In spite of my dress plan, there are a couple of things to consider, 1. how much will the total cost be and 2. would it just be easier to buy a designer dress in the sales?
When it comes to wedding attire, although I love the idea of skirt and top to make a change from a dress, it will always be a dress for me personally, I don't do skirts often and the other thing about the dresses I choose, they have to be patterned and more than likely, floral. I like being able to pick up a colour from a multi-coloured fabric for my shoes and accessories. I see other people looking lovely in block colours but they are not for me personally, not for a wedding anyway.
After this post was initially drafted, I got the number of a local dressmaker who ironically has given up dressmaking and now does just alterations but assures me that it would cost me far more to get a dress made than to pick up a designer number in the sales. So it's back to the drawing board on that one then.
I have seen a couple online that I quite like but I am not sure that I like then enough, not sure that they are different enough. I wouldn't hesitate normally but it is my daughters wedding and I can't get this damn vision of what I want out of my head, which of course, isn't out there anywhere on planet earth!
A lot of what I do like is out of budget even in the sale, scrolling through NAP falling in love with something only to find it's by Valentino and cost's more than my daughters actual wedding dress GAH!
This Diane Von Furstenburg at Matches ticks a few of my multi-coloured boxes and half price at £162.
I love the prints that Saloni uses and was thinking that I could possibly get this made into a short sleeved dress. I particularly like the idea of the pink beaded shoulders (difficult to see in picture above) and waistband detail on this silk jersey option again half price at Matches currently £169.
This Maxmara Studio floral dress is an excellent price with 50% off at only £127 but I really must have sleeves on this occasion.
Love, love, love this Nina Ricci, perfect print, length and short sleeves but sadly too expensive at £570 and not in my size anyway. Gutted.
I've liked this Hoss Intropia dress from John Lewis for some time but not sure about the black and it goes against all the things I feel I want in a dress for the wedding, it must be the massive reduction that's reeling me in! Was £253 now £101.20!
I don't know why I didn't think of looking for a dress in the sales when they started, there would have been more of what I like in my size and budget, sadly there really isn't a lot now.
Lets hope the summer sales start early, the weddings on 27th June.
Have you shopped ahead for any weddings you have this year in the sales?