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No Dress, No Problem

April 4, 2013 - Liz Skoczylas
A week ago today, I received a phone call from the boutique I purchased my wedding dress from.

I was supposed to go for my first dress fitting the next day. But there was one small problem. There was no dress.

I had ordered my wedding dress the same day I found it, back in July. They told me the dress would be in by mid-February, no problem.

That's when the problems began.

To re-cap from previous blogs, In February, the boutique called to let me know there would be a delay on my dress, because the spool of fabric had a defect. Then, there was another delay, because of the Chinese New Year, and my dress was coming from China. So, we made my first dress appointment for the end of March, although the owner of the boutique swore it would be in weeks before that. However, I was feeling like a chunky monkey, and I wanted time to shed a few more pounds before my first fitting, so we made the appointment for the end of March.

Which brings me to the day before the appointment, where I received a voicemail saying not to come out to the boutique, because, well, they weren't sure where the dress was.

Basically, the dress did not show up as planned. But, it also wasn't in China. It was just... missing. They were working to track it down.

Now, a missing dress is completely out of my hands. If it's not in China, and it's not at the boutique, what is there to do? I'm certainly not qualified to track down a missing wedding dress. So, I called my mom to let her know our appointment was cancelled due to a missing dress. No big deal.

Well, because she is in charge of all the worrying for the wedding, my poor mother made sure to worry enough for the both of us. She fretted that I would have to find an off-the-rack dress at the last minute. My brother, who specializes in custom vehicle upholstery, volunteered to make me a dress. I said I only wanted the dress I ordered -- and already paid for -- so I'd just have to get married naked if it didn't show up. Again, no big deal.

I honestly was not worried about the dress in the least, just because it was so out of my control. But, luckily, I got a phone call earlier this week that my dress had not only been tracked, it had shown up at the boutique. And, super-luckily, the owner of the boutique said the dress looks huge and will likely need to be taken in a lot... Which means, I hopefully don't have to worry about feeling like a chunky monkey. I guess I will find out tomorrow, because my first for-real dress fitting is actually happening.

Apparently, missing dresses happen all the time in the wedding biz. So, brides, if you are ordering a dress, I'd recommend not waiting til the last possible moment. And, if your dress doesn't show up when they say it will, sit back and sip some wine... or vodka. Whatever helps calm your nerves. Unless you are a mail special detective, it is out of your control, and you have to wait for things to work their course. No big deal.


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