Post # 1
OMG! I’m addicted to weddingbee boards!! (yay!) But after reading so many negative experiences about salons and bridal outlets and measuring/alterations/ordering/shipping etc errors and delays, I’m sooo afraid where I end up going will make a big mistake and I’ll have no dress or the wrong size or have the alterations go awry. I am going wednesday looking for a dress for July 28 so I have NO TIME for mistakes. I did find a sample that looked amazing, but there are good and bad reviews for that salon on google too. Plus, their tailor is going on vacation in June so all alterations would have to be done by June. What if I need fixes? I’ve lost 20 pounds in a month and a half since I got married (don’t freak, I did it the right way) and am sure to drop more with hard work. I’ve read tons of negative reviews for db and aa in my area, but I’m afraid that I’d have to go to 10 salons to even try on 10 dresses in my size (sample I tried on ended up being an 18). GAH!
I can’t take chances for the most important day ever!! How do I avoid these common issues??
Post # 3
I was scared poopless as well. I dedicated myself to finding a sample that I loved in my size and luckily it fell into my hands. I am a touch it, feel it, see it person and really don’t think I could have bought it another way.
Post # 4
Thanks, aliavenue! I will keep praying and crossing my fingers hoping I have the same luck as you!
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
You can take your dress elsewhere for alterations- if it’s a sample, they probably won’t include it, anyway (mine didn’t).
Post # 6
I would say, get the dress you love where you can, and find a backup tailor/seamstress. If you’re really worried about the alterations coming out wrong, take another dress you want altered to the backup seamstress and see how that goes– then if you’re happy with them you’ll know where to go if you need last-minute alterations to your wedding gown. Most seamstresses (me included) appreciate having a couple weeks at the very least for fine clothing alterations, especially if there will be a few fittings involved– so keep that in mind.
Good luck! 🙂
Post # 7
I’m currently between a size 20/22 and I just had an AMAZING experience trying on dresses at a really nice salon (Spybaby in Syracuse, NY). I was super afraid about them not having pretty gowns in my size, but I was so wrong – sure, some of the gowns I wanted to try weren’t the right size and a few were fairly snug, but there were more than enough in brands like Allure and Maggie Sottero to make me a happy clam (:
If you’re worried about sizing, go for a corset back! They offer more forgiveness since the tightness of the straps can be adjusted.
Also, check the Yelp! reviews of your salon for details on the seamstresses they’ve got. Those are usually fairly accurate since Yelp! monitors for people simply badmouthing to badmouth (as well as fake accounts making them look TOO good).
Post # 8
I was really nervous, too, being both an “encore” bride and having a low budget. (Low budget is on purpose so we can have a complete blast on our honeymoon, lol). First of all, have it in your mind that wedding dress shopping is an ordeal and there is no way around that. The sizing is a nightmare (at least it was for me). I’m a street size 2/4 and ended up purchasing a size 10. Ugh! I also am a touch and feel kind of person, as a PP said, and I also purchased a sample and will have the alterations (cutting off train and hemming) done by my own tailor.
Just hang in there and have faith. I was shaking like a leaf for the first two or three dresses, but luckily for me my salesgirl was very sweet and patient. She ended up finding the perfect dress for me after I’d almost given up. And it was in my price range, so I was ecstatic. It will happen for you, too!
ETA: I just noticed that your wedding day is my birthday.
Post # 9
oh man, I read all those boards and thought “what fools” “really, who would buy two dresses” “of course you don’t buy it until you are sure”.
Guess who bought two dresses, had big dress regret. but…this too shall pass.
Post # 10
I’ve also heard that outside “non-bridal” tailors are cheaper, sometimes half as much. If you have a tailor/seamstress or know someone who’s had things altered somewhere good you could take it there and not have to deal with their vacation schedule. I’m also for the corset back, it’ll be forgiving of tiny changes because you just adjust it with the lacing.
Post # 11
I got my dress!!! WOO HOOO!!!! I ended up going back to try the Maggie Sottero chadley on and it completely blew away all other dresses… but something was still not right. Even my mom said it was gorgeous but it just seemed out of proportion or something. Well, when I went back in the dressing room (sadly) to get out of it, I was holding it up to walk and looked in the mirror and literally said, “THIS!! THIS is what I want!!!” When I pulled the skirt up to be more of a rounded basque waist than the lower inverted v, it looked like I lost 10 pounds, and the dress was made for me! So we tucked the fabric under the longline bra I had on and I fell in love. Mom cried, I cried, the dress was more comfortable, flattering, lighter feeling… heaven! Everything I loved about it before, but the hesitation was gone. So I bought the sample (which fit beautifully) and am going back to have the crenoline removed, the waistline raised, and the appliques reset. I’m sooo excited!! Plus, I HATE my upper arms, but this dress completely obliterated all thought of them. With the veil you can hardly even notice them, and without the veil, the dress is so stunning you don’t notice either. I finally got to be a strapless bride! OH, and if I didn’t lose ONE MORE POUND before my wedding day, I’d be totally happy. What a relief!! Now any weight loss is just a bonus. The dress was originally $2099 and I got it for $1460! Not too shabby. And worth every penny.
Oh yeah, and my DB experience was a nightmare, as expected. The consultant was nice, but she was by herself and I wasn’t the only person with an appt.. and on a wednesday morning, 6 other people showed up and she had to help EVERY SINGLE ONE. Several times we (the brides) were helping each other out of dresses and my mom helped one girl in to one. It sucked. And the quality of the dresses was nothing compared to my Maggie. So glad I don’t have to stress over delivery or sizing or incorrect orders. I got my salon experience at the other shop WITHOUT an appointment, and with three brides there and only two consultants, I felt like the only girl who had ever gotten married in the whole world. Worth it!!!!
Sooo happy ladies! Thanks again for all your help!