Post # 1
I just scheduled my first dress shopping appointment at David’s Bridal! It is about a month away and I am so excited/nervous. I am having 7 family members go with me… is that way, way too much? It will be my mother, 3 sisters/bridesmaids, 2 grandmothers, and 1 stepmother. All of these people want to go very badly, and I am extremely close with all of them. Is this OK or am I crazy for bringing that many people?
ETA: My appointment is on a Wednesday at 4:30pm! Some were wondering 🙂
Post # 3
I said it was a lot, especially since in my experience DB is busy and doesn’t have a lot of spectator room. But I can also see that it would it be hurtful to leave out any of these people!
Post # 4
I think that’s way too many. Perhaps you should break them up in to groups, and take multiple shopping trips?
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
Warn the shop ahead of time so they can have a large enough space set aside for you, but that really is a lot of people… Maybe just take a few of them and take photos of your favorites to get the opinions of the others?
Post # 6
I think it is a little crazy. I’d break it up into a few shopping trips and take people in groups. Maybe a mom & grandmothers trip and a bridesmaids trip. You probably will want to go a couple times anyway and try different things on.
What day of the week is your DB appointment on? If it’s on a Saturday, with that many people, it’s going to be hell. I had two DB appointments during the week where it was DEAD, and it still would have been kind of tricky to have room for all those people.
Ultimately, it’s up to you, but more than 3 – 4 people would have been too many for me.
Post # 7
lol. well if you have to ask. i personally think its way to many opinions for my taste. 7 ppl with different outlooks telling you what they think *works* for you in a dress. im getting way to many say yes to the dress flashbacks with large groups helping a bride.
hopefully theyre not as strongwilled and are supportive with whatever you ultimately choose. (if you choose, since its your first appt. gluck!)
Post # 8
Just be careful. I took 5 people dress shopping with me, and in all the excitement, I ended up purchasing a dress that I didn’t really want. Luckily, it was a sample so not too expensive. Now, I’m buying a new dress.
So my advice to you is to NOT BUY the dress that day. You can always go back and buy it after you appointment. The excitement with all those people can really color your opinions. You’ll need time to think through it for yourself!
Post # 9
Thanks for the honest opinions!
@NAvery: My appointment is on a Wednesday
Post # 10
Wayyyy too many for DB. They won’t even have enough chairs for them to sit in, esp if you are going on a Saturday. They will be literally standing packed together the whole time.
Plus, don’t you watch Say Yes to the Dress? That is usually their #1 recommendation to brides…DON’T BRING AN ENTOURAGE to try on dresses.
Post # 11
I had about 12 people that wanted to go with me.. I decided to break them up into groups. I took anywhere from 2-4 to each appointment.. it worked out great. That way everyone was involved and it wasn’t too crowded. But honestly, I don’t think 7 is too many–do what you want. I’m having 9 BMs.. so I’m used to big groups.
Post # 12
My concern is that I had 2 people with me, who each had different ideas about what dress I should wear…. and neither, necessarily agreed with me.
Think about what you want in an entourage….. do you want everyone to reach general consensus on what style looks best? Do you want everyone to LOOOOOVE it when you find “the one”? Do you want their honest opinions? Because if so get ready to try on 7 dresses and have at least one person say they HATE each dress that you try on. Can you buy it anyway…. knowing that one person HATES that dress on you?
I would take 1 or 2 people whose opinion you value and trust. I would NOT take people simply because they want to come. Think about what YOU want to get out of the experience and THEN invite people to come along.
It’s kind of like people who “want” to be in a wedding as your bridesmaid. They want the “glory”. They want to stand up there and look pretty. But…. how many of them actually want to do the WORK of a bridesmaid…. because historically that’s what it is. They are there to HELP the bride. Not to get the glory.
Post # 13
I brought 3. That was PLENTY! You dont want too many to mess with your OWN opinion of the dress.
Post # 14
My BFF brought 5 of us (3 bridesmaids, Future Mother-In-Law, and her mom) along and that was definitely enough. I can’t imagine there being even more people.
Post # 15
Be prepared for people to like dresses you dont like and to not like your favorite dress. It will likely cause more stress than its worth.
Post # 16
I don’t think 7 ppl is way too many. I took 5 ppl with me and I went to DB ON A SAT at 3 or 4pm in Dallas (very big and busy city) and it was fine. I found my dress on my 1st appt (3rd dress I tried on)…. what if you find your dress on your 1st appt? Are you just going to keep coming back 2 or 3 times to try on the same dress with different ppl? I think that would be wasting the consultant’s time. I would suggest going on a weekday or a time they are not that busy or at least inform DB that you are bringing that amt of ppl so they can make suggestions to help.