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Because I Have Been Just WAITING For the Chance to Whip Out Some Wedding Pictures

By Amalah

Hi Amy,
I wrote you AGES ago asking about how to get a Coach bag on discount, and then school kicked in and I promptly forgot to check back on your site for the advice. So imagine my surprise when I went back the other day, searched in your archives, and discovered that you answered my question way back on May 16!
Well, thank you belatedly for the help. I did go to eBay right away (great idea!) and HOLY CRAP I totally bought my first Coach bag. I am so excited for it to come. And I had to tell you, b/c I think it is close to one you have yourself – “Coach Houndstooth Slim Demi.” AND I got a great deal! So, thank you again. I look forward to enjoying my first (hopefully of many) snazzy designer bags.
Take care,

Proof positive that we are CHANGING LIVES here, people. Handbags to the People!
Oh, Amalah, I hope you can help!
My partner and I were all set to get married this June, until my parents got into a serious car accident two weeks before the big day. They are recovering, and looking forward to the rescheduled nuptials. It looks like we’ll be planning for a day in mid-February (no, not Valentine’s Day!) and I’m wondering…..given that the original wedding date now has lots of bad juju for me, and the new date is in a *completely* different season, am I allowed to get a new wedding dress if I want to pay for it?
You might think, oh sure, go for it! Does it change your answer if I tell you that I was having serious dress dilemmas a month before the June date, and went out and bought myself a second dress? Now, these are not ridonkulously expensive dresses. Around $300 each. Put them together, and I think it still costs less than the average dress. But I’m thinking that now I have six months to get it *really* right and find the ultimate dress….still without breaking the proverbial piggy bank. Am I ridiculous for doing this?
If I am, but you still say it’s okay, does anyone have any idea how to find dresses that might be more appealing to wear in February in DC? That is, not strapless, but still sexy and fun without being too formal? And, for girls who are not skinny, like a size 12 or 14?
I have attached a link to one of the June date dresses (strapless, more tea length than it looks in the photo) as well as a new dress I just found that is v.v. intriguing. help!
I fear that I might just be compulsively building a wedding dress collection, but really want to make sure I am wearing something that I love.

While I

About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch


Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

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Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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