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Dreaming About “The Dress”

April 6, 2010

My name is Steph, I’m newly engaged, and I’m obsessed with wedding planning. I’m sure this is nothing new. I’m not the first bride to abandon her work, housekeeping duties, laundry, automobile maintenance or exercise routine (OK, maybe not the exercise routine—gotta fit into that dress!) and spend all her time flipping through wedding blogs, photo galleries and countless magazines. So, here I am. My bridesmaids are, I’m sure, sick of hearing me gush about electric blue flowers, turquoise linens and mercury glass. They’re certain to hear more in the next year and a half, but this outlet should at least spread my craziness around a bit.

Every few days, I find something new to obsess about. Currently, it’s dahlias. This obsession sprouted from the purchase of my Dream Dress. Yes, it requires capitalization. This is THE dress, people! My credit cards are still cringing from the shock of that deposit, but it was—and will be—worth every penny.

There she is. The Amsale Blue Label “Dahlia” gown. I ripped out magazine pages and saved digital images every time I laid eyes on it, but I never thought it’d be mine. Amsale’s Blue Label is only sold in very select retailers, you see. And the whole line is outside the arbitrary price limit I set for myself. But I had to try to find it. When a local bridal salon posted an Amsale trunk show, I dared to hope that maybe—just maybe—The Dress would travel for special events. I walked into the salon with my heart in my chest, and there she was. Right in front of me—on another girl! Get out of my dress, girl. I shouldn’t have even tried it on. It just cost too much. But I had to. I had to. And once it was on, that was that. End of story.

So now, I’m eagerly awaiting (only six months to go!) the arrival of my custom-made Amsale Blue Label “Dahlia” gown. And since it’s more detailed, more unique, more incredible than any dress I thought I’d end up with, it’s changed everything. So now, the real planning begins. The planning begins around The Dress. Here goes!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2010 3:46 pm

    It’s custom??? WOW. I love it even more. Family heirloom for sure.


    • May 25, 2010 4:26 pm

      I just saw this comment and thought I hadn’t replied to it ever, so I replied, but then I realized that I HAD replied, just not directly to your comment, so uhhhh, if you get a random comment in your email or something … Ignore it.

  2. April 9, 2010 3:48 pm

    Oh, it’s not custom in the sense that I’ll be the only human wearing it or anything! They’re just making it in the exact right length for me (plus 3.5″ heels!) and raising the neckline, so hopefully, I won’t need any alterations other than adding a bustle. =)

    • d hutcherson permalink
      May 25, 2010 4:18 pm

      Many brides resale their dresses after the wedding. Will you be doing that? If so, what size is the dress? When would it be available? What alterations have been done? I have also tried on this dress, and it is my favorite. But, sadly it is not in my budget. I have gone on to try on many other dresses, but nothing compares. Did you order this in cafe or ivory or white? My wedding is not until next year, so I have some time to look. thanks

      • May 25, 2010 4:28 pm

        Hi there. I just don’t know at this time if I’ll be re-selling the dress. I definitely will not be PRE-selling the dress, though, so I don’t think it would make your deadline either way. My wedding is next year, too! Good luck finding a way to get your hands on it – I can certainly relate to nothing else comparing!

  3. d hutcherson permalink
    May 26, 2010 9:19 am

    Keep my email address just in case. My wedding is June 24 2011. I am a size 2. thanks

    • Liz permalink
      January 24, 2011 12:38 am

      Hi There,

      I was wondering if you (or anyone else reading) had found this dress was looking to re-sell or rent the dress. I LOVE it, but am trying to stick to my budget.


  4. July 19, 2010 1:50 pm

    i got the same dress! i can’t wait until my first fitting.

  5. Lauren permalink
    January 10, 2011 5:02 pm

    I am traveling to see this dress this weekend but am scared of the price? Don’t mean to be too personal but would you mind telling me how much it was?

  6. mowoods permalink
    June 17, 2011 1:24 pm

    how much is the dress exactly?

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