When we leave Germany, we only plan to take 2 carry-on knapsacks and our bikes. But living like minimalists while keeping 99% of our belongings in storage, is not something we want to do. That would be minimalist-cheating!
Since my wedding dress would fill up an entire knapsack without much utility, I recently sold it!
I also sold my wedding shoes and my wedding jewelry.
Basically everything I wore on my wedding day is now gone. Woo hoo!!
I wasn’t emotionally attached to any of these items, and would rather re-coup the costs from the very expensive 4 weddings we hosted. Don’t even get me started on weddings!! I’m not a fan.
My wedding dress shopping is something I will remember as special, but not the dress itself.
It was 2-weeks before our destination wedding in Banff, and I was still in Germany and still without a dress. I wasn’t worried. But my girlfriends were! They dragged me out dress shopping, and even made me dress-fitting appointments. The problem was, none of the dresses fit me and I didn’t have time to get them altered. Not to mention they were quite expensive at 1500 EUR minimum, excluding 300 EUR for alterations.
So whatever, I would figure it out. I would pick something up on my upcoming business trip to NYC. How hard could it be? But my girlfriend was still stressed. As a final stop, she fooled me into going to Peek and Cloppenburg – a German department store. Of course she took me to the dress section and lo and behold, there were wedding dresses! By wedding dresses, I mean they had 4. The only one I liked and that fit me perfectly, was one that didn’t have a price tag. Judging by the prices of the other dresses (in the 300 EUR range), I decided to buy it.
When I went to pay, the dress rung up at 60 EUR!!
It was from a few seasons ago, so it was on sale. Not the most beautiful dress I’ve ever seen, and definitely not the best dress for an outdoor mountain wedding, but luckily I don’t pin all my hopes and dreams on one dress so it would do!
After wearing my dress ONCE, and schlepping it around from place to place (i.e. it was wrinkled), I ended up selling my dress on eBay Kleinanzeigen recently for 40 EUR.
Not a bad set back, and best of all, I don’t have to wear it while travelling SE Asia! Someone else will hopefully have fond memories of the dress too.