Dress shopping tomorrow! Should I be this nervous?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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3928 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@PatientBride:    When I set out on my first dress shopping experience I was very, very nervous.   I went with two very supportive people, my mom and my future sister in law.    I was madly in love with a particular dress I had seen online, and also had “decided” on a silhouette which would suit my body type.

Well…. I ended up going on seven trips to five bridal shops, over the course of a month and a half.  (I hit the first two shops twice). The silhouette I thought I “needed” was my least favorite!  I ended up with a dress not at all like my ‘first love’ dress, and a different silhouette.   The dresses look so different on your body than they do on the hanger! So I guess my advice is to keep an open mind and to try several dresses at different shops.  The samples vary enormously even if the designers are the same, and I think it is a good idea to try several designers and silhouettes. 

Oh yes, and PLEASE have someone take photos of you in the dresses you try on!!!  The dresses look so different in photos than they do in the mirror!  And you will want a dress that photographs well!  

Have a wonderful time and let us know how it goes!! Enjoy!!!

Post # 4
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3718 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would bring printouts of styles you like. Also try on EVERYTHING – every shape you can think of and find. Frequently what we like in a picture isn’t what looks good on our bodies. 

That being said, fell in love with a picture of a dress it was the only picture I had that I really liked. It was the dress I bought. I had 2 shopping trips – the first was strictly for trying on shapes and getting an idea of what looked good on my body. 

Post # 5
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398 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You are going to have a great time! I probably tried on 50 dresses at 5 salons until I found my dress. It took me some time to figure out exactly what I wanted so every trip was valuable. Just bring people who are supportive and honest, and take pictures of everything!

Post # 6
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159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Here’s my advice:

1. Bring pictures of the dresses you like but as others said, keep an open mind.  Some dresses that I loved in pictures looked like WAY too much dress on me – the dresses were wearing me.  I ended up with something narrower and simpler that I hadn’t expected at all and I loved it.  And I tried on about 60 dresses.

2. Don’t bring too many people with you.  One or two supportive people is plenty.

3. Don’t expect a crying, “OMG this is my dress” moment.  That doesn’t happen to everyone (didn’t for me).  If it’s a dress you love and you feel it makes you look beautiful and you don’t want to take it off, it’s probably the dress for you. 

4. Have fun.  It’s supposed to be fun.  Take some pressure off yourself.  Despite what people say, the dress isn’t the most important part of the wedding.  Marrying your best friend is. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@PatientBride:  I saw a dress on a website. Went to try the dress on and bought it!! I tried on a couple of others, but just to be sure. I knew the style I wanted as soon as I saw it. I will say though, when I tried on the other dresses I was surprised by what did suit. Best of luck with your search. And don’t settle. Don’t buy it right away. Go away and think about it 🙂

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Trust the consultants and tell them what  you like and don’t like about each dress.  They are very knowledgable about the stock in the store and I found the perfect dress for me through this pro and con method.  It also takes the pressure off.

I actually went to my first appointment alone just to try on as many silhouettes as I could without much pressure.

Post # 9
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805 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

make sure you know what you like and have an idea of what fits your shape, but also be open to trying new things. ive been to 3 salons so far and still havent found the one. i have 3 more to go. im really picky too.

Post # 10
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65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I also am going to dress shopping tomorrow and I am nervous that I will not find that dress that I can not live without. So, me and my MOH are going to Davids Bridal today to just look at some dresses and see what I like in person.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@PatientBride:  Ha ha! Mine was too. But the heart wants what the heart wants!!

I will say, be persistent if you are finding it hard. I went with a friend dress shopping and she found it hard to get what she wanted. But she did eventually and she looked amazing on her wedding day!!

Post # 14
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147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I also didn’t have the crying moment.  But I did only go to 1 shop and bought the first dress I tried on, although I did try on about 7 dresses.  I was sooo nervous that day that I forgot to eat in the morning!  I would def bring pictures with you….helps a lot!   Having a def budget in mind is important too….thats the first thing they will ask you and its so easy to go over-budget.   As for what you like in pictures, I went into my appointment really wanting to love this dress:

 

 

 

And I came out of the appointment falling in love and buying this dress!:

 

Post # 15
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8701 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

My advice is to try on everything. Even if it is a style you don’t think you’d like, the wrong color or material. You could surprise yourself. I didn’t want a ball gown, but I ended up with one. It was the last dress I tried on, I tried on about 8. First store, first day, last dress.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I was one of the girls with dress regret and bought a second dress (which I love) It was, however, a VERY expensive mistake. My mistake was that I said yes the first day to a dress everyone else loved. I didn’t give myself enough time to research, shop around, and get what I wanted.. I say don’t get wrapped up in others getting excited/emotional about a dress, get what YOU love and have fun with it!

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