(Closed) Dress shopping etiquette

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would call ahead and ask if its ok if you browse before and appointment and find out when they aren’t busy (and go then). They might make you have an appointment even if you are just looking. If you do schedule an appointment, let your consultant know you are just looking so that she doesn’t get too excited about making a sale. If you decide to come back later to purchase one of the dresses you saw, make sure you book your appointment with the same consultant so that they still make commission off of the sale (instead of someone else who didn’t do the work).

ETA: If you find one you like while browsing, you might be able to try it on right away (if they aren’t busy). If all of the consultants are busy they might make you wait to book an appointment. Before you go to a salon I would figure out what your budget is and check to see what designers the salon carries to make sure at least some of the dresses they carry are within your budget.

Post # 4
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I made appointments before I went to look- mostly because I was so excited I didn’t think I’d be able to wait to try something on if I found something I really liked!

If you make an appt at David’s, try to make it for a weekday or evening (the place is a ZOO on the weekends, but I was lucky to get great service on a Wednesday evening).

Take one or two people with you to take pictures… too many people end up just getting in the way & you get more opinions than you can handle at once.

Trust the salespeople- if they bring something to try and it’s not what you had pictured in your head, maybe just humor them.  I had so much fun trying on all the different shapes & sizes!

Also- take a bottle of water, wear full butt undies, and a strapless bra. 

Post # 5
10588 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@Seashells7:  It depends on the store.  Some require appointments.  Some require appointments only for weekends.  They usually list the information online, along with the designers they carry so you can start your search online.

Post # 6
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

It really depends on the store. Some never take appointments, some always require appointments. 

Post # 7
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think you need to make appointments.  That is when you do your browsing.

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