Post # 1
I am sorry if this soundslike a dumb and incredibly basic question..
I found a dress online that I love and I think could be “the one”. I haven’t set foot in a bridal store of any kind in 16 years, so bear with me here. The last wedding dress I bought (and never wore) was from a “bridal warehouse” type place where you just walked in and did your thing, no appointments or any of that. The staff pretty much left me alone unless I asked for help (and I liked it that way!)..
Obviously, I need to try the dress on in person so I used the designer’s store locator feature and found ONE place in town that carries that line.
So now do I just call them up and ask if they have that particular dress? If not, then what? Do they order it for me? If they do that, can I ask that they order it in all the (3) shades it comes in so I can try on all three?
And what about the fact that I have zero intention of actually buying the dress in that store? I say this because I have found it online at a price almost 50% less than all other retailers advertising it… so I doubt this salon in town will have it for the price I know I can get it for. I just feel funny about going to try on a dress knowing that.. but I do NEED to try it on if at all possible since it’s a cut I don’t normally wear and I’m not certain it will flatter me.
Oh and finally, aren’t you supposed to wear whatever foundation garments you plan to wear on the day of the wedding when you go try on dresses? I think so, but I don’t have anything like that. I just have my normal bras and such, and I think this dress will require me to wear a tummy smoother or waist cincher or something along those lines, but I don’t have one now to wear before I go.
I am just finding myself unusually anxious about the whole thing. I don’t know why. It’s freaking me out a bit. Silly, I know. I just don’t want to deal with possibly fancy/snobby bridal salon folk and I don’t want anyone trying to sell me anything and all that.
Post # 3
Call them to ask to see if they have a sample of the dress you want to try. If they do great!
If not, they will not order you in the dress they will only do that if you put a deposit down and order YOUR dress. Sometimes stores have borrowing programs where they can borrow a sample of the dress from the designer for you to try on. But I don’t know how often they do this and if they do do it they will only order it in one colour.
If they don’t have a borrowing program for your designer I would call every store that carries your designer within your driving radius. How far are you willing to go? I drove 3 hours to try on my dress 😉 But it was sooo worth it!
Finally, regarding undergarments it’s not such a big deal I just wore an everyday thong and bra every time I went LOL! But if you think that a body shaper would make a difference in how you feel about the dress I would get one before hand!
Post # 4
Hah you sound like me a couple months ago. I can’t stand boutiques but I had to call around and find a place that carried my dress. So yes, you need to call. If they don’t carry it they might be able to order it depending on the designer and if they still have one to “borrow” to the store. You probably will not be able to look at it in all colors, just whatever sample they have.
It doesn’t matter if you planned on buying it in store, just go try it on, love it, and say you’d like to think about it a bit more before you make your decision- easy peasy.
They have corsets, crinolines, etc for you to try on with the dress, just ask. Most of us can’t buy the undergarments until we know what the dress is, they know that (like if you have a really low back or something)
Dont worry about it, go have fun! I was freaked before my first appt too, but now I wish I did it more, its kind of fun to play dress up 😛
Post # 5
Ok, lots of questions!
Firstly, calling the store is a good idea – they don’t automatically stock all the dresses. If they don’t have the dress you want, they may be able to order a sample from the manufacturer. This will be the dress created for the catalogue shots, so it’ll be a very small size, and generally only available in one colour. For other colours, you’ll have to rely on swatches/advice/different dresses in the colour you want. If they have to order a dress in, they will usually charge you for it (£40 was about standard in my experience).
Underwear – I would buy some modest, light-coloured underwear including a strapless bra. The level of privacy in different shops varies a lot, so you don’t want to be stood about in a g-string. Don’t go buying expensive “bridal” underwear yet – your dress may not need it.
Don’t worry about having no intention of buying, just don’t tell them that! I went to about 10 different shops, and I only bought 1 dress. They know how it works. In my experience, there’s not usually any pressure to buy on the spot – it’s a pretty long and drawn-out process, and all the places I went to respected that you’d need time to think things over.
Hope that helps!
Post # 6
I did this several times and it’s not a big deal. There was a dress I was considering buying that I’d found in Seattle, and I wanted to show it to my mother when I was visiting her in Virginia, so I just found a store that carried the designer and asked if they had that particular dress. They did, I made an appointment, I tried on the dress and showed it to my mother, then I took it off and left. Again, not a big deal.
You want to have your particular bridal undergarments on for your fitting – that being, when you have your dress in your hands and you go to the tailor to have them take it in to fit you. So you’re fine now. At this point, you’ll be ordering the dress based on your measurements (bust/waist/hips), which you can get a tailor to take for you, or just ask a friend.