Post # 1
Just curious how you ladies handled multiple dress shopping trips. My first time out I took my mom, my aunt, and one of my bridesmaids, we went to a couple shops and had lunch, kind of made a day of it. But now I’m making appointments at more shops and I feel like I don’t want to monopolize people’s time running around looking at more dresses. I definitely want my mom to see the dress before I buy it, but I’m thinking of shopping on my own and just taking her out to see a dress if I’m planning to buy it. Have any of you gone dress shopping on your own, and if so, how was it?
Post # 3
I went by myself to every appointment and loved it. I picked what I wanted and wasn’t swayed by anyones decisions.
Post # 4
I went to a few shops by myself so I could get a firm idea of what I liked, then I sent pictures to my bridesmaids for their opinion. I made a second trip to see my favorite dresses with my mom and we made the purchase then.
Post # 5
I’m stationed in a completely different state than my family, so I decided to go alone. I went on a weekday and was practically the only one in the store. My consultant was very attentive and I feel like it really allowed me to choose a dress that fit my vision. No stress or pressure.
My whole experience was really nice. If you’re worried about dragging your family all around I’d say you have the right idea. Find a dress, ask the mom, buy the gown, and invite everyone to the fitting. 🙂
Post # 6
@jennmariee: I went by myself once and liked it. I also didn’t mind going with others. I usually shop alone because I am extremely picky.
Post # 7
I didn’t but I don’t see anything wrong with it. I only took one person with me on each trip because I didn’t want to drown out my opinion. I went to four stores – I took one BM to the first two, my mom to the third and another BM to the fourth one.
Post # 8
@jennmariee: I went with my mom but my mom and I are super duper close and go shopping with each other all the time so she gets me and my style. We have our own language when we try things on so it was easy.
Post # 10
The first time, I went with my mom and grandma. the second thine, I went with a few girlfriends. I didn’t find anything, and I was just so over the whole process that I said “screw it” and made an appointment for just me, myself, and I. I ended up with a FANTASTIC consultant. We blazed through about a dozen dresses and then I found THE dress. I set a few photos to my parents and my MOH, and then put the deposit down. I won’t say I regret shopping with other people, but I didn’t feel that I needed my parents there to help me choose. They saw me in a dress and will see me in mine once it comes in. I found it so much easier to shop on my own, and would suggest anyone give it a try. Plus, now people HAVE to say they love it, lol.
Post # 11
I went with my mom and sister and had an awful experience – jealousy, opinions, trying to force me into dresses I hated…, I went with best friends and they werent being honest.. they “loved” everything (scared to hurt my feelings and get involved).
I went by myself and had a great time with the bridal consultants. I ended up going to the final spot with my dad (yes I’m a big daddy’s girl) and we had a blast!!!! I got my dream dress and it was an amazing experience. I say do whatever wedding gown shopping you want, with whomever you want, even if it’s just you!
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
I’m way too indecisive to have any luck with that, but I applaud those who made it work!
Post # 13
@jennmariee: I invited a lot of the ladies from my fiancé’s family. I knew a lot of them couldn’t go. I also didn’t want to waste people’s time because I didn’t expect to find something the first place I went to. My mom, my cousin’s wife, and one of my fiancé’s sisters came and I found my dress that day. It was a lot simpler than I thought it would be especially because I’m usually very indecisive. But I do not see a problem going dress shopping alone.
Post # 14
I went alone one day randomly on my way home from work and found the one. So easy and the shop was dead since it was such an odd time.
Post # 15
I didn’t, but one of my best friends did. She’s a super busy lawyer, so doesn’t have a lot of time…she ended up buying her dress which was a sample that had just arrived, never been worn. Plus, she didn’t have any family in town, so she figured she’d just get the job done herself!
Post # 16
I went by myself to get some options and figure out some basics. Then I had my MOH come up and give her honest oppion about several dresses. I prioritized my dresses and went the last time with my grandmother (who was paying for the dress), stepmother and aunt. I hosted a nice little mimosa, pastry and quiche brunch and he we went to the salon and tried on my top 4 dresses from my least favorite to m most favorite. And we bought my favorite that day! For me, I wanted to know how I felt about the dresses before bringing in my grandmother (who can be a bit, um, stubborn). I truly would have been okay wearing any of the dresses I tried on that day, but I’m thrilled I got my favorite!