I made an appointment at Macy's Bridal salon just to "look" with my mom and it ended up being a truck show, all the new dresses for 2011 were in and for 15% off. Lucky for me, the VP of the company was there and giving me extra special attention. He ended up giving me an extra 5% off (20% off my dress) and gave me all my alterations for half off! I am officially the "Bargain Bride"!!
I'm going to be making some changes to the dress. The neckline will be more sweetheart and the ruffles in the back will sweep into the front of the dress. I'm also going to be added some embellishments to the dress that the seamstress said she will tack on for FREE. I live close to NYC so I'm going to make a day in the garment district and use my company account to buy the trims at wholesale.