Tuesday, July 19, 2011

wedding dress - update

So I went to consult Nigerian designer I mentioned in my earlier and guess how much my bill was N350,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. (not that the style was anything complicated o! apparently anything that has lace starts from 300k) That was way above my budget and my budget is pretty healthy. I guess that’s typical of us Nigerians, to carve a niche for yourself, you have to be expensive, plus business is good, she had many brides-to-be waiting for consultation as well.
Anyways, I checked some stores and some naija bridal store here and concluded that most of the dresses here are china (inferior made). I am still cringing from some of the “lace” in some of the dresses I saw.

After endless souring online I finally found the dress, It is a Maggie Sottero dress. It is simple, elegant, mermaid style, with lace and Swarovski crystals, it has a long train and comes with inner corset. I am so excited!!!!!!!!!!!! Even though it was a teeny weeny bit over my budget plus the fact that I changed dollars for N165 did not help. Bottomline, I have ordered the dress in Ivory and I’ll get it early November. I know someone is thinking to herself all wedding dresses are made in China, yes I know!!! Afterall even Vera Wang does not stay up stitching dresses herself, but I guess Quality Control and Assurance goes a long way.

With my dress sorted, I can face my bridesmaid dresses in August. I have decided not to be involved in tailor matter, or style matter, for obvious reasons, I have been bridesmaid thrice and I hated the style the bride chose for us, I hated the tailor’s handiwork too (terrible finishing). Therefore, we’ll collectively buy the fabric for all bridesmaid so that the fabric would be uniform, then each individual can pick out a style (show me first of course just for my information!) and a tailor and make her dress. Only the Chief Bridesmaid wears a long dress though.
I have also started making a list of vendors, though I have contacted no one yet.

I went to a wedding recently, the couple (bride and groom) were Delta igbo, but the band kept playing Yoruba songs!!!!! I guess these are the softer stuff I should be taking note of.

28 comments:

Mbabazi said...

reading this makes me nostalgic thinking i have to go through all this. Mine is early next year but i dont feel like planning those details now. I am definitely having the brides do their own dresses too.

downtheaisle said...

congrats on ur engagement...so we shd expect more wedding news

*SweetlyBroken* said...

It's good you found your wedding dress now. That's one of the main worries for brides. Good luck on you wedding and congratulations!

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N.I.L (Naijamum in London) said...

*sigh* at the cost of the wedding dress.
All I can say is WOW.

Congrats at your engagement. Take it easy with the spending oh. No matter how much you spend, there'll always be more to spend on.

N.I.L (Naijamum in London) said...

*sigh* at the cost of the wedding dress.
All I can say is WOW.

Congrats at your engagement. Take it easy with the spending oh. No matter how much you spend, there'll always be more to spend on.

P.E.T. Projects said...

Wow 350k?
Thank God there are other options. I think its quite thotful of u to let ur bridesmaids pick their style that way they can rock the clothes thereafter as opposed to decorating their closet with it!

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Blessing said...

Aww, glad you found the dress!!!

I like you jare, giving your bridemaids the liberty to choose their own styles and tailors...smart idea!

Myne Whitman said...

That's one of your biggest problems out of the way. And I like that you're giving friends the leeway to make their own dresses.

All the best in the coming months, take it easy with money o, towards the wedding, you'll be surprised so many exenses can come up.

Okeoghene said...

Congrats once again and I wish you the very best as you prepare.

Rebirth said...

Awwww i am glad you found a dress. I love love love Maggie Sotero :)
All the best hun

dosh said...

hmmm...your dress sounds pretty, you got me all excited and kudos on letting your bride's maids pick out their styles and tailor's...that's really the best thing you can do for them.

Congratulations on your engagement, i wish you the best. Bless you

Fluffycutething said...

***hugs babe****

Take 'naija mum in London's' advice na true word she tell you !!!

Miss A said...

Yay !! Congratulations on picking the dress...
Keep us posted on the details as you progress...

cosmopolitandiva said...

omg doll you should check out doris maxwell for bridesmaids dresses. she's the best and i can get u a discount. good job on ordering ur dress from here, 350 for that person we discussed is a bit much abeg

Mimi B said...

350k sha...hian Naija designers *SMH*

My dear im glad you've found your dress. Now you can focus on other things

~Sirius~ said...

Maggie Sotero was also one of my options back when I was in your shoes.....she has lovely designs.

...yaaaaay for dress, at least that's out of the way....

*sigh* I won't plan a wedding for myself again even if I'll be paid........err, maybe if the money can buy me eternal happiness.

Breeze said...

Wedding Palavar! I mean the planing and all that! Congrats on ur engagement and wishing

Ibhade said...

congrats on finding the wedding gown of your dream.

Nixon said...

Congratulations on your wedding! Let all your dreams come true and every minute be a feast!


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Pretty Lashes said...

OMG my dress is a Maggie one too!!!

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Bunmi Ajagunna said...

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