I'm still feeling pretty good about the $15-dress-in-a-box. I'm thinking a colored sash around the waist and some embroidery around the bottom would really make it special. I'm leaning toward trees and birds and flowers and other Colorado-in-the-summer things. I'm having very old-fashioned cravings to curl up on the couch and spend a month doing the embroidery. Matt can even do the drawing so it can be a team effort. It seems like a good compromise between an entirely store-bought dress and a hand-made one.
And I'm going to machine-wash it before I do the embroidery. That way, I'll know I can wear and wash it post-wedding. I'm a little worried by the fact that the tag reads "dry clean only." I'm most worried because it's a clearance dress and if I ruin it, I might not be able to replace it. Plus, if I replace it, it would become a $40 rather than a $20 dress.