Post # 1
I swear I am an adult, but I am a little overwhelmed and mystified by the wedding dress shopping process, and I would appreciate any advice!
I’m not looking to spend a ton of $ and I can’t imagine myself ending up in a big frilly dress with a train or anything, but short of that, I don’t know what would look good on me or what I want.
I was thinking of starting to look at someplace like David’s Bridal, but I’m not sure if I need to make an appointment or how it works… ideally I’d like to be able to browse around and try on stuff by myself, but I’m not sure if they let you do that there. I imagine a smaller bridal boutique-y store is going to have consultants and such, and that feels overwhelming.
Any tips would be very much appreciated – thank you in advance!!
Post # 3
You need an appointment at most bridal shops. Some stores allow you to look through the racks, others don’t. The consultants are there to help you, and I found they are quite good and I didn’t run into any pushy ones, thank goodness! They will want to know some idea of your style, the wedding/reception venue and time of day. If you have no idea at all about what sort of dress/material/neckline and want to try on various silhouettes, then tell them that – I did and it really helped. The silhouette which was “supposed” to be the best for my body type really was not at all what I liked. I’d suggest visiting several stores before you make a decision – you can always go back several times and try on the same or other dresses. Best of luck and keep us posted!!
Post # 4
I went to David’s Bridal then Alfred Angelo first before going to smaller boutiques. You do need to make an appointment with them and will have a consultant, but it is actually really nice having one. Alfred Angelo was amazing since I told them I had no idea what style or silhouette I liked. She asked me a lot of questions about my vision and wedding, then brought me three dresses in three separate styles she thought I would like according to my venue and such. Then after I tried each one on, she asked me what I would change about that dress and what I thought of the silhouette. After I tried all three on, she asked which silhouette I liked the best, and brought me more dresses with that silhouette to try to keep getting closer to what I wanted.
When I went to a smaller boutique, it was a lot easier because I already knew which silhouette I wanted by then and was able to give them a more detailed discription of what I wanted so my consultant could pull dresses even closer to what I was looking for.
It is a lot less overwhelming having a consultant pulling dresses for you instead of wandering around yourself.
Post # 5
I should suggest looking at dresses online to get ideas and if there is any you really like then bring a picture of it with you to the appointment. That’s what I did and I’m so glad. Also try on different silhouettes. What I thought would look good on me didn’t at all. I looked bigger than what i was. What I thought would look awful on me actually looked really good. I liked having a consultant because I showed her a bunch of dresses I liked and I told her my price range and she pulled a bunch for me. Also if you don’t like a belt or brooch for example on a dress some are removable. My dress actually had an awful flower belt on it and I hated it so I almost didn’t try it on until my consultant suggested it. It was removable and it made the dress look absolutely gorgeous without it. Also I tried on a dreases that were out of my budget because one of them could have been the one and I didn’t want a few hundred dollars to be the reason I didn’t try it on. Make sure you don’t try on something way over budget because the worst thing would be you fall in love and can’t afford it. You Weill compare very dress to that one. Also I thought everyone gets that “feeling” when they found the one, but I didn’t. That’s mostly why I had dress regret until it came in. I then tried it on and just knew it was the one for me. I just didn’t realize it until that moment. I went to 1 bridal store and tried on about 10 dresses total and my dress was the 6th one i tried on. I had so much fun trying on dresses. Just relax and have fun. Good luck