(Closed) Dress shopping by yourself?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1542 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I kind of did it, I walked by a bridal shop and somehow ended up inside trying to try on a gown (it was too big so I couldn’t get the idea of how I looked in it). Truth is I needed some kind of validation, other than the one the salesgirl gave me, but that’s me.

You might wanto to go somewhere you’re allowed to take pictures so you can send those pics to your mom and BMs.

Post # 4
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I went by myself and I sort of prefered it so I could choose what I really wanted instead of caving to peer pressure on what someone else wants me to wear instead of myself.

Try to take your time, see if you can take pictures, or take notes about the ones you like.

Post # 6
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I should have gone dress shoping by myself so I could get a firm idea of what I wanted in a dress before hearing everyone else’s opinions. Turns out, im easily persuaded. Mother-In-Law ended up picking my dress. I regret it.

Post # 8
827 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I shopped by myself once.  It felt really weird after having shopped with my friends and family.  I only did it once and I didn’t find anything that I liked that day.

I ended up purchasing my dress by myself (however it was a dress that I tried on before with my family present.)

Post # 9
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I did one of the times I went. Make sure you make an appointment so that someone will help you get into the dresses… They’re hella heavy.

Post # 10
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I actually had my best appointment by myself! It’s nice to get to kind of absorb everything by yourself, because you know that others reactions are not swaying your opinion or influencing your choice at all.

Post # 11
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hi! I went by myself on two of the five total dress appointments I had. And it was fine. I actually shop better when I am alone, haha, but I understand how you feel. Personally I didn’t have an issue with it, the consultants that helped me when I was alone were so nice and didn’t pressure me so it was still a very pleasant experience, even though I did not find “the dress” that day.  I wasn’t phased by the fact that I was alone and like what some of the other previous posters noted, it allows you to really absorb everything without getting swayed by opinions to biase how you really feel about the dresses.

What salons are you planning to go to? (I also live in Los Angeles), I went to The Bridal Suite in Pasadena and Winnie Couture in Beverly Hills by myself and the consultants there were very helpful and sweet.

Post # 12
2086 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

I went with three friends the first time and alone from then on. It’s SO nice to have a consultants undivided attention. When I shopped with a group, I couldn’t move through dresses as quickly as I wanted to and I tried on quite a few that didn’t interest me.

Interestingy, all of the consultants offered o take pictures of me when I shopped alone. Another bride who went to one of the same salons (or maybe two of the same ones) was with a group and was told they couldn’t take pictures.

Here’s the post I wrote about shopping alone:


Post # 13
4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I went alone one random Monday night and found My Dress.  ๐Ÿ™‚  I ended up going back to do more shopping with my Maid/Matron of Honor and mom, and showed them My Dress again and they agreed… it was the one. 

I loved shopping alone, it was my favorite.  Sure I liked sharing the experience and loved having my mom there but getting two other peoples’ opinions on every single dress I walked out in was overwhelming most of the time.  They loved things I didn’t, and didn’t like things I did… finally they could see on my face that my favorite dress was clearly the winner.

Post # 14
11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@KristenGotMarried: Agreed.

While I did a lot of appointments with my fair share of people I realized that their comments were confusing me and preventing me from hearing my own thoughts. I decided to go on an appointment by myself and try on dresses. I ended up with a dress totally different than what I thought I wanted and I had no doubts or criticisms to deal with.

I highly recommend it to any bride.

Post # 15
5269 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2016

I think I need to!! I care too much of what ppl think of my dresses every time I go with them

Post # 16
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

i only went alone.  it’s a lot easier to here the “truth” about how certain dresses are from a neutral third party (well, somewhat neutral, the consultant).  they will tell you why a certain cut doesn’t work well, and why others look fabulous on you.  and since it’s their job, unlike your friends and fam, they are talented at phrasing it tactfully and respectfully…and there are no emotions involved because again, the person is neutral.  i highly recommend.  you will “hear” what you need to from the professional a lot easier alone.  i bought my dress this way. no one has seen it on me.  professional consultants won’t tell you everything looks fabulous, unless of course it does.  but almost all body types favor some shapes more than others.

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