Tuesday, October 07, 2014
I'm still alive and well, I promise! ;) I know it has been a VERY long time since I last blogged and even signed on to Sparkpeople. Planning a wedding, taking care of my uncle, house work, and an unpredictable work schedule has really taken up a huge chunk of my time so I'm not on Sparkpeople as much as I'd love to. Also exercise has been taking up a chunk of time as well since I try my best to get as much exercise as I can without being worn out.
A lot has happened over the course of the past month... My maid of honor flew in from Seattle and we were able to pick out the dress with one of my bridesmaids! The dress looked great on both girls and yesterday I had another bridesmaid get fitted in the dress and it looked good on her too! I have 2 more bridesmaids to get fitted and have their dresses ordered. It was such a great weekend when my maid of honor was here visiting! We went out to lunch, went to a bunch of different shops to try on clothes, picked out my outfit for my engagement photos that are going to be later this month, and she got to dry on bridesmaid dresses.
When my maid of honor and I went to David's Bridal we went to alterations first so I could try on my dress and see what would need to be done in terms of alterations... let's just say my experience was horrible! The alterations woman had me lift my arms up so see the top of the dress and she said "Oh my goodness look at your flabby arms! There's so much skin." she had me take the dress off and put me in a size 12 to see if it would work better than the size 10 that was ordered. While I was changing she was talking to my maid of honor and told her "you know there's a lot of exercises she can do to fix those arms." Really?! I instantly became pissed off! We were able to have the store order a size 12 and I will need to have it taken in and add a bustle which would be $160.00. We walked out to my maid of honor's car to put stuff away so we could get ready for the bridesmaid dress appointment and I began to cry. I never felt so hurt, belittled, humiliated, and embarrassed in my entire life!
A few days later I was able to calm down and wrote David's Bridal and message on Facebook and was contacted by the district manager who offered me 20% back to my debit card for what happened. She e-mailed me the next day to apologize again and told me the dress was on sale right now so she gave me the sales price as well as a discount for what I went through. I ended up with $316.11 back! That will pay for the alterations, my flower girl's dress, and my fiance's sister's bridesmaid dress. All in all I am happy with the end result but it still left a bad taste in my mouth. It was definitely something I never would have expected and I was so shocked that it happened.
Overall I've been doing well! We did a cater tasting that went really well so I will be signing the contract today and dropping off the down payment this week. They offered me a 5% discount for paying with cash so that is a savings in itself! Also the dj contract has been signed and a 50% deposit has been made. He gave me $100 off because he had forgotten he was going to match another dj's quote. So I am saving money left and right which is a huge help! Weddings truly are expensive! I'm trying my best to cut costs and keep cost down which has been sort of working. I lucked out and am getting a free engagement photo shoot from a friend of mine who is trying to build up her portfolio. We're doing a pumpkin patch theme with the pumpkins and hay bales! I got some stencils, white spray paint, and 4 pumpkins so we can paint "I do May 31st 2015" on them. It'll be sooo cute!