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

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I don’t have any input re:buying without trying on, but have you looked into trunk shows at the two salons in your area? They may be able to get the dress in for you to try on then before it’s out as a regular stock dress.

Post # 4
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have not bought a dress without trying it on, but I most certainly will.

I’m ordering my dress from a chinese website, make to order in my size. Worst case scenario : It may be slightly small/big and I’ll have to get it tailored. Still not an issue for the amount of money I’m saving to have my dress.

Post # 5
35 posts
  • Wedding: December 2013

I just ordered a dress online that was similar to the ones I tried on-  I feel in love with a dress but it had one small thing I wasnt a fan if- a corset.  When I looked online and there was a similar one with a different back so I took a chance-  I’m so excited – it comes tomorrow.   If you haven’t tried any one, I would not recommend just getting your measurements and buying it online-  you may not even like the way it looks-  At the very least find someone who has a similar style and try it on- if you still love it- then go for ordering it online-   

Post # 6
6221 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

If you’ve tried on similar styles and you like them all, I say order it. The bridal salons can order it if they stock martina liana, even if they don’t have the dress

Post # 8
6221 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

@HeyKaraoke:  yes! just call them and make sure, but as long as the designer is making that dress for sale, they can order it since they carry the line. 

Post # 9
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I ordered my dress from BHLDN. Granted, I could return it if it didn’t work out, but I didn’t need to. My dress is beautiful, and while it was a tad tight when I first got it, I have since lost weight, and it fits well. 

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

I did, because I knew I loved the dress and it was a style that would suit my body type. It didn’t look quite the way I wanted it to…but that’s more of an impetus to change how I look than to find another dress. When I’ve lost a few pounds, I think it will look great.

Post # 11
412 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

YES!! I did!! Almost the exact same thing happened to me. It was out of my price range by a few hundred dollars and when my Darling Husband saw it he knew it was my dress and didnt care about the price. I went to the bridal salon that sold Maggie Sottero styles and ordered the dress. It came in 4 weeks before my wedding and was PERFECT!! Everyone thought I was crazy but I just knew it was “the one”

Post # 12
1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I bought MANY dresses online without trying them on first 


I made sure I knew the measurements of my body and the measurements of the designer who made the gown… Even then, I started to realize just HOW different the gowns look in ads and on website than in person so I stopped buying without seeing the gowns first. I even went so far as to visit the gown in the store and then shop for it online at home.

I am nervous for you ordering a gown you’ve never seen at all ever because magazines and online photos can be so retouched and deceiving that I wouldn’t really recommend it if you’ve never ever seen the gown in person or on yourself at all.

I also agree that you will need to order it asap cuz your wedding is in October… that alone would make me super nervous because you’re ordering from a photo and everything is so sudden and do or die that it would make me want to keep searching for a gown I KNOW is stunning on and has all the elements you want.

I love the pic as well but I think that style is pretty easily found so I would keep searching for gowns you can see and feel for yourself in person.

Best of luck!!!


Post # 13
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I, like you went ahead and bought a dress unseen ……. Eeeeeeeek!! Did I loose sleep ?absolutely! Lol. I tried on many dresses but loved the fit of the new mori lee that arrived that day….. Loved it but wanted a diffent skirt, so I went online to look at the rest of the collection and found the perfect dress also from mori lee and also from her spring 2013 line. They have almost the same bodices but different skirts. It took me a week to choose. But I did. I ordered it from a boutique Sight unseen.  I say go with your gut if it feels right then it’s right!!!! 

Post # 14
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I never considered buying without seeing because I would have been anxious the entire 4-5 months.  I like my sanity. 🙂

But, with that said…I also did some magazine shopping and I remember falling in love with a few.  So when I was shopping around for dresses, I asked one boutique if they carried any of those particular dresses and she said that I could pay $20 for them to get in a lender dress from the designer.  It would get shipped to the boutique and I  could try on that way.  I can’t remember if all designers do that, but it might be worth asking those bridal shops in your area.

Post # 15
3 posts
  • Wedding: July 2013

I would not order a dress without trying it on first. For the longest time, I was in love with the Pronovias dress – the Dahir. I went to a bridal salon and tried a similar dress on (they did not have it in the shop) and the style did NOT work on me. I was bummed, but I went on to find a great dress when I was able to figure out which style worked best on my figure.

Post # 16
1681 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@HeyKaraoke:  I knew what my dream dress looked like and had tried on many similar gowns that fit perfect, but weren’t quite perfect. When I found one I loved used, I bought it without trying it on. Best decision I could have made 🙂

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