Post # 1
The wedding is now 9 months away, and I have yet to look at dresses. I’m just not excited to at all, I feel like nothing will look good on me. I’m not big on wearing dresses or having my picture taken lately, as I have gained quite a bit of weight. I plan on going in March, but I am just dreading it.
Anyone else feel like this? Did you find a dress you loved anyway??
Post # 3
I dreaded it, but then my friends promised we would have fun, and it was. There was no pressure, just and trying on different styles. I am very indecisive, and I think that’s what was making me apprehensive, but I actually fond the one that day and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. It isn’t as bad as you think it will be. Bridal stores, go out of their way to make you look and feel beautiful, no matter what your size or shape are, so I’m sure as long as you keep the day light you’ll have a great time!
Post # 4
I was very nervous about it. Worried that I would look horrible in all dresses. I put it off till 7 months before the Wedding and then I had to bite the bullet. The first shop I visited was terrible. I’m was a UK street size 14 (I think a US size 10) back then and just thought white, ivory dresses would make me look terribly fat. Wondered whether I could source a black wedding dress cos at least it would be slimming. But anyway, they wouldn’t even try me in some of the dresses I liked. They told me I could hold it up! I left the shop feeling like I never wanted to visit another shop again. However, fear of not having a dress took over and I moved onto the next shop. However, they were absolutely fabulous! Started with picking one type of every shape they stocked, even if I wasn’t keen on the shape and we went from there. I turns out, Wedding dresses have lots of boning that make you look fab and I then had the bug. I thought I would end up with something covering tummy, hips like an A-line however, I really seemed to suit the mermaid shape. Not really tight though, but it ended up boosting my confidence. I lost about 20lbs in weight and found the whole experience to really enlighten my life. The dress made me feel a million dollars. It was a fab day. You will get there, just don’t over estimate how long it will take to find your dress
Post # 5
@stephee: My wedding is in 3 months, I’ve been engaged for 7 months and I have yet to look at dresses. I’m fluffy too, and it doesn’t bother me, it just sucks cause things only look good on me if they sit just right on my body. I have the money just sitting here while I avoid making a decision. Ugh. I’m not helping. lol. Just know, you’re not alone.
Post # 6
It’s all about what you’re wearing underneath! I honestly had a pretty depressing David’s experience, which was the first place we went to. I felt like everything I tried on made me look lumpy and oblong. Well, the big problem was that the longline bra the saleswoman gave me was a size too big since they were out of loaners in my size. The result was that it bunched up under every gown I put on. As soon as we went to the next shop and I was in properly-sized undergarments, everything suddenly looked great.
Another tip that someone else gave me before I went was to make sure I was already having a good appearance day before I went. They told me to make sure I did my hair, put on a little make up (not too much because you don’t want to get it all over the dresses) and wear some nice jewelry. It really helped! I have self-esteem issues with my appearance, but I ended up having a great shopping experience. 🙂
Post # 7
@stephee: I was dreading going dress shopping as well because I am very self concious. I thought I wouldn’t be able to fit into any sample dresses. I was also nervous about changing in front of my consultant, but she made me feel comfortable. Almost every sample I tried on fit or was a tad too tight. I had an awesome experience. I ended up finding a dress I absolutely loved. I do suggest trying on all different silhouettes because you never know what will and won’t look good on you. I never thought I would fit into a fit and flare or a mermaid wedding dress and I did, plus it actually looked amazing on me. I brought some pictures of dresses I wanted to try on and my consultant picked a few out for me as well. Just relax and have fun! Good Luck!
Post # 8
@stephee: I was sure I’d hate it, too, but I had really good experiences (thanks in part to recommendations from other bees). The consultants were very professional, and they really tried to make it a positive experience. I ended up getting an evening gown from a department store, but I was really happy with the bridal salon experience — it was even kind of fun. I hope you have a good experience too!
Post # 9
jadlnc Thanks! I’m glad it’s not just me 🙂
Slybrarian Those are great tips!! I should totally do makeup and hair nice that day, since I hardly ever do either. I think that might help a lot!!
Thanks for all the tips everyone! I am slightly more excited and less dreading it now 🙂