Post # 1
I was debating shopping alone for my dress when I read many posts on here. The majority of brides said they enjoyed itmuch more than having too many people and too many opinions. I just went to DB for a trip by myself and I must say it wasrelaxing.
All of my family is out of state and unfortunately my mom won’t be able to make it out until September which I think is cutting it a bit too close (getting married 3/30/13). So I went on my first trip by myself. It was very productive and I easily ruled what worked and didn’t work, morE so the latter.
The only problem I had was my “consultant”. She was really no help. I had to pick dresses to try on and she never once asked me what it was I was looking for. She never gave me any feedback and was actually rather rude.
I think the next time I go, I will do it by myself again but try a small boutique and willhopefully get the customer service onewould expect for such a large purchase!
Post # 3
I went by myself and it was great. I walked in, saw the dress I wanted, put it on, and made a deposit. Done. I picked a very unconventional dress, so I’m sure I would have had to hear negative opinions if I had had other people with me. Now they have to pretend they like it, even if they don’t!
DB is WELL known for their TERRIBLE customer service. You can get a beautiful dress there for cheap, but you definitely get what you pay for. The fabrics are cheap, the sewing is cheap, and the service is terrible. That said, they have some stunning dresses there, especially for the prices.
I would suggest going to a small business dress shop if you want a better experience. You’re going to pay more, but they will be much more helpful. If you’re on a budget, you might just have to suck it up and deal with the DB experience. Lots of brides on here will be able to commiserate with you. I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man for a wedding where the bride went to DB and I swore I would never step foot in that evil place ever again!
Post # 4
I’ve gone shopping twice by myself so far and it was really good. The second time my consultant was amazing and I had a lot of fun. I found a dress I loved that I maybe wouldn’t have tried on with my family.
Post # 5
I took one person each time at 3 different salons, and went alone once. I preferred having someone there to being alone.
Post # 6
I’ve only been dress shopping by myself so far. I think it would be really fun to try going with some people at this point but it’s been nice to just do what I want as well. As for David’s Bridal, I actually had a fantastic experience there. Everyone was really super helpful and the managers were walking around to see if you needed anything else and suggesting trying a different slip or adding shoes to see what it looked like. One of them even stopped me by name on my way out and asked if I had a good visit and if I’d like to set-up another appointment. Sorry to hear you had a bad experience, though.
Post # 7
I’ve gone alone, and with people. I liked both. Going alone was much faster, and you don’t have as many conflicting opinions flying around confusing you. But going with someone was fun too. I think you’ll enjoy it at a smaller boutique. I went with someone to DB, and it was awful. Good luck!!
Post # 8
@Laurbear: I went by myself as well! No family or guests live near us. No one in my town was invited, so I couldn’t ask an acquaintance to go with me. I like not having any people sway me, because I think I could be easily swayed!
Post # 9
I’ve gone dress shopping solo and with Fiance. I honestly believe it is much better than shopping with a full entourage. However, I do think that you have to be comfortable making your own decisions (not a second guesser) and the staff there should be professional and supportive as they will be your sounding board. Do I think it is for all people? No, but I tend to know what I like pretty easily so I don’t need to be talked in or out of it by half a dozen people. It was quick and painless, for me!
Post # 10
I went 3 different times, the first 2 times I had 4 people with me–waaaay too many opinions. The last time (when I was getting a new dress–the first one was not the dress for me) I only brought my mom–well, my sister ended up coming last minute. It was MUCH easier that last time! Less is better!
Post # 11
I went dress shopping alone. I initially took a close friend but just felt really self conscious after trying on one nightmare after another. I became convinced I just didn’t suit the whole bridal look, that it was me and not the horrible ill fitting dresses so I decided I had to go alone and save myself the added stress. Happy to say I very quickly found the dream dress and ya know, a part of me kinda likes the fact that I’m the only person to have seen it.
Post # 12
i wished i had gone alone perhaps if i wanted an opioin i should have asked 1 person to go but i had my three sisters i asked them to get babysisters that didnt happen and then i was dealing with kids and didnt get to enjoy my time. go alone or one person keep it easy you can think and make better choices taht way now i feel still that i have dress regret and its to late LOL
Post # 13
forgive my spelling im to lazy to use spell check LOL
Post # 14
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I went once (bought a sample on the first visit), and brought Maid/Matron of Honor. Even though I didn’t agree with all of her opinions, it helped to have honest feedback from someone who knew my style/wasn’t concerned about making a sale.
Post # 15
@Laurbear: hahaaa i went alone today and it was great no chatter from the peanut gallery
and i got to try on every dresses that i wanted to try on.
it was great! i’m going to do it more often.
Post # 16
I think going alone is important. I actually got my dress the first time out with my family there (4 other people). But it was really nice when I thought I might need to replace my dress to go by myself and really just revel in the emotions that each dress elicited without other people voicing their opinion. It ended up reaffirming that I chose the right dress the first time round.