Buying the perfect wedding gown can be the biggest cause of concern for a bride-to-be! Shopping with bridesmaids, mothers and friends can wear a bride down. Attendants and family need to be considerate of the brides' wishes and zip it when the bride loves a dress. This is a sensitive time and being kind, while truthful, is always best. When they put their hands on their face, that is a true indication of dress love.
This bride shopped with her attendants and the timing wasn't right, so it gave her grief & she chose to forego a purchase. Frazzled and discouraged, she gave herself a breather and next went with her mother and sister. She tried the beaded-topped dress and her mother cried. She took it as a cue of her mother's "dress love and approval". Nothing could be further from the truth. She cried from the emotional journey she was on with her daughter. A terrible miscommunication was made. The dress was ultimately purchased. Alterations were expected, as most brides know. That's where I come in.
This boat neck was not the bride's first choice. She really tried to like it! A necklace she bought wouldn't work with this style. A boat neck gown for this petite girl was just wrong. Her framing is narrow and she was very short waisted, causing the dress to hike up. My other challenge was her being a Tom Boy. She said she had worn a dress possibly 3 times her entire life, comfort was going to be a problem.
Pinning it to work properly was tough, altering, all by hand, was tougher! The fit was right, but she never really loved it. Sad situation. She did reveal at this fitting that her mother was crying at the dress shop for the realization of her marriage, it had nothing to do with the love of the dress. Her mom was okay with the beaded portion being removed. A bride is often tethered to the financial & emotional wishes of a mother. This mother was gracious about her daughters' wishes. A reluctance on my part to remove the beaded top was something I had to overcome. A happy bride is a good thing for everyone. The multitude of flowers on the skirt were hideous. I took the scissors to those as she was wearing the gown. "Yays" of approval began once the first flower fell to the floor.
Next fitting; bead free zone! How wonderful for a bride to feel beautiful in her gown! As she looked in the mirror, hands on her cheeks, we had accomplished our goal. Fresh, modern & a perfect fit. All is well. I put it out of my mind, knowing another bride was ready to walk down the aisle.
Not so fast there buddy. . . I got a frantic call, 8:30 pm, the night before the wedding-less than 24 hours before the ceremony! Something happened! The dress didn't fit. Getting to my studio after 9 pm with a good friend, tears and worries, she put it on once again. She had lost around 10 lbs from stress & more than an inch had to be taken in. We pinned her up, calmed nerves and a promise of delivery the next day at her wedding venue at 1 pm. My arrival with gown in hand was met with cheers from her bridesmaids. A swift fitting, photos of new style & fit and my speedy get away was worth every moment spent on making my bride-to-be, confident in herself, her wedding and future. A gown with questionable beginnings became the perfect happy ending. I love a wedding gown rescue!