa with bolero

But, Panache Beverly Hills assured me they had many other Watters styles, and that I should come in and take a look.

On a sweaty Saturday afternoon, MOH CraftyPants and Bridesmaid LuLuB and I went into Beverly Hills. I came armed with my list of preferred Watters dresses, complete with style numbers, style names and dress descriptions. I handed the list to my consultant, and to my surprise, she had none of them. That’s right. NONE.

But since we were already there, I browsed around and picked out a few dresses. In a sea of poufy princess gowns, one gown spoke to me from the racks. As I looked at it more closely, my consultant said, “That’s a little over your budget.” Echos of past episodes of “Say Yes to the Dress” swirled around my brain. I knew what to do. I’ve seen this scenario a million times! I was ready. I was prepared. “I’ll try it on anyway.”, I said. Bridal FAIL, you guys. FAIL.


But, it was the only dress I actually liked. In the whole store.

This is not a small store.


I’m not going to show you photos of me in any of the dresses, because Bob the Builder reads this lil ole blog, and I don’t think he will be able to not look.

But I will post the model pic.

Because I do not look like a model. Especially this model, who needs someone to tell her a joke and bring her a sandwich.

She is Jenny Packham‘s May Blossom, and she is $1,560 over budget. Yeah, so…yeah.

Dear Model, Please look happier. You’re getting married!! In a very expensive gown!!

Isn’t this dress dreamy? You can’t tell from this awful photo, but the skirt is made of the softest ivory silk chiffon, and the bodice is a matte satin with a chiffon overlay. It’s ruched and folded in an upside down triangle, so your eye goes right to the beaded detail at the waist. It’s very Art Deco, it’s very gorgeous, and I totally know why it costs what it does. The pickups in the chiffon are so delicate, and as far as I can tell, they are tied (?) and then handstitched. The whole thing is just so delicate and feminine and romantic. Le sigh…

My consultant offered me an appointment during the Jenny Packham trunk show, which would only make the dress $1085 over budget. But that’s before alterations, shoes, veil, accessories. It’s a slippery slope.

Better to just walk away…


What are today’s lessons?

1. Don’t try on dresses that are over your budget.

2. Don’t believe a salon when they tell you they have a specific dress. They are probably just trying to get you into said salon.

Licking my wounds, we went to get salads for lunch. I still had another dress appointment later in the day. Check back in for my experience at Lovely – both in Los Angeles and New York!

(MoxieBrides are bi-coastal!)

So, tell me…what would you have done? Suck it up and gone over budget? Start a kickstarter campaign for the gorgeous dress? Or would your practical side take over, like it did to me?

6 Comments on The Great Moxie Dress Search Ep.2 – LA Story

  1. Stephanie Kane Gordon
    October 6, 2012 at 9:28 am (3 years ago)

    no, but then again i bought 2 wedding dresses so who am i to talk!! and i have to say, YAY david’s bridal!

    • thatbridesgotmoxie
      October 6, 2012 at 10:04 am (3 years ago)

      Steph, LOL. If I end up at David’s Bridal (again, remember I already went there in NJ!), I’m blaming you!

      • Stephanie Kane Gordon
        October 7, 2012 at 9:55 am (3 years ago)

        hahah, but better yet, I would want to go with you! i don’t know about Jersey, but Burbank DB is awesome. have you checked out their White collection??

    • thatbridesgotmoxie
      October 13, 2012 at 10:22 am (3 years ago)

      Ok, I might be changing my mind about David’s a little. They have a new Melissa Sweet collection that looks good…

  2. prettymindy
    October 6, 2012 at 9:23 am (3 years ago)

    That dress is pretty but you’ll find something better! I too tried on a dress over budget (at R Mine, even though it was already severely discounted), it stuck in my head a few days an then I forgot about it.

    • thatbridesgotmoxie
      October 6, 2012 at 10:04 am (3 years ago)

      Yes, I am hoping, any day now, that I stop thinking about this dress.
      This shopping trip was in late August. LOL


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