(Closed) ADVICE: Dress shopping for the first time

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
31 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

You won’t need your shoes until you start your fittings, but try on some dresses that you wouldn’t normally pick.  I tried on one suggestion by the bridal attendant that I didn’t think I would like, and it came a close 2nd to the one I purchased because it looked totally different on me than I had imagined. 

Also, I would suggest sleeping on it so you don’t get caught up in the moment and later get dress regret.  Take lots of pics to go over each dress(do a front, side, and back shot for each dress) so you can go over the options when you are not on cloud 9 from all the shopping!! 


Have fun!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
14 posts

These things come to mind: 

1. do not try on any dress that is over your budget.

2. take into consideration the cost of alterations when choosing a dress. It can really add up!

3. sleep on it! Don’t get caught up in the moment and rush into a decision.

4. be open to trying on different styles from what you had imagined yourself wearing.

5. My daughter did bring heels to see how she could walk in a dress.  

Have fun and enjoy the experience!  Congratulations!


Post # 5
34 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

–  Dont be affraid to step out of your comfort zone. Try on anything you are interested in, even if you do not think it will look good on you its suprising how they do. I still do not know who pulled mine when we went for all I know it was left in the room, I didnt think it would be the one at all but when I had it on I knew.


Post # 6
1374 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

I’m going to my first dress shop on Saturday too! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am going to bring a tote bag that has in it: a strapless bra, my shapewear that are like shorts that go from mid-thigh to top of tummy, and a pair of shoes that are the approximate height of what I want to wear on the big day (just to get a big-picture idea of proportions).

Other advice, I guess, I agree with not trying anything on over budget. Also, don’t bring too many people with you because I bet things can get confusing. I’m only taking my mom and stepmom (FMIL was invited, but she will be away on vacation.)

I am also going to wear my hair in a quick half-up half-down style (just the top part pulled back into a ponytail) so that I know what my shoulders-area will look like in each dress. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have also heard advice not to buy your veil, shoes, jewelry, lingerie etc from the shop because they charge twice what you could get the same for elsewhere!

For never being to a shop I sure have a lot of advice! LOL!

Post # 7
7550 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

wear a strapless bra, make sure your underwear is PALE, don’t try anything on that’s over your budget, and try at least one of every silhouette so you know what will look good on you ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
1222 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My advice is to have a few dress styles printed out or pictures saved on your phone to show your consultant.  I went dress shopping a week ago and my consultant was clueless – if I hadnt had a list of dresses that I wanted to try on then I definitely wouldnt have found one. 

Hopefully your consultant is better than mine – but just to be safe, have a few picked out that you would like to try!

Post # 9
2001 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Wear a nude strapless bra and nude full-bottom undies you don’t mind being seen in by the bridal consultant, who will be helping you get in and out of the dresses.

Try on a variety of silhouettes even if you don’t think they’ll work for you.  You may surprise yourself.

Bring bottled water – you will get so hot trying on all those heavy dresses.

Bring a pair of heels close to the hight you think you’ll want to wear.

Be honest about your budget and insist that they respect it and not bring you dresses that are “just a little bit more, but it’s sooo special”.

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