Total and utter result! The wedding dress is sorted. Bar a serious amounts of weight loss/gain I really shall go to the ball in a totally gorgeous dress that cost under £100.
We found the dress at Clarks Village, a factory outlet shopping centre in Street, Somerset, it’s the home of shoe-maker Clarks. It does have a large Clarks shop, which is brilliant for finding childrens shoes, at half price or even less but there are plenty of other shops in which to dent your bank balance.
For me, the trip to Street had been a detour on the way to nearby Glastonbury. Andrew, Immy and I were taking Andrew’s and my mum out for a pre-Easter shopping expedition.
Andrew’ mum steered us in the direction of Monsoon, not a shop I usually frequent, but the discounts at this one can be rather good. Well as you or may not know Monsoon stocks bridal dresses. I’ll admit I had looked online but had not been that impressed with the selection. However on the peg where we could see them the selection didn’t look too bad, and most of the dresses were half price or less – from £75 through to £150 compared to £250/£300.
Many of them looked a bit grubby though, but a little bit of rifling around (thanks Jean!) produced two candidates. Both were in need of a bit of dry clean but I totally fell in love with one of them. Even better it was reduced, I won’t tell you the exact price – as a bride has got to have some secrets – but it was a price for sore eyes.
It was also a size smaller than I usually take, and I’m now on strict instructions not to lose any more weight. Now, where’s that chocolate!