The Shoes That Almost Weren’t

I had so many ideas of what to give my bridesmaids as a thank you for being there for me on the big day. Then I had a thought: Maybe the greatest gift of all wouldn’t necessarily be the most unique, most beautiful, most thoughtful gift. Maybe the greatest gift would be not having to spend so much money. Being a bridesmaid is expensive! Not to mention the fact that ALL SIX of my bridesmaids are still in school. I hinted about this thought to Sister Lioness and Bmaid Emily, both of whom agreed that they would rather have me cover some of their expenses, even if it meant missing out on this:


Source: Fine & Fleurie

So, I decided to cover their shoes. Yes, yes, I know—we hadn’t yet picked out the bridesmaids dresses. I knew the bridesmaids dresses would be solid green, so I knew these would match when I found them. I picked out a lovely pair of d’orsay peep toes from David’s Bridal and gave my girls their first official bmaid task: try them on. Seems simple enough, right? Every town has it’s own David’s Bridal, and they didn’t even need to worry about paying for them. Just try them on, call me with your size, no big whoop. I mean, I’d be pretty eager to get these babies on my feet anyway.


Source: David’s Bridal

Unfortunately, it was the end of the spring semester and everyone was super busy. And it was no piece of cake to try to rally six girls in five cities in three states to get this done. After a few months, I finally got everyone’s sizes. I was really glad I had them try on the actual shoes because they ended up running quite large. Adjusted sizes in hand, I called the Atlanta David’s Bridal one morning to order all six pairs of shoes. Well, they informed me that they have been DISCONTINUED, and therefore I could NOT order them from their warehouse/shipment center/mothership.

I asked them to look through what they had in their store, and they told me they had ONE size seven, and everything else was bigger. “Hmm, it’s like everyone’s snatched up the smaller sizes!” the saleswoman observed. “Like, these must, like, run large or something!” Duh, that’s why I asked everyone to try them on! She said she could search through the inventory of every David’s Bridal in the country and “call me back” (oh yeah, that definitely goes in quotes). This sounded like a long task, so I wasn’t expecting to hear from her until tomorrow. I started to look at back-up options on DSW just in case.

I called Sister Lioness, who lived in Gainesville at the time, to tell her that my brainchild of pairing these gorgeous shoes with lovely green dresses might not come to fruition. Sister Lioness was already out and about and offered to visit the Gainesville David’s Bridal and see what they had in stock. She discovered two size sevens and a size six and a half. We now had two thirds of the shoes that we needed. I wasn’t sure whether to go ahead and get them or not…what if I did and then I couldn’t find the other three pairs? So I called Atlanta back to ask them if they had ANY five and a halfs. A different saleswoman answered my question with, “Nope…there are only two pairs left in the country: one in Des Moines, Iowa, and one in Norfolk, Virginia.” I asked her how she knew that so quickly, and she responded, “I just looked it up on our system.” I decided to give up on the incompetent saleswoman with whom I spoke earlier, and I asked for the phone numbers for these two stores. Norfolk did, in fact, have a size five and a half, and (upon further research) Tampa had a size six! Luckily, I was going to Tampa that weekend for a friend’s bridal shower. I picked up the one pair in Atlanta, I had Norfolk ship the five and a halfs to me, and Sister Lioness picked up the three pairs in Gainesville.

I have to say, I was quite impressed with David’s Bridal’s sense of urgency. These shoes had been discontinued, and they helped me search all over the country to make sure I got what I wanted. And they were efficient, too!

So there you have it: the saga of the shoes that almost weren’t. Sometimes things have a way of working themselves out…especially when you have an amazing MOH to help you with the dirty work!

Have you had to jump through any hoops throughout your planning process?


Mrs. Lioness

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April 2011
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  1. cinnamonbun Bee
    cinnamonbun 1116 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:25 pm

    We will be paying for the bridesmaid dresses. It’s what my mum did, and she says that that is what is done in England (at least when she got married), where my family is from.

    Before she even told me that, I was planning on including BM dresses in my budget because I’ve only got two, and they’re both in awkward financial circumstances at the moment. I didn’t want not being able to afford it make them say no.

  2. glasses Bee
    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:20 am

    Ooo, those shoes are way rad. I’m sure they’ll be pleased!

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    megb June 11, 2011, Guest @ 2:27 pm

    Great choice!! love them!! I did the exact same thing for my girls, and got them as a gift, they love them too, they are tall but actually surprisingly comfy because of the thick heel. We kinda noticed the sizing thing too….got them back in july and they were just about becoming discontinued. I saw them in a magazine and had to have them, so when we went on a trip to the states we made a treck to DB and bought a few samples and ordered the rest after they had a chance to try them on. Our girls are wearing royal blue, but they tried them on with our sample bm dress in kelly green, and they looked really nice choice! I got blue flower shoe clips for the jr bm and fg so they would have similiar shoes, because the kids size flats were already discontinued in july. Not sure why bc they are so pretty. Congrats!!

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    SandraMarie_1986 1363 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:21 pm

    Oh wow, that’s so awesome of you to go through so much trouble to find the shoes. I’m sure they’ll look great!

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