(Closed) Dress shopping for the first time!!!!

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Wear underwear that you don’t mind flashing the world in 😉 and have fun! 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Have a very open mind – – don’t have any guards up – – if you don’t want to try anything on with lace, try something on with lace – – SERIOUSLY!!!!!! 

Because I am so short (5 ft) the only request I had was no mermaid gowns…Mind you going into it I was sure I didn’t want lace, I was sure I didn’t want bling, I was sure I wanted a gown that screamed light delicate fabric that would flow in the wind…..I AM WEARING THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE because once I was in the store I dropped all guards and allowed the gal to bring me anything and everything except mermaid gowns…

** 1 major bit of advice – – have a budget. I told the gal I wanted to spend between $3k-$5k and if she brought anything over $5k there was no sale and I don’t even want to look at it…….  Don’t push on that one!!!!

HAVE FUN – – don’t forget Laughing

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Is it true that you have to/should wear the underwears that you plan on wearing on your wedding day? Any advice on different types of underwears for the big day? I’m going dress shopping in a few weeks!! 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

have a great time!  my tip is to spend a moment alone in the dressing room if you like a dress before you show it to your “audience” (mom, bms, friends, etc.).  if i’d come out in my dress without taking a moment to realize how much i loved it, i never would have withstood their initial criticism and i’d be wearing my second choice.  i guess that also makes my advice, trust your own opinion–you know how you want to look.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

re underwear: i wore a nude strapless corset for lift and a nude “girdle” to keep everything smooth.  the salesgirl said i picked excellent underwear (this was after a clueless topless adventure at another store b/c i didn’t know i should wear something strapless).

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Go to a boutique or somewhere with a nice ambiance and excellent customer service. I went to a consignment store, and the owner just loved helping me find my dress and she wasn’t pushy at all. I went to a bridal “warehouse” a couple of years ago for a bridesmaid dress and it wasn’t a fun shopping experience I envisioned.

I did not wear special underwear, and I think that was better. I want to find a dress that fits me and then tidy up the not-so-good parts of me, not find a dress that only looks good if I’m all squished in. Also, the strapless bra that looks good for one dress may have to much or too little lift for another.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Wearing some nude spank or similar can be helpful to smooth everything.  Also a nude strapless bra if you have one can be very helpful.  My Bridesmaid or Best Man came with me and also brought along a robe for me to wear in between dresses (many places provide them, but some don’t).   I also took some extra time before I went dress shopping and curled my hair and put on a little more make up than usual so that I felt more beautiful in all of those beautiful dresses.

 

I had no idea what kind of dress I wanted– my tastes were all over the place.  So, I tried on a little bit of everything, an all lace, a big ballgown, something grecian-inspired, then finally found my perfect dress.  But trying on a lot of different styles really helped me know what I liked and didn’t like.

 

I completely agree about being firm with the consultant about budget– don’t let them show you something you can’t afford.  Also, think about whether or not your budget for your dress if with or without tax.  I was psyched about the deal I got on my dress– I bought the sample and got 20% off, which put it within budget range.  Then they added on the tax, and it went a little out of budget range… in the beginning I was always forgetting to factor taxes into everything!

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Congrats!  Make sure you try all types of dresses, even if you don’t really like it on the hanger since they look completely different on a real person.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

have fun!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Be open minded! I went in thinking I knew exactly what I wanted and now I have no idea and I’m still trying to decide on one. I would try on every silhouette the first time because some silhouettes that you think you wouldn’t look good in are the ones that are most flattering. I didn’t think I was going to look good in mermaid/trumpet or drop waist because I’m only 5’3″ but they are quite flattering! I knocked out ballgowns pretty quickly. haha

And yes, definitely wear underwear you don’t mind everyone seeing!

And, if you get bad vibes, or the customer service sucks from the get-go…move on and go somewhere else so you don’t waste your time with pushy consultants who are not helpful!

GOOD LUCK! and have fun 🙂

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