(Closed) Buying a dress out of state

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@echolove:  Maybe you should specify just how far you would be travelling.  For me I bought it out of state.  But that consisited of a 30 min drive to the train station, followed by a 75 minute train ride.  Not too far.

It would take a lot for me to get on a plane to buy a wedding dress and I fly for free. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I live in VA, but went dress shopping with my mom in in Charlotte, NC, about an hour from where she lives (and she lives about a 4 hour drive from me). I tried on samples there and ordered, and the salon sent the dress to me when it arrived. There was a problem with the order (they’d ordered the wrong size bodice and it was too small) so they emailed me a shipping label so I could send it directly to the designer to have it remade, and the designer shipped the remade dress directly back. The remake was done on a rush order, but none of it was any additional cost to me. Overall, a good experience. If I lived near a place with a good choice of bridal salons, of course I’d have shopped nearby, but I was going to have to travel for it anyway, and my mom really wanted to go with me, so why not a cool place like Charlotte?

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I guess I can help out a bit… I live in Alaska (not alot of choices for wedding gowns in town) so I decided to fly to Florida in May since my mom and my bridesmaids are there AND I am also having my weddding there.

I had the choice of having my gown shipped to Alaska once it had arrived OR they would keep it at the salon and I would have my fittings during the days before my wedding. Option 2 made me feel I was cutting it too close for comfort so I had them ship my dress to AK.

I have it here so I can actually take my time with the fittings and not worry about small details. I know I’ll have to probably ship it down to FL again and have it pressed when I get there but I am not too worried. I think its worth the “work”.

Hope this helps!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

@echolove:  What did you find in OKLAHOMA that you liked?! I live here, and I ended up getting one mail order from Florida!

Post # 10
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6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

@echolove:  Oh, wow. I am very, very surprised you were able to find that around here. When I went shopping, all I was able to find was cheap-looking crap (whether it was actually cheap or not!) and most of the samples were in white rather than ivory.

And pickups. Lots and lots of pickups.

If you’re going to be in the OKC area, you should check out Big Truck Tacos, Cool Greens, The Wedge Pizzaria and Irma’s Burger Shack. In Tulsa, the good restaurants are Asahi Sushi (cheap sushi! And it’s good!), Lana Thai, Chimis Mexican…and of course Cosmo Cafe (which not only has good drinks and really tasty food, but is also where I met FI!)

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I bought my dress in MA (where my parents live) when I was visiting, and I live in DC.  I tried it on when I was home in August so the seamstress could start the hem, and I’ll do a real fitting in December around the holidays, in January when I’m up for my shower, and at that point decide if I need to go back in February or if it’s pretty snug.  I will then be shipping it (insured through the nose with tracking) and doing a final fitting here, since the wedding is here.

It’s a bit of a headache.  If you can avoid it, you should.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

Although I just bought mine from David’s Bridal, I bought my dress in Connecticut and live in Missouri. I tried on the samples and they shipped me my dress to Missouri. I just went to the local store here for fittings. 

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