If you have seen one episode of Say Yes to the Dress you probably think that it is completely rational to spend $8000 on a wedding dress. You will also probably expect your friends and family to fight about what kind of dress you should wear and then all burst into tears the minute you find “the one”. When I started looking for wedding dresses I found the whole thing slightly overwhelming and kept saying It’s just a dress! And I’ll only wear it for 6 hours! Why does it cost as much as a Ford Focus?! So I started to look into some different dress options.
Here are a few of the non traditional options for brides not wanting to say yes to the dress in the TLC kinda way:
Guys can rent their tuxedos so why can’t you rent that Vera Wang dress you are lusting over? Renting allows you to get a top of the line designer dress for the price of a bargin bin find.
After a good cleaning, you can get a looks like new dress for costs like used price. Sometimes you can even find a never worn dress.
Don’t dismiss your mom’s 70′s gown. With a little TLC and imagination you can have a one of a kind dress with tons of meaning.
I looked into all of the above options while also doing the traditional shopping and as soon as I tried on ‘my‘ dress in the store, I knew that I was done looking (FYI there were no tears shed from anyone that was with me, just my dad at home who had to pay for it THANKS FATHER!).
As with all wedding planning, as soon as you make one decision everyone asks you about 14 other decisions. The wedding dress is no different. Now the question is, “What are you going to do with the dress after the wedding?”. Part of me wants to keep it because I love it but I also am practical and wonder what good will a dress do in my closet forever? I was browsing around at different options and came across something that I am in love with: Brides Against Breast Cancer
BABC travels the country selling wedding dresses that have been donated to raise funds to help provide information and services to cancer patients and caregivers. As much as I love my dress and would love to have it in my closet for years of dress up, I love the idea of it being used for something so important.
Feel free to check out more about Brides Against Breast Cancer HERE
Married people: where did you get your dress? What did you do with it after the big day?
Everyone: Do you love TLC’s wedding shows as much as I do?
The answer is no. No one loves those shows as much as I do.
****Thank you for all of your kind comments on Tuesday’s post about finding the good in breast cancer. They meant the world to me<3