(Closed) Did anyone buy a dress without trying it on?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

YES! I bought 2. As long as you have tried on a similar style before you will be fine 🙂

Post # 4
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I didn’t and I wouldn’t. I have to be able to try something on before I buy it. I wouldn’t want to chance it not fitting or not looking right.

Post # 5
1 posts

@YSQueen: I haven’t and would never buy my WEDDING dress without trying it on! It is such an important decision, you might as well see it on you before buying it!!! Try to try on at least, dresses that are practically very similar!

Post # 6
419 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I did, I bought it off Ebay from China. I had my mom measure me and I sent the measurements. I already knew that a halter style A-line dress looks good on me. The dress is PERFECT.

Post # 7
446 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Haha, YSQueen, we are in the same boat!

My dream dress is a 5 hour plane ride from me 🙁 and I love her so much! I think I am about to pull the trigger. 

Why? I’ve seen the dress on other brides (thanks to WB); I’ve tried on very similar styles by the same designer; and finally, there’s always alterations!

I think the best you can do is try on similar styles by the same designer and you’ll be fine.  I’m still nervous about this, too, but I’m sure she’s the one!!!!

You might also call stores to see if they can fly in a sample gown, you just pay the shipping charges!  One bee suggested this to me, but apparently the designer does not have any sample gowns available in the style I like.  It’s too old 🙁


Post # 8
112 posts
Blushing bee

I haven’t myself, but my best friend did. She ordered from a chinese wedding dress site which had a very good return policy. We did a very thorough Davids Bridal session, with lots of pics before hand. She ended up ordering a style she thought looked flattering on her. And with the good return policy, she felt like she made a very safe decision. She ended up buying her gown for $250 and it is amazing. She has NO regrets! As like other posters, if you know what styles look good on you, and you order from a reputable place WITH a good return policy, it can be a cost effective way to find a great gown!

Post # 9
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

No, but I sold a dress to another bride online who never tried it on. It was an older model Vera Wang so she couldn’t try it on in a store either. The sizing was complex too because I’d had it altered from a 10 to a 2-4. I guess it fit her just fine because she said loves it!

Post # 10
35 posts
  • Wedding: August 2010

I did. I ordered it online because I planned a wedding from another country. I actually loved my dress. The only thing I regretted was not leaving enough time for alterations but the dress itself was everything I hoped for.

Post # 12
17 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m so tempted to do order without trying on. I know the shape looks good on me but there are alot of embelilishments that I’m not to sure of. I’ve been looking for this one Allure Couture dress for months. It’s like a phantom dress lol. Noone’s worn it and noone has it in stock….yet it’s on all the bridal websites and gown galleries!!! I . Want. It…Cry

Allure C152


Allure C160


Post # 13
46 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

I did! I bought mine from another bee, before I ever even tried on a single wedding dress! I’m normally not the impulsive type, but I knew I wanted the maggie soretto rashrna dress the minute I saw it online! I say go for it, you can always have it altered to fit better. Maybe try on the same designer and silhouette so you wil know if it’s the right size.

Good luck!

Post # 14
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@YSQueen: Usually you can get anything in ATL, so that is suprising.  Since the designer doesn’t sell to anyone in GA, maybe she can send you a sample with return privledges?  Knowing you like the silhouette is really important, but every designer fits differently.  When you can’t even try on another dress by that designer, that’s hard.

I bought mine from yourdreamdress.com but they have a return policy or I probably wouldn’t have.  Turns out I didn’t need it, because I love it!

Post # 15
648 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I bought an Amsale ballgown online without trying it on. It fits wonderfully and is beautiful, but now it doesn’t go with our wedding. We went from traditional to very small ceremony and dinner reception at our fave restaurant. So now I have to find something else and I’m afraid I won’t have the same luck twice so I’m thinking of travelling to try on some dresses I like. Undecided 

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