First dress shopping (Davids Bridal) / how do you know when you find THE dress?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1646 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

It’s true, you’ll just know. in my experience(which was yesterday!) I didn’t want to take the dress off! And now, I haven’t stopped thinking about that dress! 

Also, just wanted to say i love the dress with the short cap sleeves on you! So gorgeous! 




Post # 4
783 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@somersetdarling:  Let’s see…I like them both. I like the first one without the sash. I think the 2nd one gives you lovely lines. 🙂

Post # 5
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I didn’t cry or get overly emotional over my dress, but I knew it was the one because it looked awesome and I felt great.

Post # 6
1840 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I always wondered why people cried when they found their dress. I wasn’t judging it, I just didn’t understand it. That is until I found my dress. I cried because I felt like such a beautiful woman and I felt like a bride for the first time. When the owner of the boutique spread my train out, it was a wrap.

You look great in the second dress! I love it!

Post # 7
405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I thought I might be someone who cried over my dress… didn’t happen.  I didn’t cry over my proposal either – I think I was too surprised!  (My most emotional moment came unexpected a couple months later out to dinner with my FI when we were talking about the wedding, and how much we loved each other – cried right in the middle of the restaurant – oops!)  

Anyway, back to the dress.  I had to take a couple days to sleep on my decision, but I really valued that time because within a day, my choice was crystal clear – no other dresses even compared in my mind anymore!  So if you didn’t feel like you HAD to buy that day, don’t worry.  And there is nothing wrong with continuing to shop… Personally, I love the second one on you!

Post # 8
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Ok, being contrary to previous posters… Not everyone cries and falls in love with THE dress. Let yourself try on a load of different ones. Don’t judge yourself if you don’t fall in love – just think back and see how you feel in each dress.

if you don’t feel ‘bridal’ – try dresses with the veil and everything. Even if you’re not planning on wearing one, it’ll help you look at it differently.

on a different note it’s great that db let you take photos – I’ve not been anywhere in the uk that does! did they have lots of accessories – hair pins and so on? I’m thinking of going, I have my dress but need to accessorise it. 

(Apologies for typos, my phone is being awkward)

Post # 9
1491 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

When we found my dress, I didn’t cry, I didn’t feel anything special, I had no idea it was “my” dress…. my MOM was the one who was like “Oh PS, that is it, its perfect, its totally you!”   The only time I started to cry was from the stress of having to decide RIGHT THEN if this was my dress. 


I had tried on about 100 dresses though at that point, I think I was a bit numb. My mom was a great barometer, and since she hated about 95% of the dresses I tried on and she LOVED this one, I went with her good opinion.   I had more of a “Ooohhhhh” dress moment when I tried the dress on 2 weeks later with veils, and then I knew I had made a good decision.   So I 2nd the idea of trying it on with veils and/or accesories.   


Post # 10
1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Im not an emotional person, so the thought of tearing up over a garment is just beyond me… I knew i had found my dress when i went to other appointments and was lookign at other dresses i was comparing all of them to mine and didnt like any of them as much. 

Post # 11
1475 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@somersetdarling:  That feeling doesn’t happen to everyone – so definitely cut yourself some slack.

That being said THAT feeling did happen for me. I tried on quite a few dresses and there was always that one that stuck out in my mind. It fit perfectly, was extremely beautifully made and detailed and I felt amazing in it. I didn’t buy it that day, I left and went to other stores but when I woke up the next day I knew it was the one and went back and got it – after trying it on AGAIN 🙂

So, you may never get that moment but if it looks great on you AND you feel great in it, that’s a great way to tell too.


Post # 12
1475 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@somersetdarling:  Oh and I never cried or got emotional and neither did my mom we both just loved it and thought it was perfect on me.

Post # 14
1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m a David’s Bridal bride, too, though here in the US instead, and it seems like we’re dress twins, too, since mine is a tea-length Oleg Cassini. I didn’t have one of those ah-ha! moments when it came to the dress. I just thought it looked fantastic on my larger frame, that it was exactly what I had wanted, and that I felt pretty and feminine (not something that’s normal for me).

I do know, though, that if you’re not comfortable in your body you won’t be satisfied with a dress. You’ll be feeling fat and ugly, but that’s not the dress, that’s yourself. You say you’ve gained weight, but you’re honestly lovely. So you go out there and you rock those dresses and you acknowledge that you’re pretty and it’ll be a lot easier to choose.

Post # 16
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I had that moment alone in the dressing room. No tears or anything, just a moment where it hit me that I was getting married. I was very calm and felt very ready. I also went out of the dressing room not worrying about anything. Felt…very ready and very me.

I went to David’s Bridal too.

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