Dress shopping in a city/country you don't live in?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Kind of having the same concerns….I live 1500 miles from my mom and she wants to dress shop in December when I visit for Christmas. I’ve already been shopping here twice just to get an idea of shape I want, that way it’s not a complete chaotic experience in December. <br />I don’t think it’d be an issue to find someone who’ll ship it to you….but I could be wrong. I plan to shop there and have it shipped and altered to me, but if they don’t then I’ll just shrug my shoulders, and buy without my mom present. <br /><br />I don’t think it’d dishonest to look without the intention of buying. They won’t know you don’t intend to buy, and to be honest – I TOLD both shops that I was not buying anything that day and they still totally treated me like a queen. They both said “well, you never know, you might fall in love and decide to buy…why not?”


Post # 3
1506 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Wiselizabeth:  I’m not much help, but I’m just popping in to say that I bought my dress two and a half hours away. The only reason I did this, though, is because I heard that the dress shop had all of their clearance gowns on sale for $25, so I had to hit it up! I left the store with two dresses 🙂 But I didn’t order a dress, so I am not much help. I am sorry!

Maybe if you find a dress you absolutely fall in love with, you can have that ah-hah moment with your mom where you declare it as your dress… but then order it from a store at home?

Post # 4
353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF

Wiselizabeth:  I’ll be doing the same thing. I live in London but will be going to Sarasota to visit my mom later this week and I’ve booked an appointment to try on wedding dresses while I’m there. Shipping shouldn’t be a problem from a reputable store, but I also think that if you try something on and love it, no one would fault you for noting your size and the style and ordering it from somewhere closer to you! It’s definitely not dishonest to try it on without an intention of buying – I’ve heard of people going to try on wedding dresses just for fun so there’s certainly nothing wrong with a bride going to shop around!

Post # 5
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I bought my dress in a city around 2 hours from where I live because we were there with both sets of parents at Easter, and it was much better value for money than London! Again, I’m afraid I didn’t order my dress… it was a sample so I took it away with me that day!

Post # 6
18 posts
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’m in a slightly similar situation as we live in Japan and I did my dress shopping in Vancouver. I bought it there and we arranged our reception there to happen before our wedding in Japan, so I just had the store hold on to my dress until I was back in town, do the alterations really quickly, and then took the dress back with me to Japan. 

But for you, you should have no problem getting the store to ship you your dress. In my case the store was more than happy to ship it to me when it came in, but I didn’t see the point in paying them to ship it to me only for me to fly back to Canada with it. One of the other stores I looked at was also selling floor samples, ones I would have been able to walk away with that day. Either way, there should be no problem getting a dress to you if you find the one while shopping with your mom! You could be up front about that from the beginning if you want to be sure, from my experience I found bridal shops to be great at helping you figure out what would work for you (while trying to make sure you buy from them! 😉


Post # 7
4646 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I bought my dress in New York City and I live in Atlanta. I don’t think it should be a problem finding somewhere that will ship to you!

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