Did anyone else HATE dress shopping? :(

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I was not a huge fan of dress shopping, and I HATED David’s Bridal. Hated. The saleswomen were so pushy, not very helpful and borderline judgmental. I ended up going to two more boutiques and got my dress the first time I went to the second boutique. I was VERY glad when that chore was done (wedding shoe shopping was a lot more fun).

Post # 4
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1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@ButterflyButterfly:  I really did not like dress shopping at all.  I had one really terrible experience with one of the three shops I went to and it made me almost decide to forgo getting a wedding dress at all.  I ended up buying one that is champagne colored (for the same skin tone issues you listed) because it was the most comfortable one I tried on that also looked pretty good on me.  It made me happy but I definitely didn’t have that “moment” or cried or anything.

Post # 5
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2364 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@ButterflyButterfly:  Lord…you should NOT have gone with your FSIL, I’m sorry to say!!  I can understand how you’d initially think it’d be fun, but of COURSE you’re going to compare yourself to her, whether you mean to or not.

Give it another go, INCLUDING David’s b/c they definitely have more than just “shiny” gowns.  I got mine there, and it is lace, ivory, fitted and NOT satiny at all.  They have a LOT.

Do you have an idea of what you want?  It’s always good to go in with some ideas and pictures for the consultant to lead you in the right direction.  Go with just your mom or MOH or something, no big groups, and NO ONE ELSE should be trying on dresses but you!  This is your day, and you should feel special! 

Post # 6
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535 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

YES I hated it, also some shops it was hard to get an idea because the sizes of the gowns would be all wrong. I actually ended up going through a company online (Kirstie Kelly) because I hated the in store process so much lol

Post # 8
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856 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@ButterflyButterfly:  I went for a fitting for my Bridesmaid dress for my Brother and FSIL’s wedding. That was a tough enough experience for me. It was too crowded, too many Brides bursting into tears around me, too many dramatics from all the other brides/bridesmaids/etc. around us for me.

I knew I’d be put off by wedding dress shopping. I was dreading it. So I bought my dress online. It was on clearance so I got it for dirt cheap, and its about 2 sizes too big, so after alterations it will fit great 🙂

 

Post # 9
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2878 posts
Sugar bee

@ButterflyButterfly:  I hated my experiences at bridal salons. Sales ladies were so pushy. And I didn’t find they were receptive to my preferences (budget, styles, etc.). I didn’t feel like they were really trying their best to find a solution to make me happy, but rather tried and tried to convince me I should go with another style or make me feel bad about my budget.

I had a lot more fun trying on prom dresses by myself (to decide which silhouettes I preferred) and shopping on classified ads. At this point though, I knew what kind of dress I wanted, so all I had to do was to wait until I found the kind of dress I wanted at a price I wanted to pay. FI was extremely supportive, he’s the one who helped me through this process. I’m happy I didn’t bring my mom, I think she would have confused me more than anything.

 

Post # 10
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885 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

For the most part, I did not enjoy dress shopping.  The first time I looked, with my mom and sister at a couple smaller shops, I remember feeling horrible afterwards.  I felt like the salespeople were really rude, especially when I said I wanted to try a couple tea-length dresses.  

I actually had a great experience at David’s Bridal though – I went with my two best friends and we had a fantastic time.  The woman who helped us was really sweet and not pushy at all, and I actually found my dress that night.

Post # 12
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1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@ButterflyButterfly:  I hated my dress shopping experience too. They were all getting me naked and trying to get me out of the store ASAP.

 

Post # 13
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9529 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I didn’t hate dress shopping but it wasn’t thrilling or something I was really excited about. It was just another wedding task that had to be done. It sounds like you may have tastes that don’t jive with current trends. I was the same way. Let the sales people know about your

  • Musts: for me, I definitely wanted an A-line or a ball gown. I’ve got big hips/thighs and knew I didn’t want to go the mermaid/trumpet/fit and flare rouet
  • Deal Breakers: for me, shiny fabric was a deal breaker
  • Things that you like: I really wanted an interesting back
  • Things you don’t like: I disliked strappless and bling but knew I could remove bling or add straps, so these weren’t deal breakers

And I’d go by yourself. That’s what I did. That way you don’t have to try on the awful dresses in front of people you know. And if it takes awhile to find the right dress, it gets kind of boring. Once I had it narrowed down to a few I liked I brought in my MOH to give me honest oppinions and then later brought my grandmother (who was paying) and step-mom and aunt and made a whole girls day out of it!

Post # 15
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1259 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@ButterflyButterfly:  I didn’t hate it… but it got old pretty quick. The first time I went was just with my sister and it was fun to try on all different styles but after that, I felt pressured. I actually ended up changing dresses and losing a $100 deposit.

Just keep looking and trying things on.. you will find one that you love!

Post # 16
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9529 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@ButterflyButterfly:  Way to be rude, saleslady! I actually think it’s kind of nice to wear something that isn’t super trendy. More memorable.

I also forgot some really important advice. Think about comfort! If you are considering a dress be sure to walk around, sit, dance, bend over, etc. See if it’s going to be comfy. Because it’s a long day!

I ended up in Watters Escalante and I absolutely adored it. It actually hit all my criteria and was super comfy! I like the entire Watters/Wtoo collection!

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