So, I went with something OTHER than the choices shown. I just couldn't stomach the cost - and none went on sale further.
At Sears to see if they had some Lands End shorts, I stumbled across this dress. There was only one and just happened to be in my exact size and preferred color (navy).
The wedding is relatively casual - held in a Seattle park. I didn't want anything too informal (the bride is telling people to be comfortable - wear shorts - ah NO), and I like that this dress is a more casual (yet still lovely) fabric (cotton lawn), but the cut seems more formal. Still undecided on the shoes, however.
Some things never change.