Post # 1
I went to a couple stores with family and friends, but I haven’t found a dress that I LOVE. Now I recently moved across the country for an amazing job opportunity. Now my problem is that I don’t have any friends or family members to go dress shopping with me. I’m kinda bummed about it and can’t imagine going by myself. Any bees who have gone dress shopping alone? Any advice would be appreciated 🙂
Post # 3
@HeartsandSparkles: I went twice with friends and my mom and then went the third time by myself. I loved it! It gave me time to figure out what I really wanted without looking at everyone elses face first before reacting. I found my dress that day, and then went back with my mom and one of my friends for her to see it and order it. Good luck!
Post # 4
I did! I enjoyed being alone. I hate shopping with other people and I thought it was important not to get swayed by others opinions. It worked very well for me! Plus the consultants were very helpful if I was stuck between a few different dresses. They will give you their opinion if you ask For it!
Post # 5
I bought my dress alone, it was kinda sad- but it was also a little empowering b/c I didn’t have anyone’s opinions clouding my brain and the dress I chose is exactly what *I* want. Just remember to STICK TO YOUR BUDGET!! haha
Post # 6
I did maybe half my trips alone and half with friends. I actually kind of liked it, it’s easy to focus on what you really like and is a bit more peaceful and less overhwelming than shopping with a group. Hope you can have fun doing it solo!
Post # 7
I went shopping alone, because I’m having a small wedding and wanted to see what a consignment shop had to offer. I found an unused, perfect dress that I love. I showed one close friend after I found it the next day or day after, and then bought it. I didn’t love going alone, but I didn’t want to make a big thing about it.
Post # 8
@HeartsandSparkles: I did one day of the dress shopping experience with my mom, aunt and a Bridesmaid or Best Man, went to a few boutiques and out to lunch, it was nice but after that I went alone. I loved shopping alone because I went on lunch breaks and the stores were empty. It was so nice having the place to myself, once I found a dress I loved I brought my mom and aunt to make the final decision. It also made it easier because my mom (who was actually the one buying my dress) had no sense of budget and tried to talk me into buying a $2600 dress when I knew my dad would flip out. It’s hard to be the voice of reason when you’re wearing a gorgeous dress…
Post # 9
I went alone the first time, with my Mom the second, and then alone for my final decision. I’m having a super small wedding (<20 people), and am currently living in a city where no-one going to the wedding lives, so didn’t really want to bring along people who wouldn’t be involved with the wedding. It was nice though, I didn’t feel any pressure, and could really think about what I wanted. All the consultants were super nice and took photos for me.
Post # 10
@HeartsandSparkles: that’s so funny! I was going to post a thread about any Bees that would prefer to go shopping alone for their wedding dress. Honestly, I would prefer to go alone. My mother has hoorible taste, and I’d just bore everyone with trying on dresses for hours. I just need someone there to take pictures of dresses I like 🙂
I honestly don’t get why people need other people there when they buy a dress. I always go shopping alone. Sure I guess it’s nostalgic, but you can still get that same reaction of when you put on your wedding dress on your day, and your mom sees you in your dress for the first time. You’ll get that reaction regardless of when.
Post # 11
I went alone. It was a little sad at first (like when they ask you how many chairs to have ready, and you’re like, “It’s just me!”), but overall it was great to be able to try stuff on at your own pace. Also, it lets you get out of buying right now because you have the excuse of needing to show your mom first. 🙂
Post # 12
I did my shopping alone. Although, my experience was a little different than most. i had done so much browsing online and knew exactly what I wanted, i just had to find a shop that would order it so I could try it on. So 1 shop, 1 dress, done.
In general, I think shopping alone can be easier and less stressful
Post # 13
I did everything alone, and while initially sad, I was SO happy I did it alone. I am not as easily swayed into buying something when I’m by myself and my own opinion stands on its own, so while sales associates have a harder client on their hands, I am a happier bride! I ended up finding my dream dress on preownedweddingdresses.com but I tried it on in person
Post # 14
@HeartsandSparkles: The first time I went- it was with my sister.
Then once I went with my son (he’s 5)- and he tells me I’m beautiful in a garbage bag, so in theory, it was the equilavent of going “alone”. Then once I actually went totally alone- and the third time, I was slated to go alone, but my cousin ended up joining me last minute.
I actually found it really nice to go alone. Yes, it’s great to have the opinion of your friends- but I do believe one of the most important things is that you are comfortable in whatever dress you are wearing. My cousin was the most helpful- but when I went with my sister- whom is already married- she was swaying me towards a dress that- YES! I thought it was cool- but it would have been perfect on her body type- and I feel like even though she liked the way I looked in it, she liked it because it’s her taste. So when I went alone- I actually took the time to hang out for awhile in each dress I didn’t immediately dislike. I really got a feel for it by doing that!
Post # 15
Thanks ladies!! I was so sad and felt kinda pathetic that I won’t have anyone to go with me, but a lot of you bring up good points about the benefits of going alone. I’m trying to get over feeling sad about it and feeling excited instead, so this is helpful!
@chic_and_fabulous: I’m glad I’m not the only one! I just am worried I won’t have the SYTTD moment where you know its THE dress and you hug your family and friends- though some people never have that feeling anyway. And I like your point that you still get everyone’s reactions later when you put it on for the first time.
@lollygagon: I think we are similar- it’s going to be a lot harder for me to say, this is the dress without a chorus of support behind me! I apologize in advance to the sales associate.
@MrsEME: I like the idea of hanging out in the dresses a bit. My sister would love for me to wear a mermaid dress, but so far I have found that they are kinda hard to walk in! It will be good to find something that looks good and isn’t too uncomfortable.
Post # 16
I went a few times, but also went with my mom and others. Either experience was fine. When you’re alone, you’re more focused on what you like and want without other opinions distracting you. But obviously it’s nice to have company too. Good luck!