Dress, Given VII


Dress, Given VII | A Practical Wedding

I’ve hosted many dress giveaways now (seven to be exact!) and none of them has broken my heart like April’s did. Because there were so many of you that I wanted to give a dress too. I wanted to be like, dress, dress, dress, dress, hug, hug, hug, hug. But April only had one to give, and then April and I and all of you with your “exactly’s” seemed to be of one mind. April said, “It’s Amy’s post that has my heart and made me straighten up in my chair this morning and say, ‘DAY-UM, girlfriend. I feel you.’ Because, yeah – I was pretty much where she was last year: outta time – outta ideas – outta energy. And no frikkin dress (well, besides the one that wasn’t working).”

Dress, Given VII | A Practical Wedding

So the dress goes to Amy, who said:

I’m getting married in 59 days (yup, I’ve reached the point where I’m counting down the days) and I seemingly have nothing to wear yet. A few months ago I made the tragic mistake of buying a gorgeous Nicole Miller evening gown that I am in love with — for the amazing clearance price of 71 bucks. Since it was a clearance sale, there was only 1 size available — a size too small for me to wear. I (stupidly? misguidedly?) bought it anyway thinking I could somehow figure out a way to cram my body into it over the next couple of months. It was only $71, after all! However, here we are less than 2 months from the wedding and the dress (of course) still doesn’t fit. I’m a little heartbroken because I really do love the dress — but also exhausted by the idea that I have to now start looking for a new dress when I really kind of just want to coast into the wedding.

We’ve also pretty much maxed out the limit of what we can spend for this wedding. (We’re paying for the whole wedding ourselves). We’re getting married in New York City, of all places, which I think is possibly the worst place on earth to get married on a budget.

Throughout the getting hitched process, I’ve been patting myself on the back for all of my thrifty/practical decision-making. I thought that my $71 clearance dress was my biggest victory of all — until it became apparent that it was my biggest mistake. (Who knew I wouldn’t drop 2 dress sizes in three months? I know. Duh).

Anyway, based on your measurements, I think I’m pretty much EXACTLY your height/size. And I think that dress is beyond gorgeous. I’d love to be the lucky lady who gets to wear it this July.

Amy, email me, and we’ll make it happen. And you’re coming back as wedding graduate right? SOON too. Because we’re all ready to see this dress in it’s rightful home, being grinned in.

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  • http://amidlifeofprivilege.blogspot.com LPC

    These dress giveaways are almost my favorite thing on APW:).

    • meg

      I’m glad you said almost ;)

  • http://www.koruwedding.com KoruKate

    Congratulations Amy! You very much deserve it. Best wishes~

  • http://sochicsocheap.blogspot.com liz

    I KNOW.

    i read the comments and wonder how you pick a lucky girl

  • http://onecatoneperson.blogspot.com Angie

    YAY! Amy! Congratulations! You’ll look fabulous for your NYC wedding!

  • http://www.mysanfranciscobudgetwedding.wordpress.com Sarah

    Yay! I love these dress give aways, and it is so nice to be part of a community where everyone is so giving.

  • Nina

    I’m honored to have even been considered among such a deserving bride as Amy!

  • Allison

    Woohoo!! P.S. please show make sure that we see photos of you in this dress, it’s so VA-VA-Voom!
    Congrats!

  • KD

    Congrats!!

    I love the warm fuzzies of the dress give away!

  • http://katalystss.blogspot.com Kat

    Can’t wait for you to come back as a graduate Amy! The generosity in the APW community always astounds me into smiles! Have a blissful wedding day!

  • AussieAndy

    I need a warm and fuzzy. Thanks Meg and April. Congratulations Amy. You were my pick, because who hasn’t done the “I’ll buy it a little small and I’ll fit into it soon”? Heck, I did it last week. Have a fabulous wedding. Can’t wait to read your wedding graduate post xoxo

    • meg

      Am I weird? I always buy the “I’ll buy it big and make it work.” Eyeroll. You’d think I would have learned by now.

      • http://cuvikingadventures.blogspot.com/ Jenny

        I’ve done that! I always think that I can wash it in hot water and dry it and maybe it will shrink enough to fit right.

  • Allison

    Yay for you AMY! By any chance, are you selling your nicole miller dress?? I bought a dress out of desperation and am now in total remorse. I’m not sure what dress protocal is, but I thought it couldn’t hurt to ask. I am *almost* counting down days :)

  • agirlcalledred

    Yay! I’m so happy that Amy won this dress, it’s such a wonderfully classic design that she’ll have no trouble accessorising with it. Although the large stud earrings worn in these photos (of April?) look particularly awesome. Whooho for dresses with a story behind them!

    P.S. I just brought my dress fabric today and am ridiculously pleased with myself. They had ordered in many metre’s of a lace because a bride liked the edge pattern. So I scooped up the massive middle section for $75. Just had to share : )

  • http://irisira.wordpress.com irisira

    Yay Amy! So excited! Can’t wait to see the pictures!

  • April G.

    Yay for Amy! I can’t wait to see the pictures!

  • Emily

    Yay! I’m so happy that Amy won this dress, it’s such a wonderfully classic design that she’ll have no trouble accessorising with it. Although the large stud earrings worn in these photos (of April?) look particularly awesome. Whooho for dresses with a story behind them!

    P.S. I just brought my dress fabric today and am ridiculously pleased with myself. They had ordered in many metre’s of a lace because a bride liked the edge pattern. So I scooped up the massive middle section for $75. Just had to share : )

  • http://happyrain.org/ Emily

    Yay for you AMY! By any chance, are you selling your nicole miller dress?? I bought a dress out of desperation and am now in total remorse. I’m not sure what dress protocal is, but I thought it couldn’t hurt to ask. I am *almost* counting down days :)

  • http://laorencha.blogspot.com channamasala

    Such a gorgeous and flattering dress!

    That’s a huge compliment from my end: I normally don’t really care for white wedding dresses. But this one is really lovely.