Dress shopping on your own?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
603 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Athol Hall, Mosman

Yeah, it’s fine!

I know the whole thing is daunting with different colours, silhouettes and designs. TBH, I did the whole thing on my own (except for 2 days) and it was fine. A lot of women go shopping during the lunch hrs on weekdays. Some just go in to browse and talk with the assistants and make appointments. I went on weekdays to avoid the insane crowds and get the proper attn I needed. Some ppl will feel rushed during the more busier days since most boutiques (from my experience) have about a 1hr limit on appts. It was probably easier in my case because I’ve seen cases where brides ended up with dress regret because they picked a dress that everyone else said looked great but in truth it really didn’t reflect their own personality or wants. It’s good to form your own opinion before getting it clouded with your entourage.

Post # 3
3730 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Of course they allow brides to come in alone. It’s really a personal preference. If you’d rather go and collect your thoughts without the interference others then you should definitely go alone. Once you start bringing people it can get confusing because then you start adding in varying opinions. Have fun!

Post # 4
1626 posts
Bumble bee

I went on my own, (I hate shopping with other people!), and found my dress at the first place I looked. I went to a few other stores, just to see what else was out there, but knew the first place had ‘my dress’.

I felt bad that my mom didn’t get the ‘mom experience’, so I made an appointment at another store with her. (It was a fancy, formal feeling place similar to Kleinfeld’s….something I knew she would love.)  My sisters went too. There was actually a dress there that we all loved, but I knew it would be too hot to wear. After that appointment I took her to see the first dress I found, and she “happy cried” ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 5
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017 - Sauk Valley Resort

I went shopping on my own a couple times, and figured out what style I wanted and found a designer I loved. I went online and looked to dresses on the website, called around until I found a store with a sample of the one I picked out, then took my mom and sister with me. My mom is very opinionated and never likes anything I decide on, and I’m very self conscious and hated trying on dresses, so I wanted to minimize the in store shopping as much as possible. Went in, tried the sample, said I’ll take it, placed my order. It was much easier that way.

Post # 6
3452 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

I went on my own bc I dislike shopping in general, want to get in and out, dragging other people along never entered my mind. Its totally fine. ๐Ÿ˜Š Purchased my dress online but picked it up at a local store to try on and all four ladies were really sweet. Felt like I got special attention since it was early on a weekday and not crowded. I’d browsed the store the week before to see if I could find something off the rack and they were fine letting me wander around.

Post # 7
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I also went on my own to “just try” and see what goes best on me before going with my familiy.. I ended up falling in love with a dress. I think wedding dresses are not like regular dress, you kind of know when you find the one and you don’t know when it may happen. So you can go alone, but only if you know there’s a possibility to find your dress without your familly! I cried when I found it and I would have liked a hug from my mom but she wasn’t there.

Post # 8
1203 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

The first time I took my mom and Future Mother-In-Law.  The 2nd time I went alone and found my dress!  I’d go alone again in a heartbeat! 

Post # 9
1711 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I went alone for my wedding dress and my vow renewal dress (although I got input from my mother the second time around). It made it much less stressful than it probably would have been, getting conflicting opinions and dragging out the process, at least for me. 

Post # 10
931 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Thr first time i took my mom just because she was in town and i figured i should do thr mother daughter dress thing but each time after that i went by myself and I prefer it that way. I normally shop by myself or with my husband and dont like interference from friends or family nor do i need their opinions mixed into my own mixed bag of thoughts. No one batted an eye at me or thought it was strange so if you want to go alone the first time, then you should.  

Post # 11
665 posts
Busy bee

FutureRosas :  I’ve almost always gone alone. Both for last engagement and this engagement. Most of my friends live far away and my moms dead. The rest of my family I’m not close with. I bought my gown without ever meeting his family. Try to post photos if you can and we can help. 

Post # 12
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

I highly recommend it. 

I had gone a couple times with others and ending up finding my dress on my own: no pressure (not that my group was pressuring me). There was no pressure or anxiety about stepping out in a dress and looking bad or impressing anyone. 

I found it to be a lot more fun, and I got to talk the person helping me a lot and she focused only on me and my thoughts and opinions.


Post # 13
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Shows like “Say Yes To the Dress” does a huge disservice to woman purchasing bridal dresses.  There is no way that you have to purchase your dress with a large entourage following behind.  I browsed dresses once with my mother and once with my future mother-in-law, but I knew that when it came time to purchase my dress, I wanted to be on my own.

I purchased my own dress on a whim at David’s Bridal in January.  I still love the dress even now, and I will always remember the day I puchased it, and I just went alone, and it did not take me very long to find the right one.  The way I figured was….I’m paying for this dress, and it’s my wedding, and I really don’t care what anyone else thinks.  I’m so glad I did!  Plus everyone who has seen my dress says its “so me”!

Post # 15
671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Ceremony and Reception: Historic mansion on the water

I only ever took my Mom with me to dress shop.  However, I was by myself when I found my dress.The person who helped me find my dress completely appreciated and understood my coming alone.  I had in my head they type of look my FH wanted to see me in and my Mom would love whatever I chose. Thus, I went to the salon I knew exactly what I wanted and didn’t need anyone else’s thoughts or opinions plus I was the one paying for the dress.  

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