I apologize in advance for the rant, but I just feel like I need to let it out to people who understand.
I bought my wedding dress second-hand in September, 2014. It was a gorgeous dress that is satin, A-Line, corset back with just the right amount of beading! I fell in love with the dress and the price ($300) and it had never been worn! Although it didn't quite fit, I took the plunge and bought it confident that if I lost a bit of weight and had it altered it would fit perfectly.
I tried to lose the weight, but I ended up gaining weight instead, it turned out that I was suffering from PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome). It's been almost impossible for me to lose weight =( I'm now on birth control pills and I'm happy to at least be maintaining my weight instead of gaining.
Anyways, I took my dress to get altered this past weekend and the seamstress told me that the dress was way to small for me. I knew I had gained weight, but I didn't feel a difference, my clothes still fit the same. I'm 5'10' and a pear shape (small bust and bigger in the hips). The seamstress said that she would have to add material and couldn't guarantee that the dress would look the same (she said that the material she would add might be a shade or two off!) and that she couldn't replicate the beading on my dress (so I would have a plain patch of dress with no beading at the back) after being quoted more than $500 for the alterations alone I decided to think about my options before paying to have my dress altered.
I was in LOVE with my old dress and couldn't picture myself wearing anything else. I was devastated and had a major break down! Especially since there's about two months till my wedding!
I made an appointment at David's Bridal since they have a sale going on and amazing plus size wedding gowns. My consultant was AMAZING and the experience was everything I hoped it would be. I ended up spending about $820.00 on a gorgeous lace, ivory sheath dress with beading. I also got a belt and a plain veil. Now I'm super over-budget on my dress for the day, but I do love my new dress more than the old one.
Has anyone else gone through anything similar?