Everyone – or at least everyone who owns a television, a radio, or a computer and doesn’t live under a rock – knows about Black Friday and all of its craziness, but have you ever heard of Blue Saturday? Neither had I. Until, of course, I went veil shopping with Sister Library this past Saturday.
I figured the hunt for a veil would be pretty painless. After all, the hunt for the dress had gone so smoothly and I already knew what I wanted: a single layer white veil with simple pearls and a thin edge. Simple, right? The bargain hunter in me wanted to check prices, though, so off on the hunt we went.
First stop: Scarborough to check in on a little bridal/tailor shop. I had seen the website and knew that I might not find what I was looking for, but it was worth a shot. I like to support independent stores, anyway. Unfortunately, all of the beading on the veils was gold, the veils were too short, and the prices were too high. In short, it was a no-go.
Second stop: David’s Bridal in Portland. I have typically heard nothing but complaints about this store, but I thought I would give it a try anyway. Not everything can be bad, right? So Sister Library and I scoured the parking lot for a spot, telepathically arm wrestled a large, rather hairy looking man in a gas-guzzling SUV for a tiny spot, won, and squeezed in. Once in the store, we skirted around the salespeople to really get a feel for what we were dealing with. I find that it can be hard to make a decision with someone constantly making suggestions and trying to get you to buy, buy, BUY!
Since she is my sister, Sister Library went straight for the clearance rack. We chuckled over some of the leftover dresses and tried to think of any appropriate weddings someone would dawn them for (honestly… neon yellow with maroon?). We even took a few spins in the “fur” capes set up for winter weddings.
After a few passes through the clearance dresses, one caught my eye. It was Sister Library’s bridesmaid’s dress, only in orange. What was it doing on the clearance rack? Did this go for hers as well? I went down a few sizes to my own size to scope out deals, and there it was.
Her beautiful dress was DISCONTINUED! A little shocked and confused, I picked up the dress and asked a sales associate for help. They checked into the computer and, sure enough, it was discontinued. I asked why I wasn’t contacted, and they said they had called everyone. A month and a half ago. Wow… talk about a time to be nobody special. I’m sure they could see the look of “oh God, I have to find something else that works perfectly with all of the other bridesmaids’ dresses?!” on my face, so they gently asked how many I needed. One. Just. One.
“Oh, why didn’t you say so? Of course we can get you one! What size?” With that, the crisis was averted and Sister Library was thrown into a dressing room to find her size. A few trials and tribulations later (DB bras add a LOT of padding), we were in business. As our sales helper went off to find where our amazing dress could be shipped from, we went to try out some veils. It took me no time at all to find the category I wanted, and with a little help and some consideration for the details in my dress, I picked out my veil. It was exactly what I wanted and had planned on getting! Plus, the price tag didn’t break the bank.
Away went our sales helper to find the veil. Away went Sister Library and I to the shoe department.
I have commented on numerous posts about how I want blue shoes for my wedding. It’s the color of my girls’ dresses, my favorite color, and is pretty symbolic for an art lover. I had mentioned this to Sister Library and to the sales helper, and before I knew it, I had these on my feet:
For some, they may have been a bridemaid’s worst nightmare. Who wears print shoes? Well, I do! They were the perfect size, and, like Sister Library’s dress, they were on clearance! You cannot argue with $65 shoes marked down to $30. Sister Library loved the ones in silver (all of my girls are wearing silver shoes), so she picked those up as well. It’s kind of special that we have matching shoes for the big day.
What could have been a blue day for depression due to lack of dresses turned into a blue day filled with wonderful blue bridesmaid and bridal apparel. Have any of you had nail-biting moments with details you have fallen in love with?