Post # 1
I finally bit the bullet and made an appt at David’s Bridal to start dress shopping. I know they have a lot of different styles there so I thought it would be a good place to start narrowing down silhouettes, etc.
I’m kind of nervous though…. I’m going by myself after work tonight. Any tips or pointers??? I brought a strapless bra with me (although the one thing I’m sure of is that I don’t want a strapless dress, but even the non strapless dresses look like you would need a strapless bra). I definitely don’t have a “wedding look” going on right now since I am at work, but oh well.
Bridal appts are 90 minutes…..it won’t really take that long, will it?
Any advice or comforting words would be much appreciated!
Post # 3
Take with you:
-Nude or neutral full-butt undies
-a bottle of water
-a hair tie (so you can see what it looks like with hair up or down)
-a camera or your phone (ask consultant to take photos so you can look at them later, objectively)
-a few ideas of styles you like that are within your budget
-an open mind to try on styles you might not otherwise have considered
Have FUN! You get to dress up like a princess and twirl around 🙂 Come back, post the photos so we can see!
Post # 4
Try on lots of styles – even things you don’t think you want.
I loved my experience at DB, I ended up buying my dress there as well. I was there for 90 minutes easily, and I probably would have stayed longer if they hadn’t been closing, it was so much fun (and I was by myself).
Definitely have a hair tie, nude undies are a good idea, shoes (although they have those there usually).
Have and idea of what you want and what your budget is.
Post # 5
I second what the others have said about the hair tie and nude undies with a strapless bra and water. You may also want to bring some deoderant… it can get hot and you may sweat. Also, keep an open mind. The dress I ended up picking wouldn’t have been one I’d ever have picked out off the rack and when I tried it on I fell in love.
Know you’re style and what you’re looking for for your wedding. I wanted a vintage feel, but thought I wanted a dress with ruffles which is a little more modern. The dress I ended up with fits the vintage feel.
Know your budget. You don’t want to fall in love with a dress that you can’t afford, that would be heart breaking.
And most importantly, a lot of brides hate this part of the wedding planning process so make sure you have fun with it and go with your gut if you find a dress you love, you’re the one wearing it!!
Post # 6
@HannahGrace: The above advice is great!! Don’t let anyone there pressure you into making a decision. It really helped me to take photos and look at them at home, on my own, without salespeople ooohing and aaahing over every dress.
Post # 7
Know your budget.
Also, good for you choosing to go on your own the first time. Its nice to figure out your own style without 5 other people yelling at you about their style prefrences. I found my dress the first time with 6 other influences. I bought the dress….. 6 months later. REGRET. I found my new dress with just my mother-in-law and I. Few weeks later I brought my mom, sister, friend and grandma and I showed them which dress I loved. I am always the kind of person that is out to please others. Im not sure if you are like that….but if you are…..PLEASE, TAKE IT FROM ME….. This is all about you, nobody else! If you find something that makes you feel like a bride and you want your FI to see you in it, then you’ve got it!!!!!
Post # 8
Thank you all so much! I feel better already even though I’m wearing the wrong underwear (white not nude). I do happen to have a hair tie and a hair clip in my bag, and I will bring water. Thank you!!! I bookmarked a few dresses on their site as a starting point, and I didn’t eat pizza for lunch like I wanted to, so hopefully it will all go ok 🙂
It helps to know that not all brides find this part super fun. I will try to enjoy it though. Thanks again!!
Post # 9
I also say to try on styles you haven’t considered. I went in with a one track mind – tulle ballgown. And that’s all I tried on. And I absolutely LOVE my dress. But sometimes I regret not having tried on anything else. I’m not the mermaid type, but I’m so curious to know what I look like in one.
Anyway, dress shopping was my favorite part of the process. So much fun!
Post # 10
Definitely try on a little of everything and have FUN!
Post # 11
@HannahGrace: Print out pictures of those ones you found online (or have them saved on your phone). I’ve heard that they prefer photos there instead of names or item numbers because of how they organize things in store, it’s easier for them to find things with a visual.
Post # 12
wear real undies. I went to a few with a thong on, and boy was that awkward. Db usually makes u wear their long line bras, so dont worry too much about the bra. Most importantly have fun! And take pix so u can show us 😉
Post # 13
Thanks for all the tips! I forgot water which was a BIG mistake…. I started getting lightheaded after about the eighth dress. Photos of the dresses and a poll later 🙂 in the meantime, I really need this. .
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I saw the picture of the beer before reading what you wrote and I thought oh no she skipped out on the appointment and decided to go drinking instead LOL
Post # 16
Enjoy the beeWhoa did you have any favorites?