Dress Shopping Dilema

posted 4 months ago in Dress
  • poll: Where should I go Wedding Dress shopping?
    Where you live (Tucson, AZ) : (23 votes)
    82 %
    Where your family is (New Jersey) : (5 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 2
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    520 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2019

    I’d do it where you live. Sooo much easier. Especially for fittings and everything. It might actually be nicer just having your one bridesmaid there with you instead of a bunch of people with a bunch of opinions. 

    Post # 3
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    2104 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    In your case I’d be torn. If you are getting married on the east coast, buying it in Arizona means you’ll need to figure out transportation and likely having your dress steamed when you arrive for the wedding. That seems like an unnecessary hassle. If you can afford to fly back to NJ for at least a few fittings or can incorporate fittings into other trips, I’d consider doing it there. In my case, I flew home and went wedding dress shopping with my family but then actually purchased the dress I found near me. But, I was driving to my wedding so I didn’t have to deal with taking my dress on a plane. 

    Post # 4
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    3264 posts
    Sugar bee

    Buy it where you live. Fly your mom in to go dress shopping.

    I got married across the country. I had 4 fittings. It would have been a nightmare (and so costly) if I had bought my dress in the city where I got married.

    Pack the dress in a hard cover carry one to transport it, and have it steamed in NJ. Do not put it in a garment bag. It can get stained or ripped, even in the closet or overhead. And God forbid they make you gate check it, which can happen.

    Post # 5
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    227 posts
    Helper bee

    I live in the Bay Area but I’m getting married in Southern California and originally from Ohio. I bought my dress in Ohio so my mom could go with me and have to go back to Ohio to get it fitted. In hindsight, I wish I would have just gone with my mom while she was here in a California on a visit, buying where I live. It’s easy for me to travel home, but still.

    Post # 6
    Member
    215 posts
    Helper bee

    Find if any places in NJ have the dress you want to try on and go try it on with your family and friends. Get their input. Then go to the local shop with your Tuscon bridemaid (if she wants to go) to try it on again and buy the dress. 

    Post # 7
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    72 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2020

    I did both, in a sense. I went to where my family was to try on gows initially, so they could be included, but now I’m going shopping where I live to actually purchase. But, I’ll be getting married where I currently live, if that makes a difference. No matter where you try them on, I would purchase where you live because of all the alterations.

    Post # 8
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    1514 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2017

    I don’t know why your fittings would have to be at the store? I used a seamstress recommended by the shop but she worked out of her house (same for my mom who bought her MOB dress from a different, more prominent salon)

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