(Closed) Anyone else dreading dress shopping?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
509 posts
Busy bee

I put it off until 6 months and 1 day before…which I think is as close as you should cut it. I was not enthused either but it ended up being fantastic. I had my Bridesmaid or Best Man, Maid/Matron of Honor, and mom there. The dress gave me that inexplicable feeling. It was a blast!

Post # 5
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@LincsMama:  I dreaded going because street size I am a 26 and every place I called checking to see if they had plus size dresses seemed to go up to a 22 and then they would say we might have a couple 24s and a 26. All I kept thinking was that I would need bigger and that I wouldn’t be able to get any of these dresses on because of my hips. And that I wouldn’t be able to come out and show a single dress to the ones I brought with me. 

But I went and when they asked what style I was looking for – I let them know and then told them to just bring out their biggest dresses regardless of style. I did luck out and was able to get into the 24s and 26s that were available (we did try some 22s but my hips stopped them, lol) so that put me at ease and the experience was actually a really good one. I think everyone for some reason or another dreads it. I think you will do just fine and do take the people you want – it is nice to have others there during this experience 🙂

Post # 7
783 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@LincsMama:  I’m planning to go alone 🙂 The store that sells the designer I like is a 20 hour drive away, and I can use the excuse of not wanting to make everyone travel (as I sure as hell wouldn’t be paying for everyones hotel rooms/all the gas/food/etc). I’d rather just travel with Fiance, he can visit with a friend of his that lives close by while I go to the little boutique.

My Maid/Matron of Honor is alsoalot smaller than me and she would definitely not be helpful. I mean really, she’s 120 pounds and she calls herself a whale in front of me, no thanks haha If anything I’d need someone there that understands backfat and cankles. Jeeze.

Post # 8
839 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@LincsMama:  I was dreading going dress shopping as well, but to my surprise I enjoyed it so much! I wanted to keep trying more on. Lol

I’m very self conscious about my body. So I was very nervous about undressing in front of my consultant. She was nice and made me feel comfortable. I also used to be plus size and I guess I still have that mind set that I still am. I was up to a size 20 (215lbs) until I lost 60 lbs and I’m now a size 10-12. I just thought I wouldn’t be able to fit into any sample dresses so I wouldn’t really know what they would truly look like on me.

I never thought I would be able to get into a fit and flare or a mermaid dress, but I did and they looked amazing on me. I just kept staring at myself and couldn’t believe that was me in the mirror. I looked skinny!

I tried on different styles and ended up choosing a drop waist ball gown which looked just as good on me and I love it! I always pictured myself in a ball gown.

Just relax and have fun! Good Luck!

Post # 9
83 posts
Worker bee

@LincsMama:  I was dreading it too because I was afraid that I wouldn’t find a dress in my price range that I liked. So I just didn’t even go and ordered one online without ever having tried any on. I kind of regret it now though lol.

Post # 10
71 posts
Worker bee

I hated the pressure.    My 2 cents:

Visit 1 was just for fun / goofy – do this, bring family.  Try on all different kinds of styles and take pictures.  Then don’t go out again until you know what details you want (shape, color, details, budget).  At home look at all your pictures and online / magazine etc., decide now what you want and what looks good on you (you may change you mind, but have a solid idea).  Print out the photos, dress names, details, etc.  

Visit 2: Call ahead to make sure they have more than 2 dresses in your budget. When you go, give the attendant (and all the people you bring) photos and be specific as to what you want.  Don’t bring too many people.  If all else fails, consider a dressmaker (may be more budget friendly).

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