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So news on the dress front is that I put a deposit down for a dress over the weekend!! So exciting, right? But the thing is, I can't show my actual dress to you yet… because it's being custom made! Crazy, I know! I know what you all must be thinking- “a custom made dress… isn't that super expensive?” Well, honestly, it's going to come in just a teensy bit above what I was hoping to pay for a pre-made, pre-designed dress. I'm going to get the exact style dress I want that is tailored to my exact measurements in the fabric I like- it's totally worth it to me. I'm working with a woman named Dena Bathgate who owns a shop in my home town of Murfreesboro. Dena designed and created a wedding dress for a girl I grew up going to church with. She was so happy with her gown that I decided to talk to Dena. She is a wonderful person and she has been in the business for over 30 years! She says she keeps her prices low because she likes to help people- and I knew that we were going to make a good team! Even more exciting is that she's going to make the bridesmaids dresses too! They are each picking out their fabric, style, and shade of teal and Dena is going to make the dress that they want. Pretty cool, eh? I'm super excited about it and it totally takes the hidden stress off of myself that I was feeling in regards to the non-matchy colors working out… this way it will be perfect! I'm so excited to start seeing it come together! I'll definitely keep you updated as it's going through production! 🙂

Here's two dresses I tried on this weekend that I'm using as an example of what I like. I'm a fan of the rouching, it slims the waist. And I want a sweetheart neckline, but much more dramatic than the strapless one here. And I love the A-line of the one with straps… so that's what we're using as a guide for now. 🙂

a custom made dress

a custom made dress

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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • Cess

    I too am a fan of rouching…Mine will have a v neck. You can see an example of what I like on my blog.

    I love the idea of having your dress made because you have mush more input in the process and it is more personal.

  • I love your dress examples both. I’m sure it’ll be really hard waiting for her to craft your dress but the wait will be worth it.


  • Yay!! That’s so exciting!

  • Cyd

    I am a fellow lover of the sweetheart neckline…and I do believe I may have tried on that second dress!

  • dckate

    i love love love both of your “example” dresses! i’m a big fan of the sweetheart neckline and of the ruching (sp?) on the bodice. i can’t wait to see what your dress looks like!

  • Marianne

    I love those dresses on you, and I’m excited to see what your dressmaker comes up with! That second dress is similar to a style I have my eye on, too!

  • I’m really happy you finally picked your dress… And this style looks awesome on you. Yay! That’s a BIG step…

  • I love that your dress is going to be custom made! I’m having mine made, too, through a seamstress/designer I found on I’ve followed your blog periodically, and when I read this post, I thought I’d say hi 😀

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