[from Island Bride Jamaica-- with tips on how to fix a stuck zipper!]
Or, On My Dress Not Fitting.
Um, yeah...my dress doesn't fit. See if this makes sense to you:
- I tried on the dress at the shop
- It was a 6, and fit almost perfectly (a little tight)
- I ordered an 8.
- While waiting for the dress to arrive, I lost weight.
- The dress came, and I can't even zip it up.
- The brand has since discontinued the style, and now the company I bought it from won't take it back or exchange the dress.
First, 3 ways to avoid this mess:
- DON'T get a dress from Alfred Angelo
- DON'T order from a third party, even though it's cheaper/you had a horrible experience at an Alfred Angelo store.
- DON'T order a dress that's about to be discontinued.
- Give it away. A few wedding bloggers have started this pay-it-forward type trend of passing on their wedding gowns to brides-to-be. Check out A Practical Wedding and 2000 Dollar Wedding.
- Sell it. Preownedweddingdresses.com (they charge $25 for the listing until you sell it), Once Wed, Recycled Bride, ebay, amazon, craiglist...
- Donate it. Not to be confused with giving it away, where brides write in to say why they want/deserve the gown, donating it means putting it in a big bag and schlepping it your local donation center or drop-box. There's also Brides Against Breast Cancer, Operation Prom*, and Donate My Dress.
- Tear it up and make something new. The skirt part fits, so maybe I could take the bodice off, work some magic, and have a pretty, lacy skirt. Or get more extreme, and use pieces of the dress as decoration at our wedding...or make a Halloween costume for the cat**...
*At my junior prom, I remember this one senior showing up in this HUGE, white ballgown. It must have been a wedding dress.
**I would never actually do that.