Post # 1
- Wedding: St. petersburg, FL
Not engaged yet, but genuinely curious to hear about your dress shopping experience. Who went with you, and what was the experience like? How did you know where to start? I’m assuming dress shopping experiences aren’t all like SYTTD and Kleinfeld’s, but that’s all I’m envisioning so far lol!
Post # 2
I took my Maid/Matron of Honor. We went to David’s Bridal and I quickly realized I hated dress shopping and also hate all white dresses. Left DB went to my second appointment, picked the third dress I tried on cause it was good enough. Then we went and played pinball the rest of the day. I think it took and hour and a half total dress shopping.
Post # 3
The only person I brought with me was my mom the first several times. When I finally picked my dress, we were out of town and my dad had dropped us off at the shop, so he did come in and look at my dress and paid for it. I kind of knew what I wanted (long sleeves) which really cut down the amount of dresses to look at. I went to one store and just scoped things out before doing some research online, finding dresses on designer websites that I wanted to try on and then went to the stores that had those dresses. I went 4 places, one place I went twice and almost bought a dress there but decided not to, glad I didn’t! The first place I went, it was extremely crowded and no one really even helped me-she pulled one or two dresses and I looked through the rest, and I dressed myself.
Where I finally got my dress, I got it 15% off, it was beautiful, the consultant was fabulous, such a great experience until a few months later I discovered they had closed and no one could get their dresses. Luckily, they had ordered my dress already and I got it straight from the designer but some girls could not even pick up their dresses they had paid for.
Post # 4
My first appointment i took my mom and mother in law. The second appointment and when i bought my dress i went alone. I’d do it again like that in a heartbeat.
Post # 5
I took my daughter and step-daughter. I would’ve included my DIL as well if she lived closer. Ditto my sister.
Post # 6
First appointment to Davids I went alone.
Second I went with a trusted friend. I found the dress and I knew it was it the moment it was on. I didn’t even need to see myself in it. I didn’t cry, but I just knew.
Post # 7
- Wedding: St. petersburg, FL
That’s terrible. I think I heard about that- it was a popular place to buy dresses from, right? I’m glad it worked out for you though. I think I remember the dress boards blowing up on here from that time.
Post # 8
- Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club
I wanted one appointment. I knew a very large shop with a huge inventory, so if they didn’t have something for me to find, then I’d be SOL. I had created a secret pinterest board and pinned ideas. I showed the board to the girl when I got there for some inspo and told her to throw me a curve ball or two of something she thinks would like nice on me, but not what I had shown her. I tried on about 11 dresses and guess which one I picked? The curve ball! I’m so glad I asked for that because she’s a professional and knows what would look nice on my body and what my personal style is.
I took my mom, grandma, godmother, aunt, and sisters. My most important ladies.
I didn’t think the dress shopping was magical and I didn’t cry or get emotional. Don’t get your hopes up from watching those shows that you’re going to fall in love and cry because that might not be the reality even if you find the perfect dress.
Post # 9
I was dreading dress shopping and went with just my mum. Im pretty introverted and the thought of taking my whole family and friends just overwhelmed me. Too many opinions makes you doubt yourself, and likewise if everyone likes one dress but you dont, you feel pressured into buying it. We booked an appointment at a random dress store that I found online and looked nice. I tried on 3 dresses within budget and bought the first. I never had a ‘this is the one’ moment, I just thought it looked good, felt comfortable and fit my lowish budget. It wasnt perfect, I would have loved long sleeves not cap sleeves but it was still beautiful and I knew it was the best I was going to find in my price range and area.
Post # 10
The first time my mom, Maid/Matron of Honor, and SIL went with.
When I made my final choice just my mom.
Post # 11
I went to two stores. The first time I went with my mom (who is also my MOH) and my Future Mother-In-Law. I hated it. Not because of who I went with but because I think I had envisioned it being like SYTD and it was so far from it.
The second store I went to was out of town. So I went with my mom & my grandmother. My Future Mother-In-Law skyped in during the appointment. Just being at a different store made all the difference. I am happy with who I chose to be there. My grandmother appreciated the experience more than words can say. Also, I don’t do well with having too many opinions. Therefore, having my bridal party (6 girls) there would’ve been horrible for me. I loved my second experience.
Post # 12
I love looking at wedding dresses but dreaded trying them on myself. I get worn out shopping so easily. The first time I went with a few of my bridesmaids, and just tried on a bunch of different styles of dresses to see what I liked. It was really fun and low pressure. Then I went just me and my mom and picked out my dress. My mom is very opinionated and it wasn’t fun but she was excited to go with me. I went home to think about it after and then went back a week later with another bridesmaid and mom again and purchased it then. I definitely would not have enjoyed having a huge entourage with me like you see on SYTTD!
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2017 - Orange County, CA
I brought my sister. I knew i wanted off the rack, and not from a bridal store. We went to the mall and shopped at Nordstroms, Macy’s and Bloomingdales. I went with a poufy white dress from Macy’s. We spend about 3 hours total.
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2018 - Banquet Hall/Conference Center
First time (just to look/scout out places): Mom and best friend who happened to be in town that day for something else.
Second time (actual shopping): mom and aunt. No bridal party or friends, sadly, as they all live out of state.
Post # 15
I went with my mum and my future mother in law. My mum bought my dress so would always be there, but she can be very negative. My future mother in law loves everything and is very positive, so I hoped that would balance everything out!
I got the dress I went to that shop to see, which was the first dress I tried on. They both knew I wanted to try this one on particularly so I think my mum was on her best behaviour!!