I once nicknamed wedding dress hunting as, "Say Hell No to the Dress".
I am not one of those giddy I LOVE TO PLAN MY WEDDING types. The reality is that we're having a destination wedding, on the beach and I didn't care at all about the frock. In fact, I planned to buy it a couple of months before the big day, online. Wow, listen to all those gasps!
Well, one of my organized bridesmaids dragged me here to start the adventure. I was NOT pleased. When greeted by the poor saleslady that (un)luckily was paired with me, I said "No beads, no bling, no lace, no frills and no high price". Take that!
Lo and behold it was sample sale time! I scored the BEST DRESS EVER - a Manual Mota (the truth: never heard of the dude until that day) Spring 2010 frothy ivory gown. $1000 off the original price. It was the first dress I tried on. Done and done.
Oh, and props to Nancy, the most delightful sales lady who genuinely understood my off-kilter requests and sense of humor. Gorgeous, spacious private dressing rooms too.
Yes, I give HCtB 5 stars because I found a beautiful gown at a great price, the sales lady REALLY listened to me, and I was in and out in less than 40 minutes without so much one fleeting thought that the experience sucked it.
And did I mention that the dress makes me look 10 pounds lighter and 10 inches taller? Boo-yah!