Adventures In Wedding Planning – Say Yes To The Dress

Hey there, LoveBirds!!

Finally!!! We can talk about the fun stuff!! Anyone watch the show “Say Yes To The Dress”? I totally did and OBSESSED about Pnina dresses. Sadly, I couldn’t afford to go to NYC and invade their store nor could I afford a Pnina….but I still got to say “yes” to my designer dress.

Here’s how you do it.

You hit the sample sale racks. Yup. Unless you’re like me and TELLS EVERYONE that your wedding dress is off the sample sale rack, NO ONE IS GOING TO KNOW.

Yes, girl. That’s because these dresses look just like the full price ones. They might’ve been a display or whatever. Who cares!! It’s the same designer design for pennies on the dollar!!

That’s my dress. It’s a James Clifford. I think it retails anywhere from 2500 and up. Guess how much I got it for? $950 off the sample sale rack at MaryLinn’s Couture Bridal in Pasadena, California. FYI, don’t believe all the negative comments.

My sales person was Dawn. I loved her so much, I told my girlfriend to go there to buy her dress from Dawn and she loved her too. She also followed my advice and bought her dream dress OFF THE SAMPLE SALE RACK!

Not only did I have my very own say “yes” to the dress moment, I got it for a great deal. Most dresses require alterations and if you get a sample sale, they will replace the beads that fell off, fix the stitches, etc so that it looks like a dress you ordered from the designer.

I paid for them to alter my dress AND to build a corset into the back of my dress. After all was said and done, I spent less than $1500 on a designer dress. Not bad right?

Here’s the thing about your wedding dress.

Yes, it’s your most special day. I get it. You want to look AWESOME and wedding photos are forever. I totally understand.

But here’s what I don’t get. Unless you can seriously afford it, a Pnina dress can go for TENS of THOUSANDS of dollars. Do you know what that is? It’s a down payment for house. There is no way in Hell I am going to plunk down the kind of money I could use for a home I’M GOING TO LIVE IN FOR YEARS on a dress I’m going to be wearing for less than 24 hours.

I just can’t do it. If you can, you go with your bad self!! I am very happy for you!! I wasn’t able to do it so I did the next best thing. 🙂

In the end, I ended up with a gorgeous dress that I got to customize to my liking for a fraction of the cost. I think I win.

Wedding Veil

Okay, no one told me when I was picking out a dress that the freaking veil could cost $150 and up!!!

What the heck?! Isn’t it just some tulle and stuff?! Someone explain to me why the hell this costs so much. After I was done freaking out and seriously considering NOT having a veil, my girlfriend told me about The Wedding Veil Lady.

My CUSTOM MADE, flutter, butt grazing, Swarovski crystal blinged, 4mm pearl strewn veil cost me…..* drum roll please *….. a whopping $60. Yup.

Did I mention this is a custom made veil? She ships all over the world so don’t worry about it. Call her and talk to her. She is the sweetest lady and does amazing work. I loved my veil so much. I think I cried a little because I could not believe how much money this lady saved me and that I got to have a veil after all.

Up next – Wedding Planner!

2 Responses to “Adventures In Wedding Planning – Say Yes To The Dress”
  1. lisa says:

    My parents are buying me my dress but the cost has been cut drastically because it was already worn previously. I had no issue with this in the slightest. : )

    I tried on 5 dresses. All of them were beautiful except for the trumpet styled dress. I thought I would initially like it but I felt like a stuffed bird! : P

    • Hooraaaayyyy!!! Congrats on getting your dress!! That’s also a great way to save major $$$ on a dress. I don’t see what the big deal is either. No one is going to know but you and the person you bought the dress from.

      Isn’t that style GORGEOUS??!! I totally know what you mean by feeling like a stuffed bird. I also am not the most graceful person in the world so I had a fear of falling over especially after a few drinks (or a gallon).

      So excited for your wedding!!!!

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