Shopping Online

Shopping online has somehow become both a godsend and the bane of my existence now that I am planning a wedding. Occasionally, I find something really great, like some apothecary jars, and I do a little happy dance at finding exactly what I needed. But it seems like more often than not, I order something, it shows up, and it doesn’t work. Then I have to go to the trouble of returning it, which is a big hassle. Or maybe I thought it was going to be perfect so I didn’t care that I couldn’t return it. And then it doesn’t look at all like the picture, so I’m stuck with it.

So let this be a warning to all of you who are like me. When wedding planning, you will probably have a list about a mile long of random stuff you need. Be cautious with what you buy online. Because you may not end up saving time or money. Allow me to share with you some of my failed shopping attempts.

I recently mentioned my dreams of beautiful shoes. Because I can’t afford my beloved Kate Spade shoes, I’ve been searching (and searching and searching) for other shoes I love. (Update: I got some AWESOME suggestions from fellow bees!! I’m waiting for them to arrive”¦we’ll see how it goes.) Here are just some of the shoes that I have bought (and returned) from DSW.

Image from DSW

Image from Polyvore

Image from DSW

Image from DSW

I reeeeeeeeally thought those last ones were going to be beautiful. And I ordered them in the light blue color too (I can’t seem to download a picture to show you.) And the blue color was to die for. But”¦ the shape of the shoe isn’t right. So at the end of the day, no shoes for me. All that’s happened is that I’ve driven to DSW about a million times to return shoes (and ended up buying some while I’m there, so in the end, this strategy hasn’t saved me money at all).

(Of course, I didn’t take my own advice, and I just bought these shoes online from zappos. But”¦ they’re soooo close to my dream shoes.)

Image from Zappos

See how out of control you can get?? I’ve already banned myself from buying a dress for my rehearsal dinner online. It’s bound to fail.

What else have I tried (and failed) to buy online?

- a cute robe for getting ready the morning of the wedding (can’t return it)

- a cute “bride” tank top (can’t return it)

- a flower for my hair

- tights for the rehearsal dinner (The colors are never the same as they look online! Argh!!)

- earrings (I ended up changing my mind. Don’t buy your accessories too early!)

- strapless bra (Really”¦why would I think this could ever work? I ordered four sizes of two bras and none fit.)

Now that it’s all written down, I think I see a theme here. Be very careful about buying online things that you plan on wearing on your body. This isn’t a big deal for regular life, because”¦well, most people don’t daydream about the “perfect” shoe that you’re going to wear next Tuesday. If it’s a little off, who cares? But for your wedding, you may be dreaming of something very very particular. And from my experience, the picture you see online is rarely what shows up on your doorstep.

Of course, it hasn’t all been failure. What have I actually been successful at buying online?

- apothecary jars

- a photo printer for a DIY photo booth

- props for the photo booth

Wow. I thought this list was going to be longer. Apparently my online shopping hasn’t really been all that successful!

Am I really unlucky or has everyone had this much trouble shopping online??

BLOGGER

Mrs. Blue Whale

Location:
College Park, MD
Wedding Date:
May 2013

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    missmovies 351 posts, Helper bee @ 5:36 am

    Shopping online is sooo hit and miss, so I try and focus on things I know will be hard to mess up…. I rarely buy from “new” retailers unless they offer shipping both ways. Hang in there!

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    Alison, Guest @ 5:57 am

    Aw, I love this post and I’m sorry about all of your unsuccessful buys. One of the nice things about the internet is maybe you can sell them on another site, rather than returning the items? I’m sure some of the bees out here would love them for their weddings :)

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    emma20130601 341 posts, Helper bee @ 6:05 am

    I just received my shoes yesterday (the ones that you finally bought) and they fit perfectly and they are more gorgeous in person than in the picture! Just to let you know ;) Hopefully you’re as happy with them as I am! :)

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    NVACat 349 posts, Helper bee @ 6:19 am

    I have gone through 6 pairs of shoes on Zappos already! Luckally I found “the one”! I also went through 6 different dresses for our engagement party and engagement pictures…. and somehow did not end up returning any of them!

    Online shopping is dangerous!

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    chocolatecoveredstrawberry 532 posts, Busy bee @ 6:21 am

    Yes! I have had a nightmare experience with purchasing shoes online. I originally bought these beautiful flats from Hey Lady, but they had some serious issues- they were too big and the bow kept falling off. They would only let me exchange them, and so I ended up paying double what I wanted to on my shoe budget.

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    lovelyduckie 756 posts, Busy bee @ 6:35 am

    I’m hardcore about being able to return anything I purchase online. With great ease of shopping comes great responsibility too. But I LOOOOOVE shopping online, especially for shoes. I have all my sizes sent straight to me with no hassles and can try them on in the comfort of my own home. It’s fabulous. And if some (or none) of my selections work than I just bring them all back.I much prefer that to walking all up and down DSW to try and find options in my size. Two years ago I found a pair of fantastic boots that I LOVE from DSW that were online only.

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    nerd2215 186 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:39 am

    I always make sure I check the stores return policies before I buy anything online.

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    ilikeballet 226 posts, Helper bee @ 7:50 am

    I’ve never been one to buy clothing online. I HAVE to be able to try things on and I hate the hassle of returning online. Return authorization numbers, return shipping fees, yuck! I’ve bought bras and underwear from Victoria’s Secret online but only because I already knew the bra fit, and I know my undie size for their store. I would never buy a dress online.

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    mswallaby 2066 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:58 am

    Lol this is so true!!! Story of my life! I also have a problem with shopping online for clothes that don’t fit. I somehow ALWAYS order jeans that are too baggy. FML. Things that I ordered for the wedding that were wayyyy different in person: vintage basket for engagement shoot (it turned out to be really small… And really shiny for some reason), dinner napkins (more bright pink than blush… Sigh), a pair of chandelier earrings (they turned out to be 6″ long!! Huh?), an expensive bridal headpiece, striped paper straws (again, more pink than blush), the list goes on… Even some of the things I registered for turned out different in real life! Recycled glass wine glasses turned out to be ginormous, like extra-large margarita glasses, lol!

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    WeddingWonder 33 posts, Newbee @ 8:13 am

    I’m in love with the Zappos shoes. Were they a fail as well?

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    sarahblais 120 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:50 am

    Not sure if someone mentioned them yet already – but another option for the sparkle rainbow-colored shoes is the Multi-Glitter Pump by Coloriffics from David’s Bridal. They’re $69 so they’re a little less than the Zappos option.
    Link to the listing is here:

    http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Multi-Glitter-Pump.-Sizzle-by-Coloriffics.-Rainbow_Accessories-Shoes-All-Shoes

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    thebestisyettocome 57 posts, Worker bee @ 8:54 am

    I would love to hear how those Zappos shoes turn out! I’ve had muy eye on them recently. So cute!!

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    craft darling 84 posts, Worker bee @ 12:37 pm

    I like shopping on Etsy because you’re dealing with small business owners and can chat back and forth about what you want before making a final purchase. Every vendor I’ve used on Etsy I’ve been really happy with and most have some sort of guarantee for their product!

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    Ms_Maple 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:13 pm

    Those last shoes are my wedding shoes! I love them and they are comfy :)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:36 pm

    I hope your shoes work out!! I find my online orders usually have defects, but hopefully yours are perfect!

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