I wanted to share the amazing experience I had purchasing my wedding dress.
I enjoyed the convenience of shopping online to find my dream dress and I thought once I found "The One" that it would be easy to track down, try on and purchase. Things didn't work out exactly that way but somehow everything worked out for the best.
My wedding is in April 2011 so when I finally found my dream dress online I was very anxious to purchase it. Unfortunately, no local bridal retailers carried a sample and very few even carried the designer's line. I called the local retailer who quoted me a price that was a little more than 1/2 of my budget with alterations included (Yay Me!!! ), but she did not have the sample to try on and she didn't know if, and when she would be receiving the sample. After being forced to schedule several appointments to try on dresses I didn't want I eventually ended up at the boutique that could order my dream dress but the owner had misquoted and the retail price of the dress was actually $700 more than she initially quoted me. Fortunately, she remembered our conversation and was kind and professional enough to stick to her original pricing so I bought it.
An added bonus was that I received $50 off of each of my bridesmaid's dresses for purchasing my dress their so I returned to the boutique a week and a half after purchasing my dress to order my bridesmaid's dresses. While waiting to be assisted I was AMAZED to see a brand new sample of the wedding dress I just ordered 10 days before displayed on the sales floor. I almost passed out!!! It was even more beautiful in person and once they let me try the dress on I fell in love all over again.
Here is a picture of my dress on the model:
And for fun, Here's a picture of my bridesmaid's dress. The color will be Hot Pink: