Post # 1
I’m considering dress shopping by myself and am curious whether others have done this. My family is not local, and I could bring a friend who lives in my city or my Future Mother-In-Law, but I sort of like the idea of having no one’s input but my own. Also, I would surely bring someone in before I actually purchased a gown for a second opinion. Any thoughts?
Post # 3
One of my friends went dress shopping like 10 times alone. picked her 3 fav dresses and then brought everyone in to help at the end.
Post # 4
I did that! Only because my mother would push me to get something she’d want to wear as opposed to what I wanted. I brought her only when I was certain I knew what I wanted. She cried in the waiting area before I even came out wearing the dress! She loved it, I loved it and there were no battles. Happy ending.
Post # 5
I’ll be interested in the responses. I myself am wondering the same thing. I don’t live by any close friends or family and have been debating going alone.
Post # 6
Yup I found my dress by myself I want to the shop and tried on a few dresses and found the one i loved. I eventually brought my sister and my mom to see. FOr me dress shopping alone was calm and happy. When I was with other ppl I felt pressured to try on things that they thought looked nice.
Post # 7
Thanks for the input, ladies. I think I would enjoy going alone, but was hoping that the dress shop ladies wouldn’t discount me just becuase I didn’t bring a brood of people.
Post # 8
I went dress shopping with my Mom, then was afraid I was picking a dress because it made her cry, so I went dress shopping by myself to see if I really wanted that dress or not.
It was actually a lot of fun.
Post # 9
I live in a different state than my entire family and pretty much all of my friends (ones close enough I’d take shopping with me at least), so I dress shopped solo. I’m sure I looked sad to other people, but I rather enjoyed it. To be fair, I prefer shopping by myself in general so I probably would have gone alone even if I lived in my hometown. It was nice going at my own pace, and not having to fake some sort of major reaction to anything or get caught up in someone else’s opinion. I emailed my mom a photo of the dress after I paid for it, and she replied “beautiful”. It was enough for us.
Post # 10
I did, I bought my first dress all by myself. It is my favorite of my two dresses. I bought my dress for the ceremony with my FH. I enjoyed shopping by myself, nobody rushing me and I could try on whatever I wanted and I got the dress I really wanted, not something I was convinced to buy.
Post # 11
Yep, I went by myself twice….and it was refreshing to just think about something on my own. I ended up buying my dress when my Maid/Matron of Honor was with me…I appreciate her opinion, and we have similar fashion ideas, so I knew she would understand my vision, and not try to impress her own upon me!! 😀
Post # 12
I went dress shopping three times. First time was with my mom, Mother-In-Law and Maid/Matron of Honor. It was tough to have to listen to all of the opinions. Second time was with mom and we did not see eye to eye.
Third time I went alone and found my dress! It was the best way to go for me. I bought it without any additional opinions. Maybe I should have asked my Maid/Matron of Honor to take a look at it, but I was excited! 🙂
Post # 13
I followed in Ranaki13 footsteps and also went alone. It was perfect and so relaxing! Once I found my top 3 I invited a Bridesmaid or Best Man and my mom and with their help I narrowed it down to the one. I wouldn’t have done it any other way!
Post # 14
I did exactly what you’re thinking of and it was so much more efficient. My family and bridal party are scattered across the country, so I went shopping alone at 3-4 boutiques. I think you end up being able to try more dresses on that way because if you don’t like it, there’s no pressure to show anyone else or discuss it or anything. Then I brought a friend from the area when I had narrowed it down to 2 dresses and chose my final dress with her help.
But I also don’t have a close relationship with my mom and dress shopping wasn’t something that either of us needed to do together. If your mom (or FMIL) might feel left out, I’d suggest trying to go at least once with her.
Post # 15
The first time I went dress shopping with my sister and and a friend. They were really good about it because they kept quiet until I told them what I thought. Then, they would give me their input. We have the same style and taste in clothes so I brought them along to tell me if I looked good in a certain dress on. I also needed that extra person to confirm and remember which dresses looked good on me. After that, I went dress shopping by myself (6 stores!) since I now new what I like/disliked until I found the one. It’s nice shopping alone because I feel like you get through more dresses without everyone oohing and aahing. I never had time to shop so I had to squeeze in my visits here and there so that saved me alot of time.
End the end, I couldn’t narrow it down to 2 dresses so I brought a friend along for the second visit and she basically watched my reaction in the dresses. Based on my body reaction, she told me which one I showed more “liking” to.
Post # 16
I did almost all of my dress shopping alone! My bridesmaids live about 1-1.5 hrs away, plus it’s hard to coordinate schedules, so I ended up browsing on my own. I actually preferred it that way, because in the end, all that matters is what YOU think of the dress. It just turned out that when I finally ended up buying my dress, my newly-engaged friend accompanied me to the sample sale because she wanted to look for a dress for herself as well. But aside from that one time, I did all my shopping alone.
I recommend it, actually! As others have mentioned, you could always bring a friend or relative to help you make a decision once you’ve narrowed down your choices.