- Jaz Saini and Harjit Bhandal tied the knot in October after getting engaged six months beforehand.
- But disaster struck just four days before the wedding when Saini’s wedding dress wouldn’t zip up.
- Speaking to Insider, she said a $100 last-minute fix to the gown made it even more special.
A bride who experienced a disastrous wedding dress malfunction just four days before tying the knot said the creative solution she found to fix the gown made her love it even more.
Jaz Saini, 31, told Insider she and her partner, Harjit Bhandal, 30, got married in Los Angeles in October after he proposed to her during a trip to New York City in April. The couple, who run the YouTube channel YouTwoTV together, met eight years ago in Toronto, Canada, but have been living in LA for the past three years.
Despite having a short engagement, Saini said she felt well-prepared for their wedding day, which included sourcing two wedding dresses – a traditional red lehenga and a white wedding dress for the reception. However, just four days before the big day, she tried on her white wedding dress to discover, to her horror, that it wouldn’t zip.
Saini shared a TikTok of her, Bhandal, and their siblings all attempting to zip the dress, which has over 1.9 million views as of Friday. “I had 20 people trying to get me into the dress,” Saini said. “But it just wouldn’t go up.”
Although she said some people on TikTok suggested she might’ve gained weight between her fittings, Saini said she actually lost weight in the week prior due to all of the stress of planning the event.
During her final fitting in September, she said found the dress to be too loose on her so the designer made a last-minute adjustment.
“She tightened it and then I didn’t try it on, I just picked it up and I had to run to the airport,” Saini said. Because of the way the dress was tightened, she said that some of the fabric got caught in the lining, making it impossible to zip up.
Amid the chaos, Saini said she remained calm. However, she knew she “absolutely” had to fix it. Not wanting to stress anyone else out, she said she took it upon herself the day before the wedding to try to find a solution.
“I went to like 10 tailors and they were like, ‘There’s nothing we can do,'” she said. “At that point, I was crying in my car.”
Just when all was looking lost, Saini said she went to a dressmaker who came up with a nifty trick: removing half of the zip entirely and sewing in a corset-style lacing loop. The entire alteration ended up costing Saini just $100.
“In the grand scheme of things, I’m so glad everything happened because I love the corset even more,” Saini said. “From the front obviously it looks identical and the back is beautiful. It’s like a beautiful pattern now.”
In retrospect, Saini said she wouldn’t change anything about how the dress turned out. She also shared some advice for future brides-to-be who encounter pre-wedding hiccups.
“Focus on the solution and not the problem,” she said. “How can we fix this? What can we do? We can get this done. There’s always a solution.”