It was about three weeks until my friend’s big day, and I was probably the least prepared bridesmaid in the history of weddings. I had not gone on a diet, I didn’t have a date, I had no idea what my hair and makeup was supposed to look like, I had no clue what to get my friend as a wedding gift, but most importantly I didn’t have a dress. I know all you brides-to-be are having a heart attack reading this because you know how stressful that situation can be, but let me break it down. First of all, I never seemed to have the money to buy a dress. Every paycheck I get goes to bills, groceries, and (more often than you’d think) birthday gifts. On top of that, the wedding was Game of Thrones themed, so my friend wanted the dress to be long, flowy, and an impossible-to-find-in-stores shade of blue. I’ve gone to every department store and boutique I know of, and although I did find the color I needed, I couldn’t find the perfect style. So at this point, I was on every website trying to find a dress that’s not only in the steel blue color my friend requested, but a dress that would be here on time.

I met my friend (we’ll call her Brenda) my freshman year of college. Me and my two best friends from my hometown ended up going to college together. The three of us met Brenda at an event for all the freshman who lived on campus. After the event, my two friends and I stayed up until dawn talking with all our new friends we’d made (including Brenda). That night was a start to a beautiful friendship. The rest of our freshman year flew by in a blur of long nights and Whataburger runs. Now, just a few years later, Brenda was getting married and me and my two friends didn’t have dresses.

In my defense, my friend didn’t really start talking about the dresses until about a month or two before the wedding. She’s a very relaxed, laid-back girl who told us we could pick the style as long as it was that particular shade of blue, long, flowy, and here by the wedding date. I’m lucky she didn’t kill me for waiting so long to get a dress—Brenda is probably the nicest, understanding person I know and I admire her for that. But that’s not an excuse and I definitely shouldn’t have waited so long. She even gave us a website to rent the exact dress she wanted–but because I waited so long, the website indicated that I was not able to deliver the dress on time.

I spent days looking online for a dress, and it probably would have gotten to me on time if I didn’t take days to decide on one. I kept going back to that website Brenda suggested. I decided to reach out to them to see if by a miracle they could help me out. Sure enough, after an email to customer service, I was introduced to a woman, Kristina, via email. She was able to help me out, give me suggestions on styles similar to what I (or rather Brenda) had in mind, and she even let me know upfront that I should order the dress ASAP so it would definitely be delivered to me on time. I don’t know what I would have done without their help!

If your bridal party is in need of some dresses or if you’re a bridesmaid looking to save a few bucks, check out vowtobechic.com. There is an option to rent or purchase, and there are so many styles to choose from. You even get two dresses shipped to you to make sure your dress is the right fit. Not to mention, their customer service is fantastic! They will work with you on a one-on-one level to guarantee a great experience. So if you or someone you know is looking for a bridesmaid’s dress at a reasonable price, check out Vow To Be Chic!

Special thanks to Kristina and the Vow To Be Chic team, y’all are awesome!