(Closed) Board reading has me running scared!!

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I was scared poopless as well. I dedicated myself to finding a sample that I loved in my size and luckily it fell into my hands. I am a touch it, feel it, see it person and really don’t think I could have bought it another way.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

You can take your dress elsewhere for alterations- if it’s a sample, they probably won’t include it, anyway (mine didn’t).

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I would say, get the dress you love where you can, and find a backup tailor/seamstress. If you’re really worried about the alterations coming out wrong, take another dress you want altered to the backup seamstress and see how that goes– then if you’re happy with them you’ll know where to go if you need last-minute alterations to your wedding gown. Most seamstresses (me included) appreciate having a couple weeks at the very least for fine clothing alterations, especially if there will be a few fittings involved– so keep that in mind.

Good luck! 🙂

Post # 7
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2759 posts
Sugar bee

I’m currently between a size 20/22 and I just had an AMAZING experience trying on dresses at a really nice salon (Spybaby in Syracuse, NY). I was super afraid about them not having pretty gowns in my size, but I was so wrong – sure, some of the gowns I wanted to try weren’t the right size and a few were fairly snug, but there were more than enough in brands like Allure and Maggie Sottero to make me a happy clam (:

If you’re worried about sizing, go for a corset back! They offer more forgiveness since the tightness of the straps can be adjusted.

Also, check the Yelp! reviews of your salon for details on the seamstresses they’ve got. Those are usually fairly accurate since Yelp! monitors for people simply badmouthing to badmouth (as well as fake accounts making them look TOO good).

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I was really nervous, too, being both an “encore” bride and having a low budget.  (Low budget is on purpose so we can have a complete blast on our honeymoon, lol).  First of all, have it in your mind that wedding dress shopping is an ordeal and there is no way around that.  The sizing is a nightmare (at least it was for me).  I’m a street size 2/4 and ended up purchasing a size 10.  Ugh!  I also am a touch and feel kind of person, as a PP said, and I also purchased a sample and will have the alterations (cutting off train and hemming) done by my own tailor. 

Just hang in there and have faith.  I was shaking like a leaf for the first two or three dresses, but luckily for me my salesgirl was very sweet and patient.  She ended up finding the perfect dress for me after I’d almost given up.  And it was in my price range, so I was ecstatic.  It will happen for you, too!

ETA:  I just noticed that your wedding day is my birthday.  Smile

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

oh man, I read all those boards and thought “what fools”  “really, who would buy two dresses”  “of course you don’t buy it until you are sure”.

hahahahahhah

Guess who bought two dresses, had big dress regret.   but…this too shall pass.

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve also heard that outside “non-bridal” tailors are cheaper, sometimes half as much. If you have a tailor/seamstress or know someone who’s had things altered somewhere good you could take it there and not have to deal with their vacation schedule. I’m also for the corset back, it’ll be forgiving of tiny changes because you just adjust it with the lacing.

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