Post # 1
I am getting married August of 2016 and am beginning the wedding dress process! I will be shopping in central Jersey (Marlboro area).
I wanted to get some ideas from you guys as to what I should be looking for in a bridal salon. My mom is from out of town and will only be here a few days so I want to make sure we hit the best shops when she’s in town and don’t waste time with less desirable places. Basically I want to know any red flags I should be watching out for, for example I’ve heard that some salons won’t let you take photos of the dresses, which I find absurd and would be a dealbreaker for me. Are there any others I should be aware of? What kinds of questions should I be asking the salon prior to making an appointment?
Lastly, any tips for when I actually do go dress shopping? I know the main ones (don’t bring an entourage, don’t limit what you try on, etc.), but any less obvious ones that you wish you had known?
Post # 2
Here are my suggestions which I’ve passed along to a number of friends and it’s working out quite well:
1. Look online at the bridal stores in your area and see what designers they carry. Check out the designer’s websites to see their collections and what you do/don’t like. Save the ones you like and take them to the store with you, it will help your consultant pull your dresses quicker.
2. Find stores that carry more than one designer that you like. Don’t go to 3 different stores that carry one designer you like/can afford when there’s one that carries all 3, it cuts down the amount of places you have to go.
3. Bring max 3 people. Much more than that and you will get overwhelmed. Too many opinions will start to make you change your own on dresses you try on.
4. If you have tried any dresses on yet, go to a David’s Bridal or Alfred Angelo and try on the different shilloutes so you know what you like going into the nicer boutiques/stores.
Post # 3
Hi! I am a bridal gown consultant and I love this question!
Stay away from:
1. stores where someone doesn’t greet you right away
2. they won’t let you try on dresses if you don’t have an appointment yet they aren’t busy
3. your consultant isn’t as excited about your wedding as you are
4. your consultant doesn’t listen to what you are looking for in a dress
5. your consultant doesn’t pull any dresses for you
6. you don’t feel comfortable and at home.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2016 - Estate
If at ALL possible, go on a week day! I went on a Thursday and Friday and had an amazing experience at all the salons I went to. You want to be the only client your consultant is helping!
Post # 5
Don’t try on anything that costs more than your budget. I did a lot of online searches and found designers I liked then found salons where they were sold. Make appointments and follow up to make sure they are set. I would not consider the not taking pictures a red flag. None of the shops I went to allowed it until you committed to purchasing. I believe it is an agreement with designers so just make sure you get designer and name. Give yourself ample time between appointments in case you run long.
Post # 6
I am in central NJ also! I went to several local shops as well as one in PA. My favorite was i do i do in Morristown, NJ. http://www.idoidonj.com/
They let my mom take photos AND they took their own photos and uploaded the images so I could see them right away. They have a huge front window so I could see the dress in natural light which was important as I was getting married outside. They only sell items for the bride so have a huge selection of accessories.
My worst experience was with a place in Marlton which was insulting of my size over the phone (street size 14) and they told me not to bother driving to their shop as they had nothing for me.
Go about a year ahead, take one or two other people, take bottled water, a camera, and shoes of the same heel height you plan to wear at your wedding.
What I did which really helped me, was to tell myself I would sit on the decision for at least a week.
Best of luck to you!!
Post # 7
I spent a Saturday just browsing some of our bridal shops in town, just to see what styles they carried, designers they carried, etc. It helped me know which salons I wanted to call and make appointments with later on. I also looked online and in magazines for styles I really liked – and made note of the designer so I could see if any local shops carried them, or woudl be able to get a dress in.
After that, I kept an open mind at each appointment and always acted like it was my first one. I don’t know, but maybe so they didn’t know (besides the first one), that I had been other places yet to compare this to that.
I loved the places that let me pick the gowns I wanted to try on versus the ones who just brought you ones. For the most part, I found the ones that brought me ones I “may” like were not what I liked, but that could have just been me. One of these places also did not allow pictures, and they took all the tags out of their dresses so you didn’t know who the designer actually was. Had the latter been available, I may have picked a dress that was picked out for me and I really liked – but, didn’t have a way to remember what I looked like in it when I compared it with the one I actually picked.
Keep in your budget! I wanted it around $1K, and some were up to $1200. One dress was $2K, but I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to spend so it wasn’t even a problem to say no. Some people may have a problem with that, though.
Have fun! I did go during the week to some places, and mainly shopped with my mom. A couple appointments had a few more people (MIL, SIL, sister and my dad), but that was it. No more, and it went smooth.