Post # 1
When you went dress shopping did you search for bridal salons that had the dresses you found online or did you just go to the bridal salon with printouts of online styles for reference (more like SYTTD) and then the consultants find you similar dresses?
I only ask because I am starting to fall in love with some dresses I’m seeing online but I’ve called a few stores with one of them being a major bridal store and found out that they don’t have a few of the dresses. They assured me that my dress is somewhere in their 4,000 dresses but it still bummed me out. It almost makes me want to stop looking at dresses online (easier said then done).
My mother isn’t flying out until mid October to go dress shopping so right now online is really all I can do.
Post # 3
Personally I searched for salons. I didn’t know enough about the wedding industry at the time to know about how designers distribute their gowns and such. Also that way I had a better idea of what salons carried what designers. It made it much easier.
Post # 4
never set foot in a bridal salon. filene’s basement running of the brides. tried on everything i could get my hands on, loved more than one of them, chose one. bought it. done and done.
Post # 5
I planned to just go to salons in my area because I had not researched dresses/designers, but I came across Pronovias and the more I read about the quality of fabrics and structure of the dresses, the more I wanted to try on Pronovias gowns.
There was only 1 store in Maine and 1 store in New Hampshire that carried Pronovias, so I went to both shops, and purchased my dress. I did try on some other dresses at the shop in New Hampshire, but ended up with a Pronovias.
Post # 6
Had no real clue what I wanted. Well…not ballgown and not strapless. Took in 3 dress pics.
One that I thought I’d love looked horrible! Another one I went gaga over; it was gorgeous, but it was $400 over my budget. The 3rd was too high but my actual dress is very similar in style.
I tried on a total of about 18 dresses and ended up choosing the first dress
Post # 7
I had done a lot of on-line and magazine searching. It is hard because each salon only carries certain samples. They can ususally get a sample if you really want to see it.
I would recommend going to salons by yourself first so you get a good idea of what you want without any “background noise”. I love my mom but I needed to do more shopping than I did in our one weekend together. As a result, I changed my dress 3 times. And it’s fun!
When you go, definitely bring pictures of what you like. That will give the consultants ideas of silhouettes, styles, embellishments you like. They may have suggestions of dresses you’ve never seen or wouldn’t have considered.
Post # 8
I did a lot of online searching and found my dress the first day we went shopping back in February. I ordered my dress that day and it should be here in the next few days! I didn’t expect to order something the first day AT ALL but I fell in love with the dress!
Post # 9
I only went to one bridal salon. They made me feel so ancient that I shopped online after that!
Post # 10
My frist dress experience was at running of the brides just cause I had been so busy trying to find a venue, buying a house and with work I hadnt take time to make any appointments at bridal shops. I bought a dress there today… but… we’ll see. I did like, almost love it, but I’m not loving it in pictures as much as in person. I *might* still make an appointment or two to try some Maggies that I really liked on their site.
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2011 - The Viceroy
I went to about 10 bridal salons. I’m the kind of person that needs to see a lot of options before making a decision. At first I brought in pictures of what I liked, but after a couple salons I had a better idea of what looked good on me and what I liked, so after that I just described what I was looking for, which I liked better.
Post # 12
I heard this somewhere in another post (can’t remember where, though)…This is a possibility if you really love a dress and the store doesn’t have it in stock. If the salon has multiple locations, and the dress is at another store, you can ask them to send it to the store you are using. They will charge a fee to so this, but the fee will be applied to the price of the dress if you buy it.
Post # 13
Thanks ladies….I’ve got about 5-7 bridal salons I can go to when my mom comes to visit. She’ll be here for 4 days so I figure we can even fit in more if we have to.
I probably just need to keep an open mind and have an idea of what I want be then also be open to other suggestions and be prepared to go a different route if what I think I like doesn’t actually look right.
Post # 14
I knew I really liked Maggie Sottero dresses so I looked up the shops in my area that have them and started there. I took in pictures of the dresses I liked (both Maggie and not) and told the consultants I wanted to try on similar looks. As it turns out neither place had any of the dresses I had brought in, but the consultants did a good job of bringing out similar stuff and making suggestions I think.
Post # 15
Honestly, I did both. I sought out specific dresses and I took in pictures of styles I liked to give an idea of what I wanted. It took me 7 months, probably 15 different bridal salons and (I estimate) probably 150 dresses to find my dress.
I was really, really picky.
Post # 16
I did a little of both. I looked through a lot of magazines and on line stuff. I found lots of dresses that I liked, but there didn’t seem to be a consistant style among the dresses I liked.
I sort of fell into an appointment at David’s Bridal. I tried on 7 and found one that I loved. I found another dress at Group USA that I just had to try, so I tried 7 there and ended up with a top three full of very different dresses. Finally I found an Alfred Angelo that I just needed to try on. My Maid/Matron of Honor really wanted me to try dresses where she bought hers so she made an appointment for me. They didn’t have that dress, but pulled some like it and some different. She found THE dress for me. It’s prefect and not anything like any of the ones that I marked as favorites on the Knot.
Come October make a few appointments, at a few places. Trust the consultants to pull some dresses for you that aren’t anything like what you think will look good on you. I never in a million years would have believed that I could wear the slim a-line that my dress is.