I thought about having a dress made and began asking about dressmakers. I can sew, but haven't made anything for myself in a long time and didn't want that kind of pressure now. One recommended seamstress retired, another moved 6 hours away to the upper peninsula. Friends that have been mothers in bridal parties had luck at stores that have closed due to Michigan's economic problems.
The wedding is in early October so I wasn't panicky......yet. I went to a bridal dress shop in April. I was told that I had to order by the end of that week because the store needed 5 months to get the dress and another month for alterations. The dresses she pulled out to show me might have looked good on Barbie but certainly not me. Did she have anything remotely close to my size to try on? Of course not. I could hold the dress up to see about the color. How was that going to give me an idea what the ruching would look like, or the neckline, or the skirt which was too straight to suit me? Once you order a dress, you are committed, no refunds. The alterations would be extra and of course, I would need to order extra fabric for those alterations. The colors were pukey for me and the average price was $450 without extra fabric and alterations.
Keep your dress, and your attitude lady. And I use the term "lady" sarcastically.
Two weeks ago a friend gave me a business card for a shop in Richmond MI. A friend of hers had luck there and passed the card on to me. Richmond is a small town about a half hour from here. Not expecting to have any luck, I went there last Tuesday. The two women working in the store could not have been nicer or more helpful. Dresses were available from right off the rack or could be ordered if a different size or color was needed. The second dress I tried on is the one I bought.
Yay!!!!! Here is a closer view of the embellishments on the lace.
I will go back in September to have the bodice altered but for now, the dress is in my closet here at home. I found a clutch purse that is a perfect match at Target while shopping for something completely unrelated to the wedding.
Two days after my purchase, Kim's mom called me. She lives just a few blocks from me. She called to say she bought her dress the previous day.
Me: Congratulations! I got mine on Tuesday!
Her: A friend told me about a store in Richmond and I decided to give them a try.
Me: You didn't go to Marcile's, did you?
Her: (pause) Yes.....have you heard of it?
No, she didn't get the same dress. Hers is a similar style, but is sage green with silver accents. She will look great in that color. Neither of us had heard of the store two weeks earlier, and yet we successfully shopped their 24 hours apart from each other.
I think this is a good omen for Chuck and Kim. And I think it also means their moms share excellent taste.