I was going through some wedding photos the other day and it brought back the oh so (not) joyous memories of trying to find a tall wedding dress, shoes and underoos that fit my abnormally long figure.
Mr. L3 and I had known each other for almost 2 years when he finally popped the question, and then we decided on a quick 3 month engagement. I literally went dress shopping the Saturday after getting engaged and KNEW I had to buy a dress THAT day if it was going to be ready for my big day. No pressure, right? Makes me want to shovel copious amounts of chocolate into my mouth from anxiety just thinking about it! At the 2 bridal shops I went to, I secretly found amusement in the half-my-size attendants having to hoist the 6842848680 lb dresses over my head. Of course, every sample dress was way too short and I ended up having to pay more for “extra length”, BUT the thing that saved me from needing any alterations was the lace-up back on the dress that I found at Alfred Angelo. This is KEY if you want to save 100s on alterations because you can just tighten or loosen the bodice according to how bloated you’re feeling that day. So, even though I had to pay more for a dress that was long enough, it probably all evened out since I didn’t have to shell out cash for alterations.
|Me in my “extra length” dress from Alfred Angelo
For some reason, I had it in my head that buying a bustier was the bridely thing to do because it would hold me together under the dress. My mom came bustier hunting with me and had a deuce of a time cramming me into the torturous garment. When the saleslady came into the dressing room to check on our progress, she said “hmmm. This is hitting you in all the wrong places because your torso is too long for it. It’s smushing your sides and giving you chubs.” Ummmm…gee thanks. Aren’t you only supposed to tell bridezillas things like “WOW. You look fabulously beautiful in that. You’re going to be a breathtaking bride”? Despite all this, I still bought the danged thing because every bride is supposed to have the proper undergarments right? Never fear…I came to my senses and returned it before the wedding because with a lace up dress, I really didn’t need anything to hold me together other than the dress itself. However, this got me thinking, when is someone going to start a line of long torso undergarments? I think there might be a market for it!
I knew I wanted flats but…Vera? Or cheapies? Vera? Or cheapies? This was my great debate after I had spent countless, frustrating hours hunting online for size 11 wedding shoes and had narrowed it down to 2 pairs. I was DROOLING over a pair of ($275) bejewled Vera Wang flats. Every bride should have a little Vera right? At least that’s what I was telling myself to justify the expense. I’m REALLY glad I talked myself down and bought $28 flats from Dessy
instead because it rained quite a bit on my wedding day. (Yes yes I know…rain on your wedding day=oodles of good luck. If I had a dollar for every time I heard that, we could have stayed an extra week in Europe on our honeymoon.) I had absolutely no problem tromping around in the wet grass in my $28 flats but probably would have had a minor spaz attack about the $275 Veras getting water damaged and not being wearable after the wedding.
It took a lot of legwork and a little extra money but overall, I was thrilled with how I looked on my wedding day. Hopefully by the time my daughter (if I have one) or niece are ready to marry, they’ll have an easier time finding bridal items suitable for the more leggy lady.
Tell me your wedding woes (or successes). Was it difficult to find a long enough dress? How about the shoes? Or, if you have yet to tie the knot, what do you anticipate being the most difficult thing about wedding shopping? How about long formal dresses? Do you have difficulty finding those?
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