(Closed) Anyone go dress shopping alone? If so, how did you like it?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Beautiful dress!

I went to many stores with anywhere from 0 to 5 people with me.  And I have to say that I did enjoy looking at dresses alone, or one person maximum.  Trying on dresses was overwhelming enough that I didn’t want a lot of people chiming in on my decision. 

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I went alone for mine too.  It was really great when I was deciding but it would have been nice at the end when I was close to deciding to have someone giggling and jumping up and down lol.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

love the dress that you chose!!! the first time i got engaged i found the dress on my own and just took my best friend to see it and i later took my mom with me to view it.  but it was like okay THIS is my dress.  my mom HATED IT lol! this time whenever he pops the question, i’ll have everyone in tow… but let them know the style i’m going for.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I do have to say that I was a little taken aback by some of the reactions of the bridal store consultants when they saw that I was there to try on dresses by myself.

Anywhere from “Umm…so no one is here with you?” *weird look on face*, to “Is your mom coming?”

First of all, my mother lives 700 miles away…and who asks that anyway??  For all they know I might not even have a mother!  Second of all, I’m a grown woman who can try on dresses and make decisions on her own!

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Thankfully the girls at the shop I went to were a lot more understanding that yours Tulip!  I hate when people ask about my mom (because then I have to go into the whole she died thing which leads to OMG I’m sooooooo sorryyyyyyyyy)

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010 - Trinity Presbyterian Church/Harrison Opera House

I had heard that you should go three times – once with your mother/mother figure, once with bridesmaids, and once by yourself.  I wish that I had followed that model.  Instead, I just went once with my mom.  I’ve only brought friends with me to fittings though.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I went with my parents and the first time – the 2nd dress was this dress that I agreed to try on, figured I should see what it looks like on me, seems fun… but then I put it on and i knew there was no way it was the right style for me.  I expected my mom to laugh… she LOVED it! lol. it WAS pretty.  and I didn’t look bad in it.. but it wasn’t me!

Then, i tried on a ball gown made of satin. I’m like you, classic and simple.  Now it looks like Allure 8664 is the winner. Luckily, once we discovered how perfect the elegant classic ballgown was, I don’t think my mom can imagine anything else….

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I went by myself during the weekdays, and on weekends I went with my FI.  For the last trip that I knew I was going to buy a dress that day, I took FMIL with us.  After I already picked a dress, I went to home to my parents and took my parents (they’re long distance) to the store for the experience and to see me in the dress I picked.  All in all, I enjoyed shopping alone and with FI the most, since we have similar tastes.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I did this and I am so very glad that I did.

I have never been a fan of clothes shopping with friends or family.  When I say “shopping,” I don’t mean window browsing.  I mean going in there with the intention of purchasing some very specific things.  I don’t want to waste time by showing my mom or my friends what I have tried on, especially if I hate it.  Most importantly, the only opinion I care about is my own when it comes to what I wear.

That aside, I went dress shopping alone.  At the first bridal shop, I found that I wanted a Kenneth Pool.  Each one I tried on, I fell in love with how good it looked on me and their styles of virtually all of the dresses was exactly what I was looking for.  In addition, I knew what my alloted budget was and all of these dresses fell into that.  As I went to more stores, I found that there are only a few Kenneth Pools that most bridal shops carry and I wanted to make sure I got a unique one.  After this, I went to the motherlode of wedding dress shops – Saks in Beverly Hills.  They had many Kenneth Pools that I had only seen on the Kenneth Pool website.

I found my dress, the Kenneth Pool Rosalind, and went home.  Since my parents are paying for the wedding, I sent them a link of the dress and fortunately, they both really liked it.  After this, I went back and purchased it.

I would have liked to have taken my mom to at least try on wedding dresses (after I knew what I wanted), but another reason why I couldn’t involve her is that they were never home.  They travel so much and fortunately, it all ended up working out well.

If I had to do it over again, I would have done it the same way. I think adding more people there is added stress and takes away from the purpose of wedding dress shopping.  Unless someone really needs the opinion of someone else, I don’t see a need to bring others along. 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2006

The bridal shop I went to prefers that the brides come alone. That way they truly know what they like and don’t like. That’s how I found my dress!

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Glad to hear that I am not the only one who sees nothing wrong with this. I am newly engaged and just want to browse alone to get a feel for what I really like and then eventually once I narrow it down, I will have my bridesmaids and mother come with me to tell me what they think.

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