Wedding Dress Stress

A wedding dress is probably one of the first things that any newly engaged woman searches for on the internet. But before I even started to look at any magazine or website, I knew I wanted a lace dress with straps. I quickly found out that Monique Lhuillier does many dresses that fit the bill perfectly.
FH prefers not to see the dress before the wedding day, so this is just a glimpse.
But I knew our budget wouldn’t allow for an expensive albeit gorgeous Monique Lhuillier dress.

I took a shot at a sample sale and almost bought a $600 chiffon strapless concoction that seemed suitable and would let me be done with it. But I didn’t want suitable, I wanted something a bit closer to my ideal dress. I reined in all the emotional intelligence I could muster and walked away from a supposed bargain.

I went with a friend to a few shops around Edgecliff. Two shops would make a similar dress for $3,500. Another one had an off the rack lace dress already discounted at $3,500. Then, there’s that ridiculous shop which would make a really cheap-looking net dress with frills for $2,500. The dress didn’t anything like the photo I showed her, it didn’t even look like lace! I also felt like a hostage in that shop – the owner kept on forcing me to try dresses that I didn’t even like. I thought we’d never get out of that shop!

Everything seemed out of my budget and I wound up hunting for the dress on cheap bridal websites. After a few late nights of searching, I found it on With fingers crossed, I said goodbye to my $200 and hoped the dress would at least be wearable. I did not have high hopes for the lace, but I thought I’d be able to replace the lace with something nicer.

The dress arrived after a few weeks and it did not even meet my low expectations. Actually with a few tweaks the lace and the fit would have been fine. The trouble was with how they cut the fabric. The very visible side front seams were not perpendicular to the ground; they were veering to one side, making the dress totally unwearable.

I realised I’d rather sew than shop, so I’m happy to announce that I now plan on making my own wedding dress :)


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