Post # 1
Hi folks, I’m wondering if you have any tips for starting to go dress shopping. First of all, I’m intimidated by the process. I had a really hard time with my rings so I’m worried this will be the same (I can be very indecisive and I don’t know that I’ll KNOW something is the dress for me).
Also, do most shops require appointments or can you walk in?
Our wedding is going to be a very small affair. Basically we’re just going our honeymoon with a little ceremony–just the two of us–with photos and a ceremony. I feel silly because I don’t know if anyone ever has a wedding like this.
I still want an amazing dress, but I have no idea how to get started. I did look at some magazines just to get ideas and I think I like the idea of a fishtail (fit and flair) style.
Post # 3
I was the same exact way. I put it off actually for awhile. I was all over the place once what I originally wanted I realized wasn’t the right shape for me. I was totally overwhelmed. My sister asked for the salesperson to put me in dresses that represented each shape and just to bring very plain one’s so that we could determine what shape we were after. I was so thankful she was with me. Starting the process this way made it so much less intimidating because I wasn’t actually trying on “my dress” (I knew I wanted bling) but just kind of a shell of what I wanted. I found a dress on my second trip.
Post # 4
@mwitter80: I completely agree.
It makes it easier and takes the pressure off if the goal of your first shopping trip is to choose a silhouette and a neckline that flatters you. Tell the consultant that you like fit-and-flare, and you can start there. Maybe you’ll love the first dress you try on!
Most bridal shops (that I went to) require an appointment, but even if they don’t I would still make one.
Post # 5
I’m just as indecisive. I visited 9 salons and only one didn’t do appointments (RK Bridal). It’s hard work trying on dresses. I brought my mom and my two sisters. I did it for the experience so I didn’t put any pressure on myself to find “the one”. I don’t believe in “the one” anyway. The one could change with your budget and what styles are in. Enjoy the experience and don’t let anybody pressure you into a dress.
Post # 6
Hi, I had exactly the same problem. I just couldn’t decide what I wanted and didn’t know where to start. I went into a shop and just asked them to give me a mixture of dresses in different styles etc. I’ve put a thread up with pics if you wanna have a look. Now I kind of know what shape/ style I want i’ve been able to look on internet at more of the same.