Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bridesmaid Dress Fiasco

My sister-in-law's wedding has finally arrived. We fly out to California bright and early Thursday morning for her nuptials on Thursday night. We arrive in California around 3:30 pm and need to be on the beach for pictures (which I believe is an hour away) at 4:30 pm. We are obviously cutting it real close. Let's hope we aren't delayed and the weather is perfect. For an idea on why we can't fly out on Wednesday, you can read a guest post I wrote a while back here.

So back in December when SIL asked me to be in the wedding, she sent me a link to a dress at David's Bridal. However, she told me not to order anything yet because she wasn't sure if those were the dresses she really wanted.

Cut to May.

I emailed her asking if she had decided on a dress since the wedding was fast approaching. She said she would contact her MOH and see if the original dresses were still available. Of course, they weren't. She then said she would contact me again to let me know what the plan was. I didn't hear from her for a while, and then a couple weeks ago she said we all should just try to find a light yellow dress. I looked around, but couldn't find anything, so I let her know that there were some other dress styles at David's Bridal in the original light yellow color. Again, a week or so goes by. She then contacts me last week to tell me that I should go and buy this dress:I call David's Bridal to set up an appointment and make one for this past Thursday. I show up at the store, thinking that they will have racks and racks of the dresses in many colors and styles, when in fact that is not how David's Bridal works. They have dresses in various colors and styles and then you order what you would like. Now that I think of it I suppose it is just like any other bridal salon, but my SIL gave me the impression that I would be able to go buy the dress at the store.

Of course, they don't have the dress in the right color in my size. The saleslady then calls around to see if the dress is available in any other stores in the US and if it can be shipped ASAP. No luck. I call my SIL frantically asking what to do, and she gives me some more dress styles that she likes. I try them on to figure out which size I need (their sizing varies a lot between dress styles) and we finally find that the dress below is available at a store in Woodbridge, VA in the style, size, and color needed (or so I thought). I pay for the dress at the original store and agree to pick it up at the Woodbridge store today, since the store is about an hour away from where we live.

So today we venture down to Woodbridge and when they bring out the dress, it is not the dress I thought I ordered, nor was it the size that fit me in that dress (does that make sense?).

Cue tears.

Apparently the saleslady at the original store gave the saleslady at the Woodbridge store the wrong style number and the size for the other dress. UGGGGGHHH. So we search the store for any dresses in the color and we find three that could potentially work. I try them on and luckily one of them fits. So now I will be wearing this dress on Thursday:
The dress is actually a lot cuter in person and resembles the cotton cady dresses from J. Crew. But OMG, could this have been any more of a hassle?!?

ETA: I must thank the helpful manager at the Woodbridge store. She allowed me to return the first dress even though it was a final sale and helped to calm me down and find something that could work.

14 comments:

  1. This is was a hell of and adventure indeed- this is why I am glad I never have to go through this kind of ordeal.

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  2. Fiasco indeed! So glad you ended up with such a cute dress, and that your SIL was so willing to be flexible on the style! btw, for some reason I can't read the guest post you wrote, the site comes up, but not the text in the post! Weird!

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  3. Oh my goodness! What a mess. So glad you ended up with a good one, and can't wait to see photos from the wedding! Hope you're having fun!!!

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  4. Wow, that's a story! I can't believe she didn't pick out dresses until a few weeks before :0 I'm way too anal for that!

    I am so glad you found something you actually like and look good in. I adore that style from JCrew (my bms wore JCrew dresses and LOVED them!), so I'm sure you will look great!! Hope you have a wonderful time out there!!

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  5. OMG that sounds like SUCH a huge pain. I LOVE the last dress though and I'm glad that everything worked out in the end!

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  6. That is terrible! I am glad it got worked out, though!

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  7. Yikes, that is an awful experience. I think it's a little weird that she didn't have the dresses picked and ordered sooner, but good thing that she was flexible about the style so that you could get it all sorted out.

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  8. So glad you finally found a dress!

    What part of CA are you coming to? Let me know if you'll be in LA!

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  9. oh my god that sounds absolutely horrible. i cant imagine a bride being so disorganized, but i guess not everyone is OCD. :) good to hear that everything worked out!

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  10. I totally know what you mean! I was a bridesmaid in my friends wedding and the dress was coming from David's Bridal. I go to pick up my dress after a fitting and blah, blah, blah and lo and behold with my tag was a WEDDING dress. Oh yah, during our fitting the ladies had put my tag on the girls wedding dress and my RED bridesmaids dress with her tag. Neither one of us was amused.

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  11. Oh my goodness- drama! I am sorry you had to go through all of that- but glad that you could find help and find a dress that would work.

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  12. Ugh, what a stressful ordeal! The dress you ended up with is beautiful though and I'm sure it will be gorgeous on you!

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  13. Wow what an ordeal! You're lucky that they were so nice to help you like that in the end. My experiences with David's Bridal have been nothing but awful. Have fun at the wedding! (And the dress does look cute!)

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  14. i'd say you made out like a bandit with that ordeal! what a CUTE dress!!

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