Post # 1
I have not started trying dresses on yet, but I have pinned about 50 dresses that I love. I know that photos can’t help much and the you really need to just go try on, but I don’t know how to narrow down all the possible choices that I really want to try.
How do you narrow it down enough to be able try on the types of dresses you thought you might be interested in? It seems overwhelming at this point. VERY overwhelming!
did you have a ton of dresses at you were interested in? If so, did those selections help or hinder the dress selection process?
Post # 3
Dress shopping can be very overwhelming and the online pre-search even more. There are so many gorgeous dresses out there!
First of all: budget will limit you. That will eliminate a lot of dresses. Second of all, the availability of bridal stores within reasonable travelling distance will limit you somewhat. You can travel half the world to find the perfect dress but this is not nescessary.
But lastly you will eliminate possible dresses quickly once trying on dresses. I wouldn’t be to worried.
Is your pinterest-board public? Maybe I can help you ‘distill’ your style from all those pictures.
Post # 4
Speaking from experience, I had a ton of dresses that I thought were gorgeous. Once I went to try dresses on it became a different story. After trying a few on you will be able to eliminate a few styles and get an idea of what looks best on your body.
Also, you’ll probably find at least 1 dress that you didn’t see online and fall in love.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Stop looking at pinterest/magazines/etc. None of those people are you, living in your body and planning your wedding. How they look in a dress really should not impact you. Instead, sit down, close your eyes, and try to imagine yourself on your wedding day. How do you want to feel (Sexy? Sophisticated? Floaty/airy? Whimsical? Classic? Modern? Avant garde? etc.). Then ask yourself what types of dresses you associate with the words you’ve chosen. Maybe you want “classic” and your idea of “classic” means a full skirt. Okay, then a ballgown or a-line may be your preferred style. Of maybe you said “whimsical” and picture yourself in tulle. There you go.
Now you have some general guidelines that you can give to your consultant. And then you are ready to actually try some on. You will learn loads more by walking into your first 2 appointments with an open mind and trying on loads of dresses. Go to salons with good reputations (not Davids!!!), tell them how you want to feel in your dress, and let them advise you. Try on the style(s) you think you want AND styles that you aren’t sure of. Don’t judge a dress by its appearance on the hanger. Be open to suggestions. They dress brides every day, so they know their inventory and what works on different body types fairly well. And try to have fun. This is shopping for a dress, not writing a peace treaty, so don’t take it too seriously.
Post # 6
@lovekiss: that is GREAT advice! thanks!
Post # 8
Budget will definitely narrow down your choices. The first time you shop in person make sure you shop within your budget. There is no point breaking your own heart by trying on something that you cannot have regardless of how tempting it is. The big question is how do you want to look on your wedding day? Glam, princess, classic? Try on a dress in each sillouette to see what shape you liek the best and go from there. A lot of salons do not carry all the dresses so you may not find the one that you are searching for. If you can narrow it down to a couple designers and visit stores that carry those. And once you find your dress STOP looking
Post # 9
@Stargaze31: i tried on over 40 dresses and i was having a very hard time choosing my wedding gown and then i tried on that one dress and the rest did not matter i knew it was my dress without a nother thought 😉 i screamed and cried later at home i knew i found the dress i woke up early the next morning and drove the over an hour drive to put 1/2 down on that dress 😉 you will know when you have found ur dress caz all your runner up dresses wont matter.
its been 3 months since ive found my dress and i dont have not one regret i wish i could order it now but i cant lol
wait for that moment it will come 😉 dont stress!