Nervous to but dress online…

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
5 posts

Im not sure where you are looking to buy. I had actually bought my first dress at JJSHOUSE and I will say it came in pretty fast and the it was made very nicely exactly like the picture.  But the style looked absolutely horrible on me,  I have bigger boobs lol so its harder for me to just buy things without trying them on. Needless to say we are out $200 and I had to wind up going to bridal shops anyway ( I got my gown at alfred angelo) I think that its a risky decision if you don’t have extra money to waste I wouldn’t do it especially if you arent the kind of person who can try on any style and be satisfied with it. Also if I did keep the dress I would have needed alterations even though I had it made by my measurements. Oh and those dresses since they are made to size you cant return them.  Hope that helped. . Good luck! 

Post # 3
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I bought a dresss online, but I went to several bridal shops to try on dresses to see which flattered me/ which I liked. Some things I loved in pictures looked awful on me!

Post # 4
488 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I bought my dress online – and from another country with no option of exchange/return. Yep, it’s nervewracking! My advice:

  • know exactly what you want and what looks good on you
  • try on specific silhouettes at a local store so you know what to expect (ballgowns can be heavy on the hips, mermaids can be hard to walk in, polyester fabric can get very hot etc)
  • be realistic about how the dress might look on you. It’s easy to obsess over photos online but the reality of how the dress will look in person might be very different.
  • If you’re spending a decent amount, buy from a reputable designer. If it doesn’t work out, you can easily sell the dress at small to no loss
  • If you’re not spending a decent amount, accept the fact that buying online is a risk and keep your expectations in check. You probably won’t be able to sell the dress if it doesn’t work out.
  • If buying second-hand, demand a mountain of pictures, including a picture of the receipt. Contact the store where the seller oroginally purhcased the dress and double-check that the receipt is legitimate. As an aside, this happened to me. I asked the seller for a receipt, she provided one, I double-checked with the store (Saks Jandel) and they informed me it was fake (this was later confirmed when the seller deleted their email account!)! In a stroke of luck, Saks actually still had the sample of the dress I was after, and that’s now my wedding dress 😀
  • Have a friend or local seamstress measure you properly and compare measurements online. Make sure that the measurements online are the “body measurements” not the dress measurements (dress measurements are *usually* half an inch bigger).
  • If you can, order the dress a size larger than you think you need. It’s better to have the dress a little large and take it in than risk having the dress be too small.

I’m tallish too (5’9) and my dress was actually too long (even in 3″ heels!). I think most dresses are made for 5’11 women so you should be fine (but double check before buying, obviously).

I hope that info helps – have fun shopping for your dress!

Post # 5
41 posts

Don’t be nervous, everything has the first time, just try it!

Post # 6
41 posts

I can recommend a site which called alizeebridal, I bought my bridesmaid dresses there, inexpensive and free shipping.

Post # 7
405 posts
Helper bee

Just say no to buying online.  Go to a store and try on wedding dresses.  See what you like.  Then, once you find a gown, you can save some extra bucks by purchasing a used or sample gown, if you want.

Post # 8
671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I made a mistake and bought online from Dolly Couture. I’m also nearly your height. I’m sure it would have looked nice on another figure, but made me look like a giant marshmallow. Because I had custom measurements I can’t return it and have to try and sell it. I highly, highly recommend going to a store and trying on dresses. I know, I’m not a girly girl and had no girlfriends to go with, so I was really worried and nervous. I found a place that sold samples and went in there, second dress I tried on was the one and I could take it home that day and got an excellent deal! I would just be so careful with online, you could get stuck with a dress that looks awful and doesn’t suit or is badly made. 

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