Last Thursday I got the best phone call in the world: my wedding dress was in.
First off, I have to say I was SHOCKED that it came in this early... I just ordered it in October and they told me it wouldn't be until March or April. But the women at Country Bride and Gent informed me that it was a slow time and sometimes things get done faster.
The dress was even more beautiful then I imagined it! It was clean and new, the beading wasn't falling off and the chiffon wasn't torn [like that poor sample]. As I was looking at it in the dressing room, the song we plan on dancing to as our first dance just happened to come on over the radio and the tears started streaming down!
Anyway, after I composed myself, the sales girl helped me into the dress and started to zip me up. She got to about my bra strap and couldn't zip it anymore.
Now when we ordered the dress we decided to go with a 10 to accomidate my ta-tas. The sample, which was an 8, fit me everywhere except in the boob area- but we could still get it zipped. This dress- "MY" dress- we couldn't even get zipped.
The sales girl called over the manager, Sue, and told her about the situation. After swearing I hadn't put on weight or getting my period, I said, "The sample fits. I understand that it may have stretched from so many people trying it on, but it fits. Do you want me to try it on to show you?" The manager agreed.
So we try on the sample and zip it up with no problems. And then we try on "my" dress again. And then the sample again. And 'my" dress again. Meanwhile my poor mother is sitting outside the dressing room with no clue what is taking so long.
As I was walking out to show my mom, I noticed how short the hem was. We had to custom order my hem because of the lace at the bottom. Although I don't have my shoes yet, I have an idea of what I want, and I know what height I will be using. When I got measured the first time, I made sure I wore a certian height shoe so we would get the correct length. In only my stocking feet, the hem was just barely brushing the floor. My fiance is 6'4, I will be wearing very tall heels, so there is no way that hem was going to work!
After checking my measurements and the manufacture's measurements we decided that there was no possible way this is the dress I ordered. Sue called the manufacturer [Alfred Angelo] and they said they had another 10 in their shop, and they must have sent out the wrong one.
I'm not upset about the mix up, mostly because it's only December so we still have plenty of time, but it does make me a little apprehensive about ordering bridesmaids dresses from Alfred Angelo. If they mixed up a custom wedding dress during their slow season, what are they going to do with 100s of bridesmaids dressed during their busy season?
Always & Forever,