I bought my wedding dress at JCPenney for $25.
Yes, you read that correctly: $25.
After my experience at David’s Bridal, I did a little research online. Out of all the department stores in my area, JCPenney had the best selection of short, white dresses with lace and sleeves. They were all $50 or less and came in a variety of styles.
All images via JCPenney
I loved how comfortable all of the dresses were. They felt light and airy; I could easily picture myself spending a day wearing any of them. The soft materials were a refreshing change of pace from the cumbersome fabric and beading I had encountered with customary wedding dresses. Looking in the mirror, I thought, I definitely feel like myself.
Although I shopped by myself at David’s Bridal, Mr. Wellies tagged along at JCPenney and gave his opinion on each of the dresses. Yet another example of how wedding plans change over time: I used to be anti first look, because I wanted Mr. Wellies’s first glimpse of me in my wedding dress to be as I walked down the aisle; now, the two of us were having a blast shopping for my dress together. One of the best parts of choosing to elope is Mr. Wellies and I get to share every single experience, including those that would have traditionally been delegated specifically to the bride or groom. Skipping certain traditions enables us to having bonding moments I never would have expected.
When I first saw this next dress online, I didn’t think it was anything special; it looked a little too bohemian for my taste. Seeing it on the rack at JCPenney, however, completely changed my mind. The photo seriously does not do it justice. The floral print is delicate and feminine, while the fabric is the softest I’ve ever felt. As soon as I tried it on, Mr. Wellies and I both began to tear up. I turned to him and said, “I’m going to marry you in this dress.”
Unfortunately, as a junior dress in a size medium, it was a little too tight. I asked Mr. Wellies to go out and look for one in a large. He came back and said there were only mediums and smalls. I couldn’t believe I had finally found the perfect dress, only for it to be the wrong size. We went back to the racks and walked around. I had a gut feeling my dress was hiding somewhere. Sure enough, there it was, buried in between other white dresses. I grabbed it and took it back to the dressing room, just to make sure it fit. It did—like a glove.
And that’s how I bought my wedding dress at JCPenney for $25.
How did you feel when you tried on your wedding dress for the first time?