[dropcap3 variation=”black”]I[/dropcap3]’m going to begin this review with a little timeline. Mr. qSS and I got engaged in August of last year. We had been together for four years, and lived together for more than three of them. We didn’t see much point in a long engagement. We probably would have been married before the year was out, but he needed surgery, and then we were in the thick of holiday season, which meant that I had a snowball’s chance in hell of getting a weekend off from work. Soon after the holidays passed, I found myself out of work for a couple months with an injury, which left me plenty of time to do some wedding planning. There was a problem, though. We didn’t have a set date. Which meant that the local bridal shops I visited wouldn’t even let me make an appointment to look at dresses to decide what worked for my figure. I had a terrible experience at my nearest David’s Bridal, so that was a no-go as well.
So I did what any reasonable person would do, I decided, “Fuck that, I’ll just get a cute white dress from Target.” And that’s what I did. It was a cute little white strapless chiffon number:
It was adorable in the pictures, and the price was right, at around 70 bucks. Unfortunately, when it arrived, I found it to be flimsy, entirely too sheer, and was unable to get it zipped up due to my, um, ample bosom. I was heartbroken, but soon rallied. I found a couple dresses on eShakti.com, but wasn’t able to pull the trigger. I think part of it was because the dresses were on forms, rather than a real person. Everything looks good on a dress form.
As luck would have it, since becoming engaged, my Facebook ads had been filled with rings, resorts, and bridesmaid dresses. One of them was an ad for Weddington Way. Something something about letting your bridesmaids vote on their dresses. I had decided there were two requirements for my future wedding dress: it had to be knee-length and it had to have pockets. I hoped against hope that one of these bridesmaids dresses were available in a white-ish shade and would meet my requirements.
What I encountered was nothing short of genius. The idea of the site is that the bride picks out a bunch of dresses that she likes for her bridesmaids, they vote on it, and then the bridesmaids order their dresses. Once all the orders are placed, the dresses go into production, and are ready in six to eight weeks.
What I decided to do was a little different. I picked out a bunch of dresses (all available in some shade in the white family) I thought were pretty, and sent out email invites to a slew of my friends.
I reminded my friends (and mom – I wanted her involved even though she lives a thousand miles away!) to take into account my figure, personality, and the venue (a local park). All told, I got about 15 friends to vote on dress styles. Here are my best friend’s choices:
Admittedly, the dress that was her first choice (as well as my mom’s) was also the one I fell in love with at first sight. I wasn’t strapless! It was knee-length! It had pockets! It looked like I’d be able to breathe and wear a normal bra! And I was pretty sure it would accentuate the positive (my boobaliciousness), while hiding what I wasn’t as comfortable with. And it was under $200, so even if I haaaaaated it, It wouldn’t kill me to go buy a sundress from the Ann Taylor store across from my work. I took the plunge.
I have to sing the praises of the customer service rep that I dealt with, who kept me updated through the whole process and kept me calm when FedEx insisted that my address didn’t exist on delivery day. Thanks, Carmella!
The dress fit like a dream, without a single alteration. The only special undergarment I had to purchase was a half slip, although some double-sided tape would have come in handy at some points on the big day.
Here’s the final product:
If any of y’all soon-to-be-marrieds are looking for quality dresses for yourself or your bridesmaids (they have approximately a zillion color choices), I highly recommend Weddington Way. The Facebook ads are a little cheesy, but they make up for it with good prices, quality product, and fantastic customer service. There is no need to fear buying an occasion dress online!