(Closed) First time wedding dress shopping! Any advice or tips?!

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Just have fun!! All you really need is a strapless bra. I had a blast trying on dresses and had zero clue what I wanted when I first walked in. They helped me narrow it down by sillouhette and it really wasn’t hard πŸ™‚

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Here is my advice after a number of dress fittings. Go to your appointment with an open mind. Its great to have pictures of desired dresses etc but you really need to first establish your silhouette (a good wedding consultant will figure this out for you). I went in hating a certain silhoutte only to find it was my style dress!!  Anyway try everything, listen and learn. I ended up with “the dress” but I initially I put it out of my mind thinking it was not something I could carry off. More to the point – don’t be afraid to try it on and see πŸ™‚

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Dont forget your strapless bra if you plan on looking at strapless dresses and a pair of heels. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Agree with everyone on the strapless bra. Also, stay within your budget! Don’t try on dresses that you can’t afford! Don’t let anyone push you into making a decision. If you need a day or two to sleep on it, do it. The Bee is full of threads about dress regret. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Actually Olive 12 is very correct. Dont’t get pushed into a decison (if your not sure, leave and have a cooling off period). Very true. Also if end up ordering your dress in another color fabric, make sure you are comfortable with this and order the actual swatches from the designer. I based my decison on some old chart they had and only later found out I would have made a different decison on color if I had the proper information. Again, no make decisions under pressure. Speak to the design representative if you feel you need to.

Also make sure you have a full breakfaste or lunch before you go to a dress fitting. Its amazing how over things you can be (make adverse decisions) when your light headed!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Wear proper undergarments as pp suggested. Don’t put on a veil until you are sure that the dress is a top contender as you might just be falling in love with the bridal look. Ask the salon to record your favourite dresses and take time to think about it. Don’t try anything on that is out of your budget you are just hurting yourself and make sure the sales person stays within it no matter what!!! Also follow your heart and choose the one you feel most beautiful in, dont allow other people’s opinions to sway you 

have fun !!!!!!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m sure you will have a blast! Take your time and follow your gut instinct- don’t get pushed into a hasty decision. I was offered 20% discount at one shop if I bought a dress that day, so I didn’t get to sleep on my decision, which is what I usually do. I bought a dress I wasn’t convinced on, and ended up buying a different dress later. I bought my dream dress from the same shop, so they did give me 20% discount on the second dress, but I lost the deposit on the first and this mistake cost me over $1000. Lesson learned- take your time deciding!! Have fun- I would love to try on a thousand more dresses as you really feel like a princess:)

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Little d – your so right. I bought my first dressed and felt pushed into the moment. I woke up the next day knowing it was completely wrong! I was able to cancel it the next morning but geez what an expensive mistake had I waited any longer.  In the end I found my dream dress and explored more. Your so right though… you need time to figure it out and not be pressured. Good advice!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

Since it’s your first time, try ALL KINDS of styles. I thought I wanted a certain style, but ended up buying something totally different. Don’t let them pressure you into buying more than the actual dress there – bras, slips, jewelry…everything will be cheaper elsewhere. Trust me! Also, don’t listen to your fitting consultant about how things look on you. Trust what YOU like in the mirror. It’s their job to tell you you look stunning. That’s something that threw me off – the dress I got (my favorite out of all of them!) wasn’t one she or my mother totally loved. So I second guessed myself. Go in with tough skin. And have fun. πŸ™‚

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Yay congratulations :Laughing

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Lie about your wedding date. Even if you dont get the dress there. Make the date sooner than it is. The stress I endured with my veil and BM dresses and my dress is not worth the hassle. Good luck.

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