Post # 1
So I took my first big trip to the bridal salons this weekend to try on bridal gowns. I did my homework and went through litterally all the designers I could find and printed out each style I liked. However, when I got to the salon they didn’t really have the particular dresses that I found. I ended up finding a great dress, but I still have one particular dress that I would like to try on but I can’t find samples to try on at any salons (in the surrounding 3 states)
Did any of you fall in love with a dress on the internet that you couldn’t find to try on? Did you just order your dream gown and spend more time and money on alterations?
I just feel like I settling if I don’t keep looking….
Post # 3
I bought a dress having never tried it on.. I had been saving the pic and the sec I was engaged I ordered it! Well being Ms Indecisive I’ve changed my mind and ordered another that is more simple (we having a vegas wedding)… But the first gown is so gorgeous! I still love it! What I did was try on other gowns from that designer and get measured and order accordly. (I was measured a 4 but tried a 6 and felt that fit so went with the 6… of course I would rather it be too large than small.)
Post # 4
Well, I went in with a stack of photos, mostly to illustrate style. The place I went had a number of dresses that were similar styles, which I tried on. And I found a great dress, in my price range, that looked great on me and was really about what I had envisioned. So I ordered it – figuring that based on my previous dress shopping experience (which was not good) that I didn’t really want to invest the time to see if I could find something a little better, when I had something really wonderful right there. Because the salon I went to actually removes the tags from the dresses, I didn’t realize until they actually placed the order that it really was one of the dresses from my stack of photos! I guess because I live in a pretty small town, I never figured that I was necessarily going to be able to find a specific dress unless I took a weekend trip somewhere. And I really didn’t want to order something sight unseen, or shop far enough away that fittings would also be a major production.
Post # 5
I’m currently living in Zimbabwe and was ecstatic when I found a gown shop in Johannesburg that carried the designer of the dress I had found on the internet. When I got there though, they didn’t have the exact dress I had found. I tried on lots of gowns in different styles and found myself more comfortable in the ones that were more like the one I fell in love with on the internet. Therefore, after some considerations, I went back to the shop and got my measurements taken as per the designer’s sizes and ordered the dress. I spoke to the seamstress there about alterations and how much they could take the gown down or let it out. She reassured me that what amounts to TWO full sizes could go either way 🙂
It should be in at the end of this month!! I’m excited to go and have my first fitting. I’ll let you know how it went.
Post # 6
the bridal salon i bought my first gown from didnt have the specific one i wanted so they called the designer(henry roth) and they sent a sample to the shop; it took a few weeks, but i was able to try on the one i wanted and eventually bought it.
if the salon cant get a sample from the designer then how about trying on a similar style and gauge it that way?
happy dress hunting!
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA
Personally I think it’s really important to see what the dress looks like on YOU. I thought I had found the dress of my dreams when I saw pictures of it, but when I tried it on I wasn’t thrilled with the details or the quality of the material. The dress I did end up purchasing was one that I had in my bridal binder, but I never would have thought it was "the one" without trying it on.
Is it possible that a local dress shop will be getting in a sample of the dress at some point? Perhaps you can call/email the designer of the dress to see if any local shops have it on order. I did this and found that a shop just a few minutes away from me would have it within the next few months. I’m glad I waited to try it on!
Also, don’t be afraid to walk into a store and just try on different dresses that you never would have thought to try before…. you may be very surprised!