We had a traumatic incident in our family a couple of weeks ago. Now on the scale of terrible things to happen in your life it rates quite low, but at the time it was awful and put a dampener on what should have been a really lovely day.
It was a family wedding. One of those weddings where I could actually really enjoy myself, being removed as I was from all the organising and all the fuss. My lovely niece got married to her childhood sweetheart. It was a beautiful church wedding with all the trimmings and it was like a fairytale, except……someone else was wearing my dress!!
Now I am a sensible woman. I am not given to hysterics and generally speaking, I don’t let small things get me down. This however, got me right in the gut. If I’m honest, the real problem was that this ‘other woman’ was about ten years younger than me and looked much better in the dress then I did. Talk about feeling bitter and twisted. I missed much of the ceremony as my mind drifted off into mad scenarios where I ‘accidentally’ spilt a large glass of red wine all over her, or where she ‘accidentally’ fell and broke her leg and had to leave the wedding.
I tried to let common sense prevail I really did, but the only prevailing emotions were fury and embarrassment. How could this have happened?I thought I had taken care to buy something fairly exclusive. Eventually, (and with the help of much alcohol) I got over myself and got on with the job of enjoying the evening and all was again well with the world. However, it made me think. Surely, there must be a way this kind of thing can be avoided?
And guess what? There is! I have discovered a brilliant website called Dress Spy. This does exactly what is says on the tin and if my niece had signed up for this as part of her wedding plans my dress clash would never have happened. It’s so easy and very private and I am convinced it is the way forward for every big event. You upload a picture of your outfit and whoever is the co-ordinator (usually the chief bridesmaid but it can be anyone), can see in an instant whether two people have planned to wear the same thing. She then emails both parties warning them of this imminent disaster. As the meerkat says – simples!
The next time I am invited to a wedding I am going to RSVP and ask them to sign up for this service. If I’m going to spend a small fortune on an outfit, I do not want someone else stealing my thunder – especially if they have the cheek to look better in it then I do.
If you have a wedding, party or anything else coming up go check out www.dressspy.com. Your guests will thank you. I promise.