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Letting go of Dress Stress

Well, I’m back and officially a married woman. Hooray!

The last couple of weeks have been really wonderful. The wedding was perfect. Absolutely perfect. I can’t wait to share all the details and photos. But before I do, I want to tell a story that I’ve been dying to share…

I know I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I’m quite the tomboy, so shopping for a wedding dress wasn’t the same experience for me as it is for most brides. I’ve also mentioned the lovely dress that my sweet friend sold me for only $100. I was so excited to not have to shop around for “the” dress anymore. I never really believed in that concept, anyway…

The dress was a few sizes too big, so it underwent a few rounds of alterations…and along the way, I decided to take it from an a-line skirt and make it more of a mermaid shape. I obviously had NO idea how difficult it is to change the shape of the dress. With each dress fitting, I became more and more concerned.

A few weeks before the wedding, I took several of my bridesmaids with me to the alterations shop. They needed to get their dresses adjusted and I needed to get their opinion. At this point, the dress had undergone four rounds of alterations and I still wasn’t in love with it. I tried it on and when I walked out to the main room and stood in front of the three-way mirror, I could see their expressions from multiple angles.

It just wasn’t right. It wasn’t that flattering. And it was obvious that I wasn’t comfortable in it.

So….we piled into Amanda’s SUV and headed up to Bridal Sense, a bridal consignment shop that was conveniently right up the road. We walked in and I was greeted by Nancy Culotta, the owner. I handed her the dress and told her she could have it; sell it or donate it, whatever she wanted to do. Then I told her that I needed a dress…and that the wedding was in 5 weeks.

She told me to look around, try on as many as dresses as I wanted and she’d look thru some catalogs to see what she might be able to order for delivery within my timeframe. I didn’t really have much luck with any of the dresses on the rack, so Nancy brought me a few bridesmaid dresses to try on. She told me they could be ordered in an ivory color and with rush delivery; would arrive just in time. I tried a few on and found one that I liked. I wasn’t overly excited about it, but the girls really liked it. It was lightweight and comfortable and would certainly do the job.

Nancy went to check the delivery schedule and came back to tell me that if the order was placed that same day, and with super rush delivery, it would arrive the week of the wedding….as in three days before we were leaving Atlanta to drive up to the lake. Eek! I was extremely nervous about such a slim grace period…and no real time for alterations…but we all agreed that unless I were to find a dress off the rack, all delivery times would be cutting it this close. So, I agreed to place the order and decided to simply think good thoughts for the next several weeks.

Nancy took my measurements and debated sizes. She wanted to get as close to my actual size as possible so we wouldn’t be doing rushed alterations or, God forbid, pinning the dress the day of the wedding. She told me that she was going to bring me a dress from the same manufacturer to try to gauge the fit. When she brought the dress to the fitting room, we all looked at it and then looked at each other and the girls said, “Oh my gosh, try it on!” I tried it on and loved it instantly.

I mean I actually, really LOVED it.

It fit me perfectly, it was incredibly comfortable, it had the right amount of sparkle and I really didn’t want to take it off. I stared in the mirror with a big ol’ grin on my face thinking to myself, “So, this is how it’s supposed to feel…”

It is really simple with a vintage feel to it…and other than some minor adjustments; hem, strap length, bustle, etc…no alterations needed to be done. And…the best part…it was only $300! Heck yea!

I am not exaggerating when I say that Nancy and her team at Bridal Sense saved this bride. Not only do I LOVE my dress, but I felt the way a bride is supposed to feel on her wedding day.

If you’re a bride-to-be in the Atlanta area, you really should  pay them a visit. They are friendly to you and to your budget…and in the wedding business, that’s not always easy to come by.

Bridal Sense
6600 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30328

They are a true consignment shop, so if you have a dress that’s been hanging in your closet and you are interested in selling it, give them a call. Not me though. I’m keeping this dress forever. I love it too much to part with it.

I know…weird, right?

Here she is…

One Response to “Letting go of Dress Stress”

  1. Brittany Says:

    Emily-I got my dress at Bridal Sense as well! I had a very disappointing and anti-climactic experience everywhere else, but there I felt so comfortable and found my perfect dress for a STEAL! yay for Bridal Sense!

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