I was a touch stressed and time was of the essence, so I took off a day of work and went over to sort everything out. Since they were having a half-off sale starting in June for dresses that were off-the-shelf, I ended up getting a new dress for significantly less than the first one and no alterations needed. The new dress is more traditional and I like the neckline less, but so it goes. I don't really feel the need to have the perfect dress. Sometimes it all seems so silly anyway.
Old dress (left) and new dress (right).
The only thing store-bought dresses often don't have are bustles...my mom and I had the adventure of putting it on with a friend of ours!