[Wendi & Shari, pre-ceremony]

The Dress
I bought the dress at the Jessica McClintock store in Seattle's Westlake Mall only two days after becoming engaged, and less than ten minutes after beginning my search for a wedding dress. It was the first dress I tried on, I liked it, and so I bought it.

The store promised to deliver the dress in two to six weeks, but it actually arrived in less than one week. It needed no alterations.

The dress style was called "Sherrie" and I believe it may have been left over from the previous spring's bridal line. It's an informal wedding dress, tea-length and no train, and no big, foofy skirt either! I am short, so a tea-length dress is actually perfect floor-length on me. I had a choice of ivory or white; I chose ivory. White just seemed a little too... white, I guess.

I wore the dress with a pearl necklace borrowed from my mother, faux pearl earrings, ivory dyed shoes I bought at Nordstrom Rack, ivory-pearl tights, an ivory garter, the approprate lingerie, and a headpiece and veil I made myself from supplies I found at Michael's and House of Fabric.

The total cost of my outfit, including the dress, was just under $260. Very low budget. :)

Photo: Wendi and the maid of honor, Shari, just before the ceremony.

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