Monday, May 24, 2010

Dress Drama Update – 11 Days Out!

With only 11 days left until I walk down the aisle, things are finally looking up in the dress department, ladies!

As I mentioned in my dress meltdown post a couple weeks ago, I ordered my new Alfred Angelo gown late in February, and it wasn’t even scheduled to arrive until after May 7. If that weren’t already cause enough for a freak-out, the Alfred Angelo shop then told me they wouldn’t be able to start my alterations until May 20 – nine days before the trip out to California!

Well, when I got the call that the gown was finally in, I started hustling to see what other options there might be. I guess the stars aligned for me, because with a little research, I was able to find a fantastic local custom-gown designer willing to meet with me for alterations within the next couple days. Score!


My first two fittings, within a week of each other, went well, with not a lot of work needed, other than adding a bustle, plus taking the dress in a couple inches in the back and at the bust. And my dilemma of not having enough time to ship the gown to California before I leave town? Well, I’m taking a pass on shipping altogether by carrying the gown onto the plane with me, which I already cleared with the airline.

My gown will spend the flight hanging peacefully in the first class closet at the front of the plane, and I can take a load off knowing it will arrive on time, hand delivered by none other than the bride herself. Whew! Crisis averted, big time!

What’s the biggest “crisis” that’s thrown a wrench into your wedding plans?

(Photo Credit: Google Images)

16 comments:

  1. I am so glad you found a local designer for your alterations.
    We told you everything was going to work out perfectly for you :-)))).

    Honestly I wouldn't take the chance on shipping it to California. I think you made the right decision taking your dress with you making sure it arrives safely and on time.

    I haven't had any "crisis" yet...but I am sure I will.
    It comes with the Planning a destination wedding package :-).

    ~lilian~

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  2. Glad you found another option. I meet brides almost every week who tell me about their horror stories about getting their dress.

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  3. This scares me - but it makes me happy to know that everything is all well and good. Nothing like a little crisis before the wedding to keep you on your toes!

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  4. Whew! I'm glad everything worked out!
    And I can't believe you are so close! This is so exciting!

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  5. So glad everything worked out! What a relief!

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  6. I think hand delivering it is the best way to make sure its handled exactly how you'd like it to be. So glad the dress arrived and had time to get fixed for your big day! 11 days, so exciting!!!

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  7. Ok, how cool is that the airline is letting you take it on the flight and keep it in the first class closet? Very lucky...would definitely be a load off of my mind for sure. And glad the fittings went well, too. I had a couple last minute crises (sp?) that came up but they mostly had to do with the in-laws throwing things my way that I had to swat at with a tennis racquet to thwart off! :) It all worked out in the end and I didn't have any truly wedding related melt downs.

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  8. I know how relieved you must be to be able to carry your own dress. Anything worth doing... right? Thankfully my little beauty is hanging in my closet as we speak and there were no alterations needed as it fit like a glove.

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  9. Phew! What a relief :) I'm so happy for you, and having your gown with you on the plane will be a huge relief!

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  10. Did you have to pay the airline a fee to allow you to borrow the first class closet, or are they allowing you use of the closet because you're flying first class?

    That is such a smart solution...shipping a dress cross-country sounds very scary! I wouldn't have even thought to call the airline to ask!

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  11. Thanks goodness things are working out. I would have preferred hand carry anyway - I know you'll take great care of your gown!

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  12. Glad you're carrying it on - that way nothing can go wrong!

    Getting so close now!!!

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  13. Thanks, everyone! I’m so excited! Lisa, the airline told me that it doesn’t matter whether you fly first class or coach. They are happy to accommodate the gown in the first class closet either way!

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  14. Nice airline! Good to know...

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  15. I know! It sounds great! And no fee, either!

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  16. So glad you managed to get it sorted; looking forward to seeing it!

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