I hope you have all had a great Christmas, and New Year. This month has been a super busy month for me, with the family visiting for the holidays, and planning my engagement party, as well as facing quiet possibly one of the worse wedding disaster of all time! It’s safe to say that December has been bumpy, but thankfully with all the love, and support around me I was able to turn things around. Today’s post is going to be rather personal, I am going to share with you my latest misfortunate experience, or shall I say bump in the road, while planning my special day.
Wedding Dress Disaster:
After my fiancée proposed, I set on a mission to plan our wedding early, in order to leave us enough time to relax and enjoy the final months, at least that’s how I imagined it to be. For me the first part of the planning process was to find the perfect wedding dress, as most of you know it could take up to 8 months to order a new dress. After visiting several bridal boutiques in London, I had my heart set on a gown from Pronovias. The lady who served me said “I was the only bride who knew exactly what she wanted from the moment I walked in”. I have been dreaming about this day all my life, I knew what look I wanted, and I was more than happy with the gown I chose.
Months passed, I got busy with more planning, resting assure that my dress was going to arrive in October. As they say I closed one eye, and opened the other, and before I knew it, October was here! I was so excited to see my dress, but I was definitely not prepared for what was going to happen. I had originally tried on the runway collection, which fit like a glove, I actually could have walked out with the dress. My first fitting was a disaster, in fact it looked nothing like the one I tried on the first time, it had less shape to it, and seemed very uneven. The seamstress then said a sentence no bride ever wants to hear 3 months before the wedding “You have gained weight”! I kept a calm face but inside I was about to collapse. It didn’t make any sense to me, I knew I was the same size but the seamstress placed doubt in my head. I trusted that she is the expert, and knows what she is doing. The plan of action was to take the dress out by 1cm and adjust the length along with a few other things. I am not going to lie, I was not happy, I actually disliked the dress, I recall leaving the shop and calling my sister telling her how unhappy I was. My second fitting was not until 1 month later, I thought it was a bit late, but thinking I’ve gained weight I needed time to lose it.
It was December, after a month of starvation thinking I won’t fit into my dress, I returned to Pronovias with my sister, and mother. My dress was a complete disaster, the material just did not sit properly, the seamstress had not completed all the work and it was just a hot mess. I really did not expect this service or standard from Pronovias. After standing up for an hour in my dress getting pinned from every angle in hope to fix the dress it turned out that I have not gained weight after all, and it was not my fault the dress was like that, it actually arrived faulty from Barcelona. There was 2 weeks left till Christmas, and less than a month before I leave for my destination wedding. I needed a plan B, I wanted someone anyone to reassure me that there is a solution to this misfortunate incident. I got nothing! The manager said they would fix my existing dress, if not then they will bring me the same dress again. I kept calm and collected even though inside me I had a bride running around in circles screaming. I gave them two extra days to amend the fault, but in my head I was prepared for the worse, and for good reason I was right.
Two days later, my dress was even worse. They were not able to fix the problem, in fact at this point the seamstress had lost her rude attitude that “she knows what she is doing” and was more sympathetic. After the manager came to see the disaster they have sold me, surprisingly they managed to get out 3 different sizes in the same dress, to see whether it was my dress that’s faulty or the design it self. Answer was, the design it self was faulty, at that point I broke down. It was a week left before the Christmas holidays, it is physically impossible to get a dress at such short notice, even to find a dress in my size. After spending months with an image in my head, I can no longer have that. The manager tried her best to find me a dress in my size that they have in stock, but I did like either of them, they just didn’t do it for me. 3 hours later, with stress and confusion, I agreed to the only option they had for me. The dress needed further alteration, I was too worried to take that risk. After taking a moment to really think things through, I realised that if I had more time, I wouldn’t buy that dress, in fact I didn’t even like it that much, I was not comfortable, or happy.
Pronovias have a really good reputation when it comes to designing dresses, but on this occasion I disagree, if anything they have ruined my special day, stressed me out, and made me think I’ve gained weight! They left me in a terrible position, I didn’t know what to do? I can’t postpone my wedding, but I don’t have a dress. No bride should ever have to go through that. I am writing this post today, in aim to advise future brides not to wait too long before your first fitting no mater who the supplier is, to always be prepared for the worse, and to not settle for anything they are not happy with. I am now in a big dispute with Pronovias, as they have not refunded my instalments. In the posts to come, I will include what I did next to solve this wedding disaster. (Click here for part 2)