Dress shopping alone?

posted 2 weeks ago in Dress
Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I went alone and that was in 2016… it was awesome I got to narrow things down on my own, and eventually ordered my dress online after I figured everything out.

Post # 18
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Sugar bee

I shopped alone because I hate shopping with others.  I know what I like and don’t need anybody suggesting or pulling out things for me. I found my dress at the first shop I went to, although I checked out one more just to see.

Later I set up an appointment at a fancy bridal shop at the “rich people’s mall” in my area. I did this  specifically for my mother so she could have the experience of watching me try on dresses, and I know she loved that shop.Two of my sisters came as well. There was one dress there that I really did like, but it had long sleeves and was made out of some kind of silk, maybe shantung? It was really gorgeous but would have been way too hot for me. Not to mention it was super expensive and no way was I spending that much on a one day dress!

I was so glad I did that, it made my mom so happy! Afterwards we went to the shop and I tried on the dress I found for them. My mom loved it and cried, so all in all a successful day. 💕

 

Post # 19
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Newbee

@daxsymbiote:  I just purchased my wedding dress last week, and I went alone because I am in a new city with no one as a close enough friend. However, I had a zoom call with three of my bridesmaids, who were able to see each of the desses I tried on and give their thoughts on it. I purchased the dress day-of and it was perfectly enjoyable:)

Post # 20
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Bumble bee

I went with my closest to 1st appointment. We all shared the same dress rankings. All of my next appointments will be alone. I dont want to wait on others im just going as soon as the next urge comes.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

I went alone several times and it was a great experience. The sales people were always really helpful and I think they were more honest because there wasn’t anyone else there to be mindful of. Good luck! 

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2022 - Studio City , CA

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@daxsymbiote:  Hi I went shopping with friends, my mother in different occasions.  The best trip was by myself where I could focus intently on the kind of bride I wanted to be without a gross amount of input from others.  For me shopping solo went well. 

Post # 23
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2020

I went dress shopping with two friends the first time. It was fun and was more of an experience so I’m really glad we did that. I felt bad dragging them across the country for my second round of shopping so I went solo. Highly recommend it because it felt very efficient. I was able to quickly rule out dresses and didn’t waste time stepping out of the dressing room because I felt the need to show my friends. 

Post # 24
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Blushing bee

I went with a big group of ladies, and then I went with one bridesmaid. 

I enjoyed going with one bridesmaid MUCH more then the big group. All the opinions made me feel so overwhelmed. The bridesmaid I went with was quiet as a mouse, it was basically like I was shopping by myself, which was great. 

I don’t regret going with the big group of hens, as those ladies really wanted the say yes to the dress experience LOL. It was fun, glad I did it, but definately not the most efficient way to shop. Also, just to echo some previous posts, take a bunch of photos, as it is so nice to look back and reflect! 

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2020

I went alone to several places, and I went with my mother and grandmother the final couple of times.

I did feel a little self conscious, but got used to it quick. The salespeople will treat you just the same as if you come with a big posse. There was one salesperson that I felt wasn’t taking me seriously until she saw my ring up close, eye roll, lol. 

I highly recommend that you go alone the first few times. Dress shopping is vulnerable. Unless you’re super tiny, you’ll be strapped into many dresses that are much to small for you. There’s nothing like trying on swimsuits or wedding dresses that makes you feel fat, haha. 

Post # 26
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Worker bee

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@daxsymbiote:  I went alone and found my dream dress. It was good to not have a billion opinions flying at me. You will know when it’s right, don’t be pushed by sales people, and definitely take photos. Also take time to think about it. Go sit down and look at the photos over a coffee.

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

I never wanted to go dress shopping with anyone but my mum after watching too much of say yes to the dress..plus I always thought it would destroy the element of surprise….

I bought both of my dresses online and then altered them

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2021 - Australia

I picked up my dress by myself…

to be honest I’m not sure I’d recommend it. I did feel very emotional doing it myself – you know yourself better than us, so this might not be an issue for you, but they told me to sit in a waiting area so that the alterations lady could serve me, and I did end up tearing up watching some other ladies finding their dresses because I was so happy for them, and I was so nervous about getting mine. It’s just such a big moment that you could see the look on their faces was something special so I got sympathy-emotional, haha. But maybe that wouldn’t happen to you!

The ladies were SO lovely, and I’m sure they would have taken videos and pictures for me if I asked, but it was so nice to shop with my sister and have her do that. I’ve looked back on those videos so many times since I bought the dress to help me remember buying it, and I’d be so sad if I didn’t have those pictures and videos.

Overall, I think it could be really nice, and as the others have said, we all know that sometimes having no entourage would be much nicer than some of the awful people on say yes to the dress. That said, for me I think I would ask the store to help take photos and videos, and also ask them to face time your mum or sister or person you’d have there if you could when you’re getting close to making a decision. It’s a really special moment.

 

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