Right the missus has decided she is going to the xmas ball this year. To that end she has to get a ball gown/cocktail dress, where do you all get yours from do you hire or buy etc, any help would be much appreciated.
Most half decent shops (Next, Debenhams, John Lewisetc) do ball gowns on the run up to Christmas. My Mrs ends up ordering a load of dresses on-line and tries em all on, picks the best one that matches with all of her shoes, bags and jewellery all from the comfort of home. She returns the ones she doesn't like and gets a refund on those items. Easy enough and she has all of her accessories to hand to check it all matches.
Be careful though, I got caught out last year after a few beers I told her 'to keep some, they look good' and I ended up with £500 bill.
Don't worry about where to go, cost, etc. Just hand your credit card over to your wife and while she is out contact your credit card company and extend your credit limit (times 3 should just about do it) or if they are not willing to do that then stick in a couple of grand to cover the first shop.
if you live or van get to London go to Fonthill road near finsbury park on a Saturday . Its where all the garment makers are . 180 shops in a small street Cocktail and ball gowns assailable in most sizes . check the interweb it migh have the sp on there , as well as the Florentia clothing village near green lanes .
I know that it may be open to ridicule however having just settled a divorce i am a little frugal nowadays and my current missus got a steal at the local charity shop - she got a £350 dress for only £25 ish. A lot can be said for the charity shops if you look around a little...