Post # 1
Saturday is my first venture out to look at gowns. I am super nervous! I have no idea what to expect, what will look good on me. I have pictures but I really have no clue what I am doing. What kind of questions should I ask? Do the women that work there watch you dress and undress? Can I take pictures? What if nothing looks appropriate? ARGH!
Post # 3
ooooooh, how exciting!!!! i think you’ll find that the dress-hunting experience is different for different people. i know some brides who hated it, but i personally found it lots of fun!
it’s good to take some pictures with you of styles you like. the consultant should be able to pull similar dresses for you to try. but don’t be afraid to try things that you wouldn’t normally think you’d go for. some girls end up getting dresses that are the total opposite of what they originally wanted, but they found looked the best on them in the end!
the picture taking thing depends on the rules of the bridal shop. some will let you, and some won’t. the consultants will tell you. it’s okay to ask.
the dressing room also varies by salon. nicer salons/shops are going to have individual dressing rooms. some will have consultants who will help you into and out of the dress. mine did and it was very helpful. wear a strapless bra if you’ve got one.
and remember, you don’t have to make any decisions or purchases on the first day! just get an idea of styles you like, have the consultant keep track of the ones you may want, and then relax and keep looking until you find the ONE.
good luck!!! keep us posted!!
Post # 4
I went into shopping with pictures of my 2 favorite dresses. My recommendation to you is to wear comfortable underwear that provides coverage, because they most likely will have someone there helping you in & out of your dresses. I wore a bra with straps but they did have a strapless bra I could borrow.
Make sure you’re not shopping on an empty stomach, because it does take a lot of energy. Bring a snack, water & an open mind! Don’t say no to anything they bring you because it could be the one! Mine was not one of the ones pictured & was definitely not what I initially expected myself in. And I love it!
And, a word of advice from a friend that I am happy I received . . . If you find the dress and know it’s the one, don’t buy it! Walk away from it, try on other dress if you want to, but just walk away. If you’re still thinking about yourself in the dress a week or so later, then go back & buy it. It’ll help keep you from doubting yourself & becoming a 2 dress bride!
I knew my dress was it and I tried on two other dresses in the store. That weekend I went to another shop & tried on dresses. After a week of staring at myself in my dress, I knew I would not regret it and I went and bought it. No doubts!
Post # 5
What great advice! I never thought about trying on things that I didn’t already have kind of pictured in my mind. Walking away- another good tip. Thank you!!! Never thought about the bra, either!!!
Post # 6
i would try on all different styles – strapless, straps, the princessy ball gown, beaded, not beaded – a little of everything. you never know what will strike you as looking good on you!
also don’t feel like you have to hit up a bunch of different shops all in the same day. going to just ONE shop can be tiring, physically and emotionally, so just remember it’s not a marathon that you have to get through in one day.
ohhh, how exciting! take me with you! 🙂
Post # 7
I was nervous for my first dress shopping experience, too! Be prepared to get emotional (happy, sad, excited, weepy) and just have fun!
Your consultant is there to help, so ask lots of questions. No question is too dumb. The consultants do this all the time, where it’s a one time thing for all of us. 🙂
They usually have a robe in the room for you. (I didn’t use it, it was just easier to stand there in my bra and undies than put the robe on and take it off between dresses.) Taking pictures varies from store to store…most of the places I went to didn’t allow it.
Don’t worry and try not to be nervous! You might not find THE dress on Saturday, but you will find it!!
Post # 8
Strapless bra, and dont refuse to try on something, you really just dont know. Also dont be offended by bridal sizes they are completely differant to street sizes, the consultant usually knows best. 🙂
My advice also is.. dont just go to one store.. go to as many as, but not just one.. Dont try on a handful… try on alot. My regret was buying the 4th dress I tried on and I only tried on 5 in total. I wish I kind of look around more but it had me in alot of dress doubt. I dont have dress doubt now as my dress is now been altered to reflect me. 🙂
good luck have fun!
Post # 9
Have so much fun on Saturday!
My biggest advice– don’t take too many people with you. Having too many opinions will only confuse you.
I also second the advice to wear underwear with coverage (or spanx if you are so inclined). My Bridesmaid or Best Man who came dress shopping brought a robe just in case, which was nice to have.
Also, don’t be afraid to haggle a little over price– think of it as buying a car. Often the price on the sticker is just a jumping off point for negotiation (within reason of course).