(Closed) Anyone NOT try on their dress before purchasing?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

MadameX:  I didn’t try on my dress dress before pulling the trigger. I fell in love with the Hayley Paige Guindon dress, but as a plus size bride, there were no samples in my size or close. I did some changes – raised the back and added buttons. Sounds minor compared to your changes. I tried on some similar styles, but nothing with as textured on the bottom. I was extremely anxious about it, but in the end, it was totally worth it. Good luck with your endeavor. 

Post # 3
2879 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

MadameX: I did, but had a 30 day no questions asked return policy to protect me. Worth it. 

Post # 4
901 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard

I ordered a custom Casablanca as well without trying it on. I just knew what I liked and didn’t like, like you. I’m so excited. I actually just got the call 10 mins ago that it is finally IN! (Ordered in January). I can’t wait to see it and try it on. Eeeeeeek!! 

Post # 5
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

MadameX:  I also ordered a custom made gown. I tried on a few that had bits & pieces I liked in the store, but nothing that really fit my style or body so I decided to just take each piece I liked & make it into one dress. I will admit I second guessed that sooo many times! Even when my dress finally did come in and I tried it on I still wondered if I made the right decision- mostly because it was loose fitting as I would have had to pay extra for custom measurements so went with a street size. However, after the fittings & alterations I was seriously in love with those scraps of fabric and can’t imagine doing it any other way! 

Good luuck!!!! 

Post # 6
261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014


MadameX:  I ordered my dress from http://www.weddingdressfantasy.com before trying any dress on. I emailed and showed Tova, the seamstress/designer from the site what I would like and i gave her my measurements.

Post # 7
2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Although I didnt customize it, I also ordered a Casablanca (1900)before trying it on. I just knew that it was what I wanted.

It was perfect and I am glad I made the choice. Casablanca is wonderfuk and thier work is amazing. Please make sure you share your gown with us when you are done.


Post # 8
1262 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

MadameX:  Yup, BUT I have a VERY good idea of what looks good on my body. I do very well with vnecks, as I have a small, round chest. I know empire looks best on me because I am a pear. I wanted spaghetti straps, because strapless gives me that weird fat fold, because of my round chest.  So all of these elements I was able to find in my dream dress. I got it off ebay for 500$, new with tags. I love this dress. 

Post # 9
97 posts
Worker bee

I will probably be ordering a dress from JBS and will have it customized to include various elements I like from other dresses. So I wont be able to try the dress on either. I just have to hope that the dress comes out like I envision it in my head. 

Post # 11
119 posts
Blushing bee

MadameX:  would always have to try on

Post # 12
1607 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I didn’t try on or see my dress before it arrived at my house a month before my wedding. it was completely customer and was a design we made by combining a few of the designers other dresses. She also did not offer full refunds as it was made to order. 


Luckily when it came in I loved it!  It didn’t really stress me out as I hate hate hate shopping. I never tried on a single dress and I am more than happy about it . 

Post # 13
1195 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

MadameX:  I had been married previously and for that dress I did not try it on. I ordered it through a tailor in the UK and she just asked for my measurements. I was totally worried but it came in and fit like a glove! She does beautiful work – rivendellbridal.com is the site I believe, if you’re into that fantasy type of style. I would definitely recommend her.

Post # 14
250 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I bought my dress without trying it. It was preloved and very cheap so there wasn’t a massive risk and I could have got something else if I didn’t like it. i was lucky in that the previous ownder sent me loads of pictures of it and pictures of when she wore it so I was pretty confident that I would love it and I did! I wouldn’t have bought something really expensiv without trying on though, unless there was a cast iron returns policy or I was 100% sure I could sell it on.

Post # 15
1313 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: A very pretty church.

Yep. Bought it from the Oxfam (online) bridal shop. They had the measurements and were so helpful. I could have (with some difficulty) returned it though.

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