(Closed) Starting the dress hunt

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I didn’t take a troop of friends with me. It was just my mom and I. I got honest opinions, and it was something special for both of us. Once I picked it out, then I let the girls see it…but there’s nothing more stressful than 6 different opinions, and 6 different tastes. A lot of the shops here stress not bringing you’re whole bridal party the first few times.

I wore a pair of boyshort undies, because some people will help you in and out of dresses, some wont. i took one pair of heels, but that didnt help me on my decision, just helped my posture in the dress! 🙂

Most importantly, good luck and have lots of fun!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Wear undies that you won’t mind if the salesperson sees you wearing them.  Some salespeople will basically follow you right into the dressing room and see you stark naked except for your undies, and help you into your dress.  If you’re lucky and they let you get into the dress in private and then they just help you zip it up (you will need help zipping them up), they’ll still see your undies peeking out when the dress is fully unzipped.

Don’t worry too much about footwear – the store can probably give you an appropriate pair to try on just to see the height with the dress, but you won’t really know what shoes will look best until you’ve chosen your dress.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

STRAPLESS BRA!!!! Thats an important thing!

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2008

My advice from what I learned:

  • Wear a strapless bra
  • Wear underwear you don’t mind people seeing you in (no thongs or anything sheer)
  • Only take a few people with you (I would say no more than 2)
  • Keep an open mind and try on a variety of styles
  • Wear comfortable shoes, for these first try-ons you don’t need heels
  • And most importantly, remember that it is your opinion that matters most, so really try to decide whether YOU like a dress or not, not whether the people with you like it. My first shopping trip I was very influenced by my MOH and my Mom’s reactions to each dress and I didn’t even stop to ask myself if I liked them. It is your wedding and your dress and you should choose one you feel amazing in!
  • Have fun and be patient, it might take a while to find the right one!

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2007

Don’t make an impulse buy unless you are head over heels for your dress.  I had a dress I was ready to buy, but I slept on it and shopped one more day and ended up buying a totally different style/color/designer.  Also – take a digital camera and take pics (front & back) of dresses and look over them once you get home.  Also, take pics of the tags or labels so you don’t forget which ones you love.  Trust me, they will all start to look the same after about the 15th gown.  Absolutely skip taking shoes…these won’t be important until your alterations.  Any good salesperson will let you know in advance if you will require extra length or how much you’ll have to hem.  Definitely do not forget your strapless bra, and a pair of spanx "power panties" (<– that cracks me up for some reason) never hurt anybody either – plus they’ll help if you’re modest.  HTH!

 P.S.  Usually the ones that look awful in the bag – end up being beautiful on – so if it’s in your size – TRY IT ON!

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2018

At the last salon I went to, the salesperson handed me a half slip even though I was trying to A line dresses.  So if you’re self-conscious about people seeing you in your undies, you may think about getting a half slip.  I’ve also heard of people wearing biker shorts for more coverage.  Also, try on the dresses even if you don’t like it on the rack.  I thought I loved one dress.  When I went to try it on again, I still asked the salesperson for a "similar style" that they may suggest.  I ended up LOVING (and buying) the new dress that the salesperson suggested and not the one that I originally thought I liked.  Have fun and good luck!

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

i agree, the dress i bought, i hated on the hanger! dont discriminate on the rack! 😉

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

The ladies on this board have already said a lot of awesome things. Just kicking in my two cents – I was shocked about how much energy it took, so I would say if you’re planning to do a dress hunt that you book no more than three stores in one day (I would really say two is optimal) and bring along a little bag of caramels or hard candy to keep your sugar level up a bit while you’re trying on the dresses. My MOH had a bag of Jolly Ranchers and they seriously saved my life after an hour of climbing in and out of big dresses under hot lights.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2007

Also, if you know any sprites of fairies, bring them along to hide under the dresses with little fans.  Those babies get hot!

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