Ordering a wedding dress you have never tried on

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
1367 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I did that and ended up selling it because it just looked ok on me.  But that shouldn’t stop you, especially if you’ve tried on similar ones.

The dress I did buy was off the rack from the store around the corner with no alterations required.  Everyone thought I had it custom-made.

ETA that dress is beautiful!


Post # 5
6812 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Maxyfishface78:  I say go for it – if you’ve tried on similar dresses and it’s the style you’re going for, it should all work out! Which dresses did you try on that were similar?

Post # 7
843 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

That dress is beautiful!! I would go for that one without seeing it! I bought my dress from preownedwedding dresses without trying on the dress in store!

Post # 8
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

My friend did that and ended up not liking the dress. Fortunately she had also purchased another dress that she had tried on in person, and she wore that one on her wedding day.

Post # 10
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

GORGEOUS dress! Good luck!

Post # 11
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Maxyfishface78:  I think it depends on how trying on clothes tends to work for you in general. Personally, I think that most dresses (and pants, and shirts, etc.) do not fit me right because I have long legs and a short torso. So if the waistline doesn’t hit at just the right place I tend to look very frumpy and wider than I really am. So for me, I would never order something just based on the look of it. I tend to buy clothes/dresses because of how they make me look rather than how the dress looks by itself. But if fit and flattering your shape are not a huge concern, then definitely go for it.

Post # 13
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013 - old cheese factory

@Maxyfishface78:  i ordered my dress without trying it on. the sample was a size like 5 or something small and i am a plus size bride (24). i ordered my dress and fretted about it for 7 months. it turned out even better than i had dreamed. i had made changes to the neckline and the train when i ordered it. i am so glad i went with my gut and got the dress i loved (even though i couldnt try it on) and not settled for something that was just nice.

i say go for it!

Post # 14
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I ordered mine online without trying! I contacted the company ahead of time with my measurements and they guided me to the right size.
Granted, its not a “traditional” wedding dress (it’s a street sized dress), but I’m really happy with it and it looks amazing on me.

Post # 15
171 posts
Blushing bee

If I may make an observation:  I think you are in love with the idea of becoming a bride.  I think you have dress commitment issues.  You are in love with the gown til you fall out of love with it.

I don’t know your budget, but usually NOT trying on a dress is a bad idea.  Speaking from experience, those little tiny differences can become larger when you are in that dress.  Especially when you narrow it down to the point where you look good in all those final selections.

Post # 16
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I bought my dress without ever seeing it in person or trying it on! I had never even tried on anything in that style! I always wanted an a-line dress, and the one I bought was a mermaid!

The dress fit perfectly, and was everything I expected. Although I don’t love myself in the dress (a little self concious, but that’s my problem, not the dress) I am so pleased with my choice though! It is a stunning dress and I’m so glad I went ahead and ordered it!

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