(Closed) Don’t like ANY wedding dresses!

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
412 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I understand. I go into bridal shops and feel like nothing in there really speaks to me. It’s all too rouched and beaded and shiney and full on! I decided to have my dress made (I’m having a 50’s tea length style dress made – had a fitting today and I absolutely LOVE it!!!) cos I couldn’t find ANYTHING in stores that I felt suited me. I’d say search the net and magazines for dresses you DO like, perhaps make an appointment at a store, tell the assistant what kind of look you’re going for and take your pictures with you so you can show them what you like and try some on. You never know what’s going to grab you once it’s on. Then, if you’ve done that a few times at a few different stores and you still feel the same way you could look into getting something made.

Post # 4
1915 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Try some on! It makes the biggest difference. Even then, it might take a while. Don’t get discouraged, and be open to trying on different styles. Something you may have thought you didn’t want may be the one! Good luck.

Post # 5
5 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

A lot of dressed just don’t look good on the hanger.. especially wedding gowns. You just have to make an appointment and try them on! Also, try to look online and see if you find some you like, so you can take the pictures in and show the consultant. 

Post # 6
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Make an appointment, tell them your preference, but try on every shape/style/fabric.

I was so so sure I was going to be a classic Grace Kelly satin ball gown. One of my bridesmaids (after I tried on over 50 dresses and wasn’t impressed by anything) asked me to “please, just try it on, what harm will it do?” That was my dress! It’s an elaborate satin/tulle MERMAID! lol

Things look totally different on you than on the hanger!

Post # 7
46 posts
  • Wedding: September 2009

Don’t give up until you’ve actually tried on dresses, and maybe try a different store! Lots of brides end up falling in love with a different style than they were originally looking for. KLP is right, dresses look totally different on the hanger than they do on you.

Also, there are so many different styles and manufacturers of dresses, that particular shop might just not have what you’re looking for. Any given store only has a minor selection of what’s out there, and that selection is shaped by the taste of the store’s buyer. If you don’t share their taste, then you’re not going to find what you’re looking for. Have you looked online at any designer’s websites? Try finding a few who seem to get your “vision” of a wedding dress, then look for stores in your area that stock those designers.

Post # 8
3579 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Do NOT count a dress out by the way it looks on the hanger – you have to try it on!

Make an appointment back at that store – tell the lady what you are looking for and she will pull dresses and point you in the right direction. It is so hard to tell what a dress looks like on a hanger and in a dress bag!

Good Luck! – You will find a dress you love I promise!

Post # 9
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

I second all the sentiment that you HAVE to try it on!  Dresses I hated on the hanger I just loved when I put it on!  Give yourself the chance to try some on, there is one out there for you!

Post # 10
26 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

I went to about 5 different shops in 2 different states and tried on over 40 gowns. NOTHING struck me as something I would ever wear. Sure, they were all pretty, but not “me.” So I finally found a dress online and drove to try it on…wasn’t in love wth it… but then I tried another on the rack just for the heck of it and it’s the one. It takes a lot of time and patience. Don’t give up on being picky or settle, just make sure you keep going at trying lots and lots of dresses on and TAKE PICS!

Post # 11
578 posts
Busy bee

i ran into this issue when i was shopping for a dress. put together all the attributes you want in a dress and draw it. then take it to a bridal salon and see if someone has something like that for you, if not, consider having someone make it.

Post # 12
846 posts
Busy bee


I would definitely try on gowns first, but I just googled silk ball gown  or silk A-line or silk ball gown wedding.  There is a new w/o tags gown on Ebay for $799.00 “buy it now” with $55.00 shipping. Actually there are several, you could find out who makes them and then try some on.

Or this one Alvina Valenta  JLM Couture, it seems like this company may have ones you might like.  Good luck!

Alvina Valenta Bridal Gowns, Wedding Dresses:  Style AV9700

Post # 13
83 posts
Worker bee

My daughter and I went dress shopping and she definately didn’t like lace either, I was of the same opinion…. especially the type that just looked like it was just stuck on in random spots.  What did she end up with…. an Amy Michelson gown with french alencon lace bodice and a silk organza skirt! It was the most beautiful thing that we had ever seen!  So don’t rule out anything!  try them on!…. let your bridal consultant help! you may be surprised!The bridal consultant picked this gown for my daughter, she seemed to be very in tuned to what she would like and what would look good! good luck!

Post # 14
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I personally don’t think any of them look good on the hanger. You def. have to try them on.

Post # 15
1387 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think you’re jumping the gun a little.  Make an appointment, take your time to explain your “vision” to the consultant, and actually try on some dresses that fit the bill.  You can’t just window shop and look at dresses on hangers and make a blanket statement like “I don’t like any wedding dresses.”  It makes a HUGE difference to try them on.  Good luck!

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