Wedding dressmaker blown away by bride’s ‘unreasonable’ last-minute demand: ‘You have been taking advantage of me’

A seamstress felt like her friend, a bride-to-be, took horrible advantage of a deal they made.

She asked Reddit’s “Am I the A******” forum for advice. Her friend Karina is getting married and asked her to make her a wedding dress. She agreed to buy the materials as a gift but asked Karina to pay her by the hour. Once things got started, Karina proved to be difficult to work with, so the Reddit poster quit. Now, Karina is scrambling to find a dress. 

“My friend Karina is getting married and asked me to make her [a] dress,” the Reddit poster wrote. “As a wedding gift, I told her that I would pay for the materials as long as they are not expensive or very unique, so she just had to pay me an hourly rate. She wasn’t very excited about that. She expected me to gift her the dress, but she accepted. Karina has been an absolute nightmare to work with. I truly have never encountered someone more exasperating (and I’ve worked in retail). So far, she’s changed multiple times the fabric, the shape, the details and the overall design of the dress. She has also been extremely specific about certain very expensive materials.”

Then, when Karina requested Swarovski crystals, the seamstress reached her breaking point. 

“She decided that she ‘needed’ Swarovski crystals in her dress,” the Reddit poster said. “I asked her if she thought of adding them as details, but then she tells me that she wants the whole dress covered in them. I then send her this message: ‘Karina, I truly appreciate your friendship, but I’ve realized that you have not been a nice person to work with. Your demands are unreasonable, and you have been taking advantage of me. I have decided to end our deal here. I will send you the bill for my work so I can finish the gown as we previously agreed. When you pay me, you may come for your dress.’ She then texts me that she doesn’t have to pay a single penny for my work since I am the one who is not fulfilling my part of the deal. I then text her, ‘No pay, no dress.’ Karina’s wedding is in a month, and she is absolutely freaking out on social media, looking for secondhand dresses or places to rent wedding gowns, which leads me to believe that she was counting on me gifting her the dress. I feel awful.”

Reddit users thought Katrina was a straight-up bridezilla. 

“Bridezilla never intended to pay you a dime,” one user wrote.

“Don’t reward bad behavior,” another said

“She’s taking you for a ride, expecting you to pay for that,” someone added.

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