I don’t like shopping, but I did enjoy my experience shopping for wedding dresses.
I made appointments at 5 different shops over about 2 weeks. I decided I would go to all of the shops alone for the first visit, and then pick one or two shops with my top pick dresses and bring my mom and Maid/Matron of Honor along to actually buy my dress.
I liked going to my appointments alone, actually. It took the pressure off for me. First, I could tell my consultant from the beginning that I’d need to bring my mom and Maid/Matron of Honor back for a second appointment before I bought my dress, so they didn’t try doing the hard sell on me. I never felt weird for going alone. Also, I didn’t have different opinions on the dresses besides my own. So I could feel truly confident in my choice without worrying I was influence by other opinions.
I went to David’s Bridal first, but I feel like I could have skipped it. There were some nice dresses, but nothing I really loved. And honestly, the prices were on par with the local boutiques I went to. I also wish I had done a bit more research on all of the shops first, because one that I went to had, like, 10 dresses total in the entire store lol. That was a waste of time.
One shop was a discount shop where they just sold samples, they actually had a few options for me, but I felt kind of constricted as far as options because you can’t try on any dress you want and then order it in whatever size you are. I do think discount bridal shops are nice if you’re on a strict budget, I did find a couple of nice dresses (but they just weren’t the one).
The other two shops I went to were large local boutiques. I had a great experience at both of them. The first one, there were a few dresses I loved, and one I left pretty sure it was going to be the one I was going to buy. But I wanted to go to the last boutique, just to make sure. And I’m glad I did, because I found a dress that I LOVED and I knew immediately it was the one. I found a couple others I loved as well, but nothing compared after I tried that dress on.
When I went back for my second appointment with my mom and Maid/Matron of Honor to try on my dress and buy it, it was a great experience as well. My consultant let me stay in the dress for a while, didn’t pressure me or anything. Once I was done showing it off lol, she took my measurements and consulted with me about which size to order. She showed me my measurements and the sizing chart for my dress, which made me feel better that I was ordering the correct size, so I liked that.
All in all, I’m glad I went shopping alone for the first appointments. And if I could go back, I’d probably skip David’s Bridal and the one shop with only 10 dresses. In my experience, at least, most local boutiques have the same size selection (or better) than David’s Bridal, so I don’t think it’s necessary to go there first unless you don’t have large local boutiques in your area.
Oh, also trying on dresses wasn’t as bad as when I go shopping and try on clothes. I did a lot of research beforehand to figure out which types of dresses I liked, and mostly stuck to those. My first appointment at David’s Bridal, the consultant convinced me to try on other styles of dresses to be sure, which was fine because it confirmed that, yep, I was right that A Line dresses were what I needed to stick to. And also in general, I feel like wedding dresses are much more flattering than the flimsy dresses you try on in stores usually, so that also helps.