My internet wedding dress
I set out on my wedding dress search determined to buy on the internet. I fancied the risk, the challenge, and most of all, the idea of an amazing, jaw-dropping, once-in-a-lifetime bargain.
I hit the websites – preloved.co.uk, stillwhite.co.uk, ebay.co.uk, sellmyweddingdress.co.uk, etsy.com, jjshouse.com – to name just a few. These are all really great by the way, so if you fancy taking on the challenge, they would be a good place to start.
I searched through them for hours. I went from one to another. I wrote messages to brides selling their wedding dress because they no longer had room in their flat and needed the spare room for their soon-to-arrive baby. I asked for measurements, for more photos, for more details.
And the answers came rushing in. I considered the new information, decided I wasn’t convinced, and continued on my merry way. Every time my boyfriend (fiancé) came home from work he’d find me deeply concentrating with about twenty-five windows open on the laptop. Of course I would shut them all down in a wave of panic, only to have to find them all again the next day.
This went on for a few weeks. I got lost in the maze of internet wedding dress shopping. I became desperate to make a purchase. And then I found a nice second-hand dress from Coast that I decided would be good for my engagement drinks party. It was at least one size too big, but who cares? It was a bargain.
Then I found another dress on auction on eBay – kind of bridal but not really, two sizes too big, but it was cheap so I thought, why not? It’s a bargain.
So I got deliveries through the door of two dresses that I had never tried on and that weren’t my size. Needless to say, they both looked like sacks on. Nice sacks, but sacks. They are currently in their box in the wardrobe.
You may be relieved to hear that I decided I needed to step away from the internet. (By the way, I was going to bridal shops and trying on dresses throughout all of this to see if I could get a better idea of what I wanted, see my visit to Angelica Bridal).
I stopped my internet search and went back to the shops. I blitzed them in one week, found a dress that I loved, went back to try it on again, and after lots of thought and debate with everyone (I mean with everyone), I decided to take it. So I’ve paid a deposit and made my third big commitment in the wedding process (first being proposing, second being the venue).
Next week: romantic bridal gifts for Valentine’s Day, what else?