I may be alone in this train of thought, but I think this is awesome. Target, apparently, has debuted a line of wedding and bridesmaid gowns, ranging in price from $99 to $129. And I think this is an absolutely awesome idea.
I've never been into those "Say Yes to the Dress" types of shows. I loathed wedding planning. I'm just not one of those women. The day was beautiful, everything perfect, but all of the "oh I have to have the most expensive dress, and I need this, and I need that place setting..." I'm not a details person. I would have been more than happy to have a wedding planner do it all. I was excited to go dress shopping, but even then, I walked into it pretty nervous about the cost. I had seen how much bridesmaid's dresses cost me in the past. I could only imagine how much a wedding dress would set us back.
My own dress I purchased at David's Bridal for somewhere around $250. The alterations made that price jump, of course. The first dress I really liked at another boutique was $750, but once I saw that price tag, I couldn't bring myself to say "hey, Mom and Dad, I'm wearing this dress for a day...can you give me $1,000?" Not that there's anything wrong with parents who are willing to pay that for a wedding dress for their daughter. It's just I knew my family's financial situation, and I just didn't feel right about it. The dress was beautiful, but so was the one I picked out. And more cost effective, too.
Honestly, looking back on the wedding, I'm not sure I would have scoffed at the idea of purchasing the dress via a store like Target. I'm sure it's not like you can just hop over to the store, hit the Dollar Spot and then get a dress before picking up a gallon of milk. I'm sure it's an online sort of deal, but seriously...it's not a bad idea. And if you look at some of the dresses they have, they're actually very pretty. Of course, I am the girl whose flower girls wore dresses from Target.
I've read some comments on it, and some people aren't really for it. I'm sure a lot of that has to do with the wedding industry. I mean, it is a huge money maker. HUGE. It's criminal how much they charge for dresses. And the emotion tends to get the best of people so there's that whole element of how much they spend. But to me, this seems like an excellent alternative. I only wish that they had this around 2009 and 2010 when we were planning a wedding. Maybe my second wedding? (JUST kidding, T! I love you!)
What are your thoughts? Would you purchase your wedding gown from Target?