Thursday, June 18, 2009

Stories From The Bridal Salon

I was talking with a friend today and she asked me what my craziest bridal salon story was, so I thought for a minute. I have tons of stories of moms hating their daughters favorite dress, brides yelling, brides crying. Everything you could imagine, but one of my favorite stories is this one...

I was working a slow Sunday last fall. My first appointment came in. It was a mom and her two daughters. The first daughter (the one getting married) was about 25 and her little sister was 22. I showed them all the gowns and left them alone to browse for a few minutes. When I came back they had quite the list of gowns they wanted to try on. Most of them were very simple gowns, with one exception that the sister had picked out. This specific gown was a La Sposa gown that was on the sample sale rack because it was from a previous season. It was a mermaid shape and made of lace and dotted swiss tulle. The bride did not love it but being the good sport she was she agreed to try it on for her sister.

The bride started trying on the gowns she had picked. She found a few she really loved but was not ready to commit, she then tried on the La Sposa gown for her sister. The bride HATED it. It was the farthest thing from her style, but her sister loved it. Since I did not have an appointment after theirs her mom urged the sister to try on the gown. Hesitant she went into the dressing room and came out in the gown. I have seen many brides fall in love with a gown, but never like this. She knew this was her dress, hands down, there would never be another gown like this. The only problem was, she was not engaged. She did have a pretty serious boyfriend, and they were planning on getting married someday, but she definitely was not at a place to buy the gown. Her mom and sister finally got her out of the gown and left to go get lunch.

A couple hours later and much to my surprise, they came back. Since I knew the bride had not found her dress I was a bit confused. The sister walked in and said that she was going to buy the La Sposa gown, hide it at her aunts house, and pray that she got engaged. I was a little bit surprised but after seeing how much she loved this gown, and how much she lit up when she was in it, it seemed to me that she was making the right decision.

Certainly not a bridezilla story but I thought it was one worth sharing. If working in the wedding industry has taught me anything, it is that unexpected things happen all the time and you just have to learn how to roll with them.


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  2. Nice. Crazy girls buying dresses when not engaged.