(Closed) Can you just look at wedding dresses?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Manhattan Church Rec Center

@Roxykitten:  I have done that too! I am still a waiting bee and am a Pettite Bee as well (5’2.5″ & 125lbs), but I had been doing some looking at styles and what I would want to wear to OUR wedding. When looking at dresses I tried to keep my SO in mind. I tried to think about what he would want to see me in & what I want him to see me in as I walk up the isle to him on that day. So try to think on that when looking at designs.

There came a day when looking at pictures were not enough and my mom and I went to the Demetrios Salon inside Macy’s @ Harold’s Square during our lunch hour. Just to see the designs and what modern wedding dresses looked like in person. My mother’s dress is/was very simple and i hadn’t walked into a bridal salon since I was about 13.

I resolved that as long as long as no dresses touched my form that it was ok to look. It is really important to me to see how the fabric moves, how heavy it is, how the detailing sits ont he fabric. These were all important things for me. I needed to know this stuff for my own mental health. It also satisfied some waiting bee part of me that wanted some kind of min-bridal experience preview…without breaking any taboos about my waiting bee status.

Over all it was a highly educational experience. We saw some of the dresses in the bags, looked at the collection brochure and got a preview of the 2013 designs, which will be about when I will be buying. I also got to cement how I feel about the types of detailing I like and don’t like.

So go in, look at the books. Try not to bother the attendants if you aren’t interested in trying anything on. LOOK AT PRICES! And check out the knot.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Many bridal salons aren’t really set up to accommodate browsing–dresses are often in a stock room or in bags. Also, you will be harassed the moment you walk in and the associates will be confused when you say you are just looking. Most gown shopping happens by appointment and involves trying on dresses. It can be done, but it’s awkward.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

I’m not sure that looking at dresses on the hangers would even help that much. There were a couple dresses that I tried on that I thought I would love when they were on the hanger, but they didn’t do anything on me and vice versa. If you want to just look, the internet or bridal magazines are probably better bets.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

If you aren’t sure what you are looking for than you absolutely can just look without buying.  Looking and trying on dresses is the only way to figure out what you like and don’t like on yourself and get a better idea of your dream dress.  Have someone bring paper and pens to write styles that you love and don’t love and possibly even dresses you like so you can come back to try them on again later when you are ready to buy.  Nothing is more frustrating than liking a dress but forgetting the designer and dress name and feeling like an idiot as you try to describe the dress to a consultant.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

If you just want to look, do it online!  As @mrsSonthebeach:  most salons aren’t set up for just looking, dresses usually don’t look like much just hanging.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I went in to “just look” and I think it is really helpful! I wanted to look at the fabrics, see what the beading looked like, etc…because dresses DO NOT look the same in person as they do in pictures. I was really surprised by the differences. However, while I say it was helpful in that I got a clearer picture of what the dresses themselves looked like, in no way can you tell what a dress will look like ON your body without trying it on. Some look like big white sacks hanging up and then magically transform into super-princess-wonder-gown once it is on.

What you can do is go in and be honest. Say something like, I’m not shopping to buy today, but I want to get an idea of what the gowns actually look like. I want to see the difference between satin, chiffon, taffetta; to feel the weight of the gowns, etc…

A good consultant will understand…but she will most likely try to get you to make an appointment for a later date. And you know what? Make one. So you really can see what the different dresses and silhouettes look like on YOU.

It’s kind of like getting ready to buy a car…you kick the tires, sit in the driver’s seat, and then if you like it you take it for a test drive.

I wish you the best of luck. Have fun looking, and really enjoy the experience πŸ™‚

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you are going to do that I would call them ahead of time and see if it is ok, rather than just showing up when they are busy or something.

Honestly though, I would do it online…most often you will see something you love to look at it but it won’t look good on you once you try it on.  Or you would have never considered it until they bring it in but it looks great on you.  I’m not sure looking at them on a hanger will do much for you, you will probably get a better idea looking at the online pictures or other peoples photos. 

And you really won’t know until you try them on.

Trying them on is going to help you the most…I think a lot of people end up with type or style of dress they weren’t necessarily considering at first and this comes just from trying them on and seeing what type fits your body best.  I think it will be easier on you to look online since not every store will carry every brand of dress.  If you look online you can probably narrow down certain designers you like more than others and this might help you pick a salon to go to in the first place.  Just a thought

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Just start looking at blogs and stuff .. Tho once you try stuff on your opinion might change πŸ™‚ also I’m 5’2 about 110 and for me I think a line looks best I got swallowed up in princEss and mermaid I just think is ugly .

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

There is no harm in this. When you go into the salons just let them know you are trying to get an idea of what you like. There are so many different dresses out there, you have to try on a few in each style to really rule out a style. Plus you may think you want lots of detail and then prefer a simpler dress on you.

When I bought my dress, I actually had no intention of buying a dress, just went to get ideas for what I wanted, and I happened to fall in love with a dress. I had already gone to a few salons and tried on a bunch of dresses by different designers, trying to get a feel for what style and designer I preferred. All the sales consultants I talked to were very friendly and understanding that I may very well not be purchasing a dress right then and there. 

If they are a good sales person, they will still offer you help, because ultimately, they want you to remember your experience and want to spend your money there.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

You could probably call ahead and ask… Otherwise you will face being kicked out without having an appointment. Then again, they could tell you no. Are you against trying them on yet? Because you could definitely set up appointments and just have fun trying things on. The more experience you have with dresses the better educated you will be to make the final decision. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would look online and in magazines, and then go to salons when you’re ready to try on. The salespeople will really lay it on thick, and it’ll feel awkward if you’re not at all interested in buying anything.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Roxykitten:  I wanted princess too but it made me look fat and short lol but u never know just gotta try it on and see!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Manhattan Church Rec Center

@Roxykitten:  your welcome. and you should ONLY bring possitive people with you. And never anyone who would make you feel other then 100% georgous in the dress. Dresses are tough enough, you don’t need your enterauge being mean either.

Also, DB could be the perfect place to go to first if you want to just try on styles. You can upgrade to fancier botiques when you can. It would be nice to see how the fabrics and styles match up for yourself.

I am unsure when I will go to DB during my dress journey…it will either be my first stop or my last stop.

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