Dress Shopping – Best Tips!

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I have a few things that come to mind…. Keep an open mind, what you think you love in a magazine might not work with your body shape but don’t worry you’ll find something even if you have to go 2-3 stores. Bring a good bra/wear underwear that covers your bum as you’ll have a consultant helping you in and out of dresses. Keep in mind, you are trying on samples so if it doesn’t fit right, when they order your dress your look will come together. If you have a lot of opinions with anyone you bring with, make sure to take a few minutes to yourself to think about how you feel about the dress. Lastly ENJOY the experience!! 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

CaboBride2015:  i agree w/ Mez03:  keep an open mind! i had 3 picked out that i thought just had to be for me – and i hated all 3 of them once i put them on. i opened up to styles that i thought would be awful on me and ended up buying the complete opposite of what i thought i wanted!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

Don’t wear a thong! Be vocal when you don’t like something even if others do.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Courthouse

Don’t stress, keep an open mind, but don’t let the sales women push you or make you feel guilty and try on something you will hate. You’ll be sweaty and annoyed because you know you don’t already like it. also don’t feel like you need to go over your budget. If you found your dream dress but can’t afford it, theres something better out there That’s in your price range. Just do some extra shopping. Also wear your hair the way you plan for your wedding and wear nude underwear and strapless bra:)

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2015

if you have a budget cutoff, be explicit about it. in one store my mother said “around” a certain range and a few of the dresses were a good 30% over the (already too generous) range she gave. (luckily none of those dresses was “the one”!) i had a dream dress that i thought was unobtainable going into shopping. knowing it was off the table, and not knowing if it would even look good on me, made it easy to fall in love with another dress. i ended up being able to try on (and buy!) my dream dress, but in retrospect, if i had been able to try it on but not have it, i would have been absolutely crushed and my runner up dress that i had been giddy over before trying on my dream dress would have felt like second fiddle. don’t try on a dress you can’t have!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

What the other posters have said – and take water! I got SO thirsty while I was trying on dresses!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Know your budget, try on different styles even if you think you know what you want.  And most of all HAVE FUN!!

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2015

oh, and i’ll second the good undergarments advice! a number of the stores asked me my bra size so they could go get me one, and i was really glad i had my own and didn’t have to borrow some bra countless other sweaty boobs had touched! also, keep in mind that you’re really going to have step up to get into some of these dresses, so in addition to wearing undies that cover your butt, make sure they cover all your lady bits when you pull your knee up to your elbow, too!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Country Club

Congrats on soon experiencing one of the most important and fun aspects of your wedding planning, dress shopping! I would just say: -You dont need a big entourage (or any at all) to find THE dress. -If you are planning on wearing heels on the day, bring a pair with you just to get a feel for it.-Also doll your self up a bit, You’ll feel more confidence with the dresses you may try on.-Do not, I repeat , do not let your attendant put anything on you thats not on your budget. I should have heed this advice myself (I eneded up paying like 400$ for a veil and found out at the register). and DO HAVE FUN!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

And I almost forgot!  Wear something that you can get on and off quickly. And underwear you don’t mind the salegirl seeing.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

CaboBride2015:  be open minded!! and undergarments! But someone suggested this to me and I’m so happy I did it! I had my picks and we tried them on. Then each person I brought with me was allowed to pick 1 dress for me to try on. I tried all of them on even a few that were ridiculous! In the long run I picked a dress I didn’t even pick for myself! I think the outsiders perspective on what would look good on you is very helpful!!

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Definitely wear some cute, full coverage panties. I had to go out and buy some, ha!

I went bra-less at almost all appointments except David’s Bridal where they make you wear that nasty longline bra. I was kinda shy at first but…got over it. I figure the consultants see boobies all day, so what does it matter if they see mine. So just be prepared for that. I was literally getting put in my first dress and the consultant was like “the bra ruins this, let’s take it off”. So we did. And then I never put it back on. She was quick and not creepy or anything so it wasn’t like I stood there naked for a while.

<br />Also, if your first appointment can be at a salon where they pull dresses for you I think that’s best. I went to one salon where they had me go through the racks and if I didn’t already have a good idea of what I liked/didn’t like it would have been really overwhelming and I would have picked 900 dresses.

<br />Try on anything that interests you. I only tried on my dress because I was like “hm…hate the shape, but love the fabric” and what do you know 🙂

<br />Don’t be afraid to go back again. and again. and again. But once you like the dress, stop shopping. Stop looking. Stop browsing. Just stop.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

CaboBride2015:   Ask if you can take photos of the dresses you try on.  If so, take a decent camera and someone who can use it.  Don’t purchase a dress until you see how it photographs.

Bridal salons tend to have horrible lighting – fluorescent lights and who knows what else, not to mention the color of the wallpaper – try to stand near a window for the photos (and to see the real color of the dress).  I went to one salon where all the dresses looked yellow, another where the dresses looked either pink or blue, depending on which light bulb type I was near.  

Try a variety of silhouettes and materials.  Try walking and sitting down, lifting up your arms, pretend hug someone.  LOL  

And, as mentioned above, take water!!  And a friend with a positive attitude!!

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Don’t expect to cry. Sometimes even really emotional people (like me) don’t cry even though its “The One”. When you still think about a dress even after trying others on (even though they may look great too), and you don’t want to take it off, then you know. And don’t be afraid to sleep on it. My theory is; if I leave the store, come back later and its still there, it was meant for me. If its gone, it wasn’t meant to be.

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