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
Sorry double post, somehow I posted this thread twice.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC
🙂 so exciting
I havent been through alteration drama yet buy well see.
When I went I went with people who were not so annoying that they took over but pushed me to try on different styles and consider things i wouldnt. For example, i was like no sash and mu Maid/Matron of Honor was like just try it on with flower facing back and it looked great. She really was great, we have very different styles and she got me to push boundries within my own style. My mum was pretty great too.
My Fiance sister (the good one) was a God send too and got straight to the job of finding stuff i like before the assistant had time.
Which brings me to my next point, dont always listen to the assistant, sometimes they have no clue and sometimes theyre fab.
At my first appointment I went to two stores next to each other. I must of tried on about 5/6 dresses in each.
I didnt bring anything. Some stores had heels for me to try on with the dress and others had me stand on a box thing. Some gave me a bra to try it on with and some didnt. I wish I’d sorted my hair though to how i was going to wear it with the veil.
Post # 5
@happyheartbee: You shouldn’t have to bring any undergarments to your appointment to try on dresses, most bridal salons provide samples you can wear to try on dresses. As for alterations I would take the dress to an independent seamstress or tailor because a lot of shops are overpriced with their alterations. I would definitely bring a few pictures of what you are initially looking at in regards to dresses (shape, fabric, price range, etc.).
I think I had about 10 styles in my head and listed on a piece of paper when I first went to look at dresses. I ended up trying on only about 5 of the 10 styles because they didn’t have a sample that was my size, etc. I would keep an open mind while trying on dresses. It is okay to have a dress shape and style in your head but also realize that not all dresses look as good on as they do online! 🙂 And I would definitely go to 2-3 different bridal shops so you have a variety of choices. And don’t buy the dress on the first trip unless you are absolutely sure and/or they are having a great deal. I would sleep on it and keep looking unless your mind keeps coming back to a particular dress. 🙂
Good luck and have fun! 🙂
Post # 6
I have a lace dress and I spent about $200 on alterations for an over and a french bustle, and I had a corset back put in. I didn’t need my dress hemmed, but for about $100 you can order your hollow to hem custom (of course you’d need to know what shoes you’re wearing).
Post # 7
I was sooooo happy I wore pretty full coverage boy shorts (in black) and a strapless bra. First time I’ve been practically naked in front of strangers ever, and I was glad I dress as modestly as possible. I highly recommend the boyshorts… and not the cheeky ones.
Post # 8
Yay, how exciting! I love dress shopping. 🙂 One thing I think really improved the experience for me was making sure I put some effort into doing my hair and makeup beforehand, it have me a general confidence boost and also gave me a better idea of what I would look like on the day.
Also, make sure you try the dresses with veils and any other headpieces or accessories you might be considered to get a general idea of what works and what doesn’t.
Re undergarments, a good nude strapless bra and supportive undies, like Spanx or just seamless underwear.
Post # 9
1. How much did you spend on alterations? Not sure yet! All I need is a bustle, though.
2. Any tips for a first time wedding gown shopper? Don’t expect to find anything! Just have fun and enjoy the experience!
3. How many dresses did you try on at your first appointment? I tried on around 8 at the first place, and at LEAST10 at the second place (20 or 25 dresses between my two appointments there in the same wekend!)! I was the only bride there, so I got to try on EVERY ballgown! (My dress was #15-ish!)
4. What should I bring/ wear to the first appointment (undergarments etc. )? The salon I went to had a no-shoes policy! I wore conservative panties and a strapless bra!
Post # 10
@BrandNewBride: Thanks for the reply! I was worried I might want to try on too many dresses, I’m thinking of having a list of maybe five dresses and anything the consultant suggests I would like to try something I might not pick on my own!