To Order Part Deux

Let me take a moment to apologize for the last post.

I looked at it just a little while ago and I was a little shocked that I was awake enough to click the “Publish”  button.

Sorry about that one.


Why don’t we talk about the Pros and Cons about buying an in stock wedding gown and frankly, I liked the whole list thing.  It seems more clear cut and precise.  I guess I did find some sense in that fog of exhaustion and misspelled words.

Pros of buying your wedding gown off the rack:

1.  From now on, your wedding gown will never leave your sight.  You can bring it home, lock it up in a pet and childproof closet and when you’re feelin’ lonely, take it out and whisper sweet nothings to it.

2.  Because it’s been in the shop and been tried on a few times, there might be some snags or a little bit of dirt.  I know what you’re thinking, “shouldn’t that be a con”?  Well if you think saving money is a con then, you’re right.  If you’re more normal and like to save a few hundred dollars on a designer gown then this is a pro.  Don’t be shy to talk to your consultant about the snags and see if there is any wiggle room in the price.  But do it nicely.  You get more with sugar than vinegar.

3.  If you have a quick engagement you won’t have to wait the weeks that it can take to get your gown in.

4.  You can get started ASAP with your alterations.

5.  You don’t have to pay for shipping.

6.  And most importantly, it cuts down on anxiety and worry.

Cons about buying your wedding dress off of the rack.

Bless her heart.

1.  You are probably buying a sample, which means that it is around a size 8 to 12.  If you are smaller or bigger than that it means that you will need extensive alterations.  Make sure the bridal shop you purchase your gown from has impeccable seamstresses.  If they don’t, be afraid.  Be very afraid.

2.  So remember how I told you that a little dirt and some snags ins a pro?  Well, it’s a double edged sword.  Yes, you got a deal on the gown, but depending on how bad the damage is, you need to get it cleaned.  Getting your gown cleaned can sometimes run from $150 to $300.  Did you come out ahead?  If not, you might as well order your gown.  Now, if the dirt is down on the train or inside the dress, who cares!  Don’t clean it.

3.  You have to store your dress.  Sometimes it’s nice to know that you don’t have to worry about your cat walking into your closet, using your wedding gown as a scratch post and leaving it for dead.

In my mind, when it comes to whats better, special ordering your wedding gown or buying it off the rack, I think it’s a pretty close race.  It really just depends on if you’re a savvy shopper or a perfectionist (and whether or not your favorite sample is on sale).


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