trying on dresses for the first time tomorrow..any suggestions?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2018

Wear nude underwear, either a strapless bra or a bra with removable straps, take shoes that are about the height you would wear for the big day. Try on different silhouettes so you know which silhouette you like best and which flatters you the most.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Same suggestions as the PP. Also, try on silhouettes & styles that you wouldn’t think you would be interested in! I went in thinking I knew what I wanted and kept trying on the same types of dresses. I wasn’t getting that wow factor and couldn’t figure out why. Then at my last appointment, I decided to try on different types of dresses and I fell in love. Good luck! 🙂

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Try on different silhouettes and materials.  If by the end of the appointment you know what silhouette you like and have a few materials you like and just get used to the feeling of being in a white dress I say it is a successful first appointment.  And most importantly- have fun!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

Hi date twin!  Agree with the PP’s that you should try on as many different styles and sillouhettes as possible.  I was really surprised by which sillouhettes I liked best; often they were ones I did not give a moment’s notice to when researching online.  Just have fun and keep an open mind.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Bunni0929:  As the PPs said, definitely try different styles, especially the ones you never considered being interested in. It’s amazing how different a dress can look on your own body as opposed to on a hanger or a model. Some girls recommend wearing full butted underwear because the consultant will be in the dressing room with you sometimes, but I’m not modest and I hate underwear lines, even when trying on (how can I see how my butt will look if all I see is material?) so I wore a nude thong. Definitely a strapless bra. They will offer you longline bras and shoes and veils and every other accessory, so those are nice to get the look, but don’t feel like you need to buy all that the same day.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

In addition to other people’s posts, don’t eat a big meal or drink carbonated beverages, they tend to bloat people. And make sure to be clean and shaven (but don’t wear strong perfume)-the person helping you into the dress gets up close and personal at times.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@KH:  +1 – The bloating thing. No one feels comfortable or feels like they look good if they have bloated bellies. I’m a petite, thin person, but I can get super bloated, really easily, so I was hyper aware of what I ate/drank before my appointment.

 

@Bunni0929:  Also, I forgot to mention – some girls like to get somewhat done up for this, so they have an idea of their “look” but I recommend against that. Having makeup on could get on the dresses. Just go with a clean face and bring a hair tie so you can throw your hair up to see different hair options with the different necklines.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Bunni0929:  Don’t owrry about shoes because everything is going to waaay to long on you anyway because they give you unaltered gowns to try on.  They will have a box for you to stand on so you can get an ide aof how the dress will look.  Wearing heels will only get annoying anyway because of all of the extra fabric around your feet.  (I am 5’2″ so I get being short but when trying on dresses you will feel like you are the shortest person in the world because of the length of all of the dresses; remember they are unaltered dresses.)

I recommend wearing boyshort panties because someone will need to help you in and out of dresses so it will keep you from flashing them every time.  Unless you plan on wearing a particularly sheer dress, there is so much dress there is no way you will see pantylines through the lining and overlay of the dresses.

You will probably try on 5-8 dresses, maybe a few more if you have time.  I say pick 4-5 you want to try on and then let the consultant give you a few recommendations after you have tried a few on.  The consultants watch brides of all shapes and sizes try on all of the dresses in the store so once they get an idea of your shape/size and how dresses fit you, they will know which styles look best as well as the styles that a large majority of brides like.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I’m in the same boat as OP! I’m small busted and typically don’t wear bras with my dresses (pasties, hooray!)…should I buy a strapless just for trying on?

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Bunni0929:  I brought my own strapless bra, but I used there crinoline. I would suggest trying on different silhouettes because you never know what will and won’t look good on you. Make sure you tell your bridal consultant what your budget is. Don’t try on anything that is way over budget because you don’t want to fall in love with something you can’t get. I also brought my mom, dad, brother, grandma, and FMIL with me. That was just enough people for me. We all pretty had the same opinions on every dress I tried on. Also don’t wait for the moment everyone says you should have. I didn’t gave one and I had dress regret right after leaving the bridal store. My family was dead set on that one being my dress. It wasn’t until it came in 3 months later and I tried it on that I knew it was the dress for me. I would also suggest bring in pictures of dresses to show you bridal consultant you want to try on. It was an awesome experience for me and I loved every minute of it. Just relax and have fun. Good Luck!!!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

@Bunni0929:  I got my dress in mid-August but I did not think I would find it so soon.  You’re really not behind on dress shopping.  1 year is plenty of time to get a dress ordered, shipped, and altered 🙂

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