Post # 1
I don’t mean to offend anybody, but I feel the need to post this.
Lately I have been working with brides who bring an entire entourage when they dress shop. The poor brides get so confused because they have so many opinions and cannot focus on the dresses. Also, when there are so many other people there, it is very hard for the consultant to speak with the bride, get to know her, and tell her everything she needs to know about the dresses. I understand dress shopping is exciting, but please do not bring your entire posse with you when you dress shop, it will only many things worse for the consultant and more importantly, you. Bring your closest friends/family and let it be a more intimate shopping trip.
Post # 3
Randy and the ladies of SYTTD say this all the time. I went by myself and loved every minute of it.
Post # 4
@tksjewelry: I went alone and didn’t think anyone else did that.
Post # 5
@TheFutureMcBride: I went alone, too! I did bring a friend once I had finally found “the one” and had to go on a road trip to try it on, but I was by myself for the rest of the process. I think it helped me out a lot with focusing, but ultimately, a second opinion would’ve been nice! I think one extra person whose taste you respect and who knows you well is okay. 🙂
Post # 6
You girls must have been dreams to work with!
Post # 7
LOL, I don’t know about that. I sold two dress at davids bridal while I was there. They were so busy I just went and got a few dresses for two girls shopping together and they each bought them. The manager has offered me a job three times. LOL My consultant got the credit for the sale, don’t know what that means but yeah she was awesome and helping 6 girls at one time.
Post # 9
I went alone to almost every one of my 28 appointments! I was probably the easiest customer because I knew the dresses better than the consultants did after one point and I didn’t need the spiel, I knew exactly what I wanted and I was in and out of there in less than 45 min. (“No, already tried that Allure, oh no not the Sabelle, do you have somethink similar to Elle? No I don’t need a petticoat and don’t need a bra, and I can dress myself because I’m a pro at this by now – Thank you though, you’re very sweet!”)
Post # 10
I have been by myself most of the time and I prefer it. I haven’t bought a dress yet but going by myself helped me to really figure what kind of dress I LIKED and not what everyone else liked on me. 3 times I went with a family member or a friend (once was just a random “oh let’s go in here since we’re out shopping) and each time I went with other people, they pushed the dress they liked for me. It can be a nice gesture to include the people you love, but I highly recommend going by yourself at least to get a feel for what you like.
Post # 11
I’m going with my mom and sister but its pretty much like shopping alone because they are the least opinionated people I know…they think everything is pretty and looks good lol.
Post # 12
Don’t have my dress yet, been shopping off and on with groups from just me to about 3-4 and one time with 6 girls (which has by far been the best experience), when I finally buy, I plan to bring all the people who I want to see the dress which will be about 8 or 9 and if the consultant has a problem with that she can leave and I’ll find another place to purchase my dress. I understand the rant, anyone that watches SYTTD can see how groups cause problems, but I know what I want in a dress and in an experience and I want the whole group!
Post # 13
I went with just my mom and most of the other brides there came with just one person…
Post # 14
I’m glad I went with my two girlfriends instead of myself. I was waffling over the price and they were like “Please, you will never see anything more you than this. Just get it.” And I did. It is true love.
Post # 15
I personally have never gone with more than a handful of people, and even then it wasn’t intentional.
My first shopping experience was just with Maid/Matron of Honor, the second was supposed to be with my Out of Town bridesmaid but her sister wanted to come, so my little sister came along too. I also went by myself once, and then my most recent trip I visited Out of Town bridesmaid and went to a much larger store in her area. I found my dress there, but didn’t order it b/c it’s a 6 hour drive.
I’m going this weekend to a local salon to try the dress on again and order, and I’m just going with Maid/Matron of Honor. I’ve shown pictures to all the important people and they all said they like it, so there’s really no reason for me to bring an entourage.
Maid/Matron of Honor and I are going to have an all day “Lady Date” and I couldn’t be more excited to get to spend such an important day with my best friend.
Post # 16
I’m also a solitary dress shopper. Sadly, my sister and best friend, the only two people whose tastes I trust absolutely, live in other cities and can’t come dress shopping with me. I’ve been sending them pictures of the dresses I like and trying to make do that way.