Sunday, October 30, 2011

Tall Wedding Shopping Woes


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 dress, shoes and underoos that fit my abnormally long figure.


The Dress

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.  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.(Click "Read More" below the pic to read on).

Me in my "extra length" dress from Alfred Angelo


The Underoos

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 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!

The Shoes

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 these $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? I still have wedding fever and love hearing about all things wedding-y so leave me a comment and let me know.



11 comments:

Veronica said...

you definitely were a beautiful bride!

BAM said...

Why thanks! (Just don't tell anyone how much I paid you to say that...JK!)

auntp said...

Can't believe that was almost a year ago! Coming up on an anniversary:-)Such good memories...

BAM said...

I know! Can't believe it either! How does time fly so fast?!

Liz said...

Wow! What a beautiful dress! Do have pictures of the front or did I miss them...

BAM said...

Thanks Liz! And it was surprisingly comfortable too! If you go to my post entitled Online Shopping and Wedding (Guest) Dress Woes (http://www.longleggy.com/2011/09/online-shopping-and-wedding-guest-dress.html), you can see a pic of the front toward the bottom of the post. =)

Liz said...

So Pretty!

Krista said...

Wow, what a gorgeous dress and bride! I was lucky enough to find a wedding dress that only needed minor alternations.

BAM said...

Thanks Krista! And that's great to hear about not needing a lot of alterations!

Nova said...

I had my mom custom make me a simple dress from a pattern. The patterns have built-in areas for lengthening and shortening and it worked perfectly. I've tried on other fancy dresses and the waist sits around my ribs. *sigh*

BAM said...

Thanks for sharing your experience Nova! I'm so glad to hear you were able to have the perfect custom made dress!! My grandma also made my mom's dress for her back in the day and it was beautiful!