Post # 1
Hi bees!! So I’m going dress shopping for the first time with my mom and sister in less than a week (EEEEK!) and was wondering if you wise ladies could share any some time/sanity-saving tips you may have? It’s a little earlier than I was planning on going (sometime in September) but my mom and sister both live far far away and will both happen to be here next week so I want to take advantage. We have appointments at David’s Bridal and another salon that carries Mori Lee, Allure, Maggie Sottero, etc…basically all the other lines with styles I wanted to try on. I’ve already printed out picures of the styles I most want to try at both places, and I’m hoping that going to DB mid-morning on a Tuesday will give us a better chance at more personalized service, but is there anything I should be doing in preparation/important questions I should ask? I guess I should bring heels, right? I’m a size 14 and pretty boobalicious so I’m a little nervous about trying on samples…but I’m prepared for the difference in street and label sizes. Thanks SYTTD for the heads up on that one…
Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you!!
Post # 3
Try on lots of different styles! You may be surprised what you like! Don’t take too many people! You can bring heels, but most places will let you borrow some if you forget. Mine let me borrow a bra corset thing, too. Have a great time!!!
Post # 4
Bring hair ties to see how it would look with an updo, half-up, etc.
Post # 5
The only advice I have, and I wish someone had told me: I strongly recommend buying the sample dress that you try on in the store opposed to ordering a new one. Each dress is custom cut and can differ a LOT. I found an amazing Mori Lee dress (style 1901) the fit just made me feel, awesome!…and skinny. So it was perfect, except a LITTLE too tight in the booty area. So I ordered a size up and was assured that they could alter it. Fast forward 4 months and my dress is in, I go to try it on and it looks horrible. The waist was even tighter than the smaller size and the cut was more of a mermaid instead of strait up and down. I really don’t look good in mermaid dresses, and if your own mother says your wedding dress looks really bad, then you know something is wrong! Also, the boning in the bust made me look like I had a big marshmellow chest. The seamstress said the boning wasn’t fixable, and that she thought someone made a mistake when making it. I ended up asking to see the sample and turns out the boning in my dress compared to the sample was only half as long in the torso, and the dress that I ordered just looked…CHEAP. It just wasn’t sewn as nicely.
I honestly think that when designers send sample dresses to the store that they make them a lot nicer/neater/carefully than the ones they’re pumping out off the factory line during the peak of wedding season. Even if there’s makeup stains, get that sucker dry cleaned and get the sample! It would have saved me a lot of trouble..even people who try dresses on a few sizes bigger and like how they look pinned, it seems they never like the dress as much when it’s ordered in their correct size, it’s too hard to tell what it will look like.
Post # 6
try on different styles! Most shops let you barrow a bra and some have bilt in ones in the dress already. When I went to davids they let me barrow one and told me if i liked it I could buy that one I had on, the also let me barrow heels to see what size heel I need to look for to fit with the dress. Putting your hair in a up do befor you go will be alot easyer for you and time saving through out the day.
Post # 7
@capitalbee: take lots of pictures from different angles. Also I’ve read on WB that David’s bridal sells your info, I’d make a wedding email address to give them. And have fun!!!
Post # 8
Make sure you have a budget and dont let them show you things “just a little over” because the little extras won’t be a little with alterations and such.
Post # 9
I second the try on different styles. Even if you don’t think it’ll look nice on you..you’d be surprised. Secondly, take a good look at yourself in your room before you walk out for your family to see. See how you feel about it yourself before you hear what your family has to say. I went dress shopping by myself for the first time, and without the oos and awws of my loved ones, I was truly able to decide what I liked and what I thought looked good on me.
Post # 10
Don’t worry about your figure!!! I’m a wedding dress size 14 because I’m boobalicious and I felt beautiful in everything! The dresses are more flattering and forgiving than we think! Be confident!
Post # 11
here are some tips:
1. wear proper undergarments
2. Dont buy on the spot, leave and think about it and re try it another day and decide
3. take pictures and evaluate at home
4. call other stores that carry the dress and find out if they are willing to give you discount