We found a wedding dress – Orange County Register

So. My daughter is getting married. Those of you who have female children, try to avoid this if possible. It’s expensive and it may not give good results.

If you have a child like mine, however, your words will fall softly on her, like big snowflakes that melt and disappear in an instant. And then she will do exactly what she wants. Which is to become legally bound to someone of the opposite sex, at an age when they really should be doing, well, almost anything else. Children this age have no idea what it means to be married. Some of you think, “Well, neither did you, Marla Jo, because you never made it down the aisle.”

It’s true. I forgot to get married. But, just like people who never had kids have a lot of advice for you on how to raise them, I have a lot of advice on getting married after watching my friends go through epic battles. to divorce.

Some of you may remember that last week I took my beautiful daughter, Curly Girl, to downtown LA to shop for a wedding dress in the tailoring district. Which they prefer you call the “fashion district”. Shopping in the garment district can be a lot of fun, if you’re adventurous and don’t mind the grime. There are all kinds of stores, from high-end designers to cheap knockoffs from that country halfway around the world that will soon own us.

Curly Girl is getting married in May to her sweetheart, a very nice guy with even curlier hair than her. After months of searching, we found a place on Mount Baldy where she could get married in the wild, but also dine and dance at a price her mother couldn’t afford, but still spent the money.

This venue is almost all inclusive which makes me happy as I don’t want to do a stubborn thing on my daughter’s wedding day. I just wanna show up and crack jokes and drink champagne. However, they do not include a wedding dress.

That’s why we went to downtown LA I don’t know when you last bought a wedding dress, but these days the average dress costs $1,631, according to Brides magazine. Ha ha ha ha ha ha. That’s more than I paid for my first car, so no. Not on your life.

In another article from Brides magazine, a bride shared how she ‘saved’ $1,040 by buying a $2,599 dress on sale for just $1,559. Seriously. Such a deal. It’s like a nuclear arms race, where the more one side spends, the more everyone thinks they have to spend too.

I mean, let’s say you wear your wedding dress for five hours. That’s $312 an hour for a dress you’ll never wear again. It will not arrive.

Curly Girl has been so busy with her work lately that she hasn’t started the dress shopping process. I was doing it for her by scrolling through the dresses on my phone while I was watching TV. When she first told me she wanted a dress with a corset-like bodice, I was horrified, as I imagined her walking down the aisle half-naked. But, after careful reading, I realized that these dresses had modesty panels that kept everything inside and hidden, while showing everything else.

I found a dress she liked, texted her, and we went to see her at a store in downtown LA. She had already decided before our arrival that it was her dress. In this boutique, you try on samples, then they have your dress made in China and shipped to you. We were the only customers there on a recent morning so we had the run of the place. Our stylist had already pulled several of the dresses that I thought she would like, and she tried them on.

He was amazed at how quickly she put on and took off dresses. He is a decisive person. As expected, she loved the dress with the skinny bodice. But, then she found a dress that showed even more flesh and started crying, I guess that’s the universal symbol for “I found the perfect dress”. I like his choice. It’s lightweight and stretchy and covers all the necessities while showing off her amazing collection of tattoos. And it was appropriate for an outdoor mountain wedding. No cathedral train here. She won’t walk a red carpet at Westminster Abbey.

I was thrilled that I was able to write a check for $667 and walk out, including the dress, shipping, and taxes. We will be worried about alterations when the dress arrives because they wanted me to pay $500 up front but I just couldn’t see it. Even though Curly Girl’s biological grandmother, Judy, pays for the dress. Thanks Judy!

Then we went around the corner and found a veil she liked for $25.

What’s amazing is that we had a great time and without any arguments. It was a first. Usually shopping with my daughter is a bumpy experience, but not this time. I would like to recommend this store, but let’s see how the dress arrives and if it turns up on time. Then I will let you know.

Next step: tasting the cake. I’m sure this will be my favorite part.

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