Post # 1
I just scheduled my first appointment to try on wedding dresses! I so excited to find the dress I will marry my Fiance in, but nervous also. I am shopping with a small budget and I really can’t afford to go over budget. I have a few questions for the bees:
1. How much did you spend on alterations? I am looking at lace dresses, are alterations more for lace dresses?
2. Any tips for a first time wedding gown shopper?
3. How many dresses did you try on at your first appointment? I am going to try to have some styles prepicked out for the consultant to pull for me, but I would like to leave room to try something different if case something unexpected catches my eye because maybe something I’m not expecting will end up being my dream dress.
4. What should I bring/ wear to the first appointment (undergarments etc. )? I have not selected shoes yet and I’m not sure if I want to wear heels or flats.
Post # 3
I wore flats when I tried the dress on, you can bring shoes with you when you have your alteration appointment. I tried on about 10 dresses, one of them.. the huge ballgown one was just for fun. I had a bra/panties on and they let me borrow a strapless bra for the strapless dresses. I wound up not getting my dress altered so I’m not sure about that, but you don’t have to use the bridal shops alteration people, if you know a recent bride they may know someone cheaper.
Post # 4
@happyheartbee: Most salons that have an in-house seamstress will give you an alterations cap. That is, no matter how much you get done to your dress, you won’t go over this certain amount – unless, of course, you want to change the look of your dress altogether. Mine was $200. So, be sure to ask if they have that cap.
It’s very tempting to not buy a dress you fall in love with right on the spot, but make sure you do price comparisons. Keep the dress in mind and go somewhere else that carries it. Salons are often very willing to beat someone else’s price. Where in MD are you? Check out Delaware where gowns are tax-free. One of my friends went to Irini’s after a few salons and Irini’s matched those prices – and without tax! RK Bridal online is a good place to give you an idea of how much gowns shoud cost. They have a physical location but you can buy their dresses online (they’re an authorized retailer) and their prices are usually MUCH lower than regular salons. I actually used the price I got from them for my BMs’ dresses to negotiate with a local salon…and the salon matched RK’s price!
I tried on about 4 dresses at my first appointment, fell in love with one, but slept on it when I came home, and didn’t fell the same way about it anymore the next day. I tried on 5 dresses at my second appointment, where I found THE dress. I went during the designer’s trunk show and got a discount that brought the price of the dress down to one that matched RK’s prices.
I wore a strapless bra to both appointments. I’m quite a germaphobe though so I wanted to wear my own undergarments…lol.
Post # 5
@happyheartbee: I forgot to add, keep an open mind! Consultants seem to be able to read brides pretty well, so if they pull out something that might not appeal to you, try it on anyway. I would have never picked out the dress I have myself, but once it was on me, I fell in love! 🙂
Post # 6
Thanks for the advice ladies! It sounds like I should bring a strapless bra. One of the dresses I plan on trying on has a keyhole back and I don’t know what if any undergarment will work for that. I think sleeping on the decision is a must and I need to shop around.