IUS Chancellor’s Medallion 70th Anniversary – attire: formal.
I love dressing up mostly because I love dresses. I’m not really a girlie girl so it doesn’t take me long to get dressed to go out. I gave myself 30 minutes to get ready and all was well UNTIL I started trying on dresses. Project fail went into full effect!
When you have less than six months to plan a wedding, everything must be done at a rapid pace. The location, photographers, wedding cake – everything had to be locked into place pretty early on because most of them were already booked for an event.
When I first went wedding dress shopping, each location would tell me that I needed to order the dress ASAP to ensure I would receive it on time. Time was definitely of the essence. I drove to each bridal store in Louisville. I found the dress I thought I wanted. On Election Day 2010, I also stopped by The Bridal Suite of Louisville. They had a rack of dresses deeply discounted on sale for $100. One of the sale dresses was the same dress I wanted at the other store – at a MUCH cheaper price. I left the store to think about the purchase, but Milton said I needed to go back in and buy it. It was a deal I couldn’t beat.
Fast forward to last week. I had dropped my dress off to be fitted and the day had come to pick it back up. I was excited to see it, but nervous to see if she (we’ll call her SH) could make the correct alterations. I was also a little set off by the alterations lady because she asked to be paid in cash. Because of that, I arrived with a chip on my shoulder. As I arrived at her house, her husband was working in the garage. He asked if SH was supposed to meet me. I said yes.
SH wasn’t there. She thought my 11:00am appointment was at 5:00pm. She said she’d be there in 15 minutes. So now the chip on my shoulders has become a boulder. She lived in a different end of town and I’d driven 25 minutes to get there. I start doubting SH and tell myself I should have worked with someone else. She pulls into the driveway 16 minutes later and we walk into her basement. I put on my half smile and try on the dress. My half smile turns into a beaming smile as I realize that she did a great job taking it in and tweaking it!
Any doubt, negative views or issues that I had with SH were overshadowed by her amazing work at a very reasonable price. I left a happy bride-to-be. Operation wedding countdown – 16 days!