As mentioned in a previous post, I found *the* dress. Actually, I found it over a month ago, on my second foray into the wedding dress world (which is just how I like my shopping, nice and quick).
It was as if it was meant to be, the dress was in my size, the last one, one sale, and they were willing to discount it a bit further to make it fit within my budget. How couldn’t I say yes? If I didn’t get it that day, there was no guarantee it’d be there next time. My aunt and bridesmaids loved it. I felt like a princess. At the time, my only obstacle was myself–I had never intended to buy a dress that day. I just wasn’t ready. But my logical self prevailed, and I presented the required plastic.
At the time, the sales lady had said that all it needed was a bit of hemming, and just one minor tuck. You see, the sweetheart neckline was lopsided–more like a real heart than it should be. But if you pulled it in at the side, it looked fine.
Then I saw a couple of different tailors. One thing they both agreed on is that tucking it in at the side wouldn’t fix the dress. The first tailor, based on pictures I had brought in, said that the adjustments could cost between $150 to $250, possibly more, because they might need to redo the detailing to balance everything out. The second, actually looking at me in the dress, said she couldn’t see any way to make it work without giving it a halter strap. So much for a small tuck.
It came down to whether the extra money or the sweetheart neckline was more important. Which, for me, wasn’t a hard decision to make. The halter will be out of tulle, so it will be fairly sheer and non-intrusive. I’m sure it will still be beautiful.
But it will not be the “perfect” dress I bought.
Maybe it will be better?