(Closed) Dress Shopping Strategy?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
711 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Looked at a lot of dresses online and in magazines. Zeroed in on styles I liked (pickups at first, then it changed to fit and flare). Tried on a variety of styles. Obsess obsess obsess. Impulsively buy one. Fear I made a poor choice.

Hmm, maybe don’t try some of the last few strategies!

Post # 4
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

First: I went to DB and tried on every single style they had in my size. Realized I liked mermaid + lace.

Then, did some online searching. Make appointments at a few other places, and went in to try on dresses. Wrote down the ones I liked to see if any appeared used online.

While searching for said used dresses on Ebay, saw a picture a dress maker in China was passing off as their own. Jaw dropped. Instant love. Figured out who actually made the dress.

Spent the next…2 months…trying to find a cheaper dress that I really loved. Nope. Had to find the one. Took about 1 more month of calling every single place in NYC and nearby areas to find a sample to try on. Found it. Loved it even more in person. Done.  

Post # 6
1020 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

i am having major commitment issues when it comes to my dress. i’ve gone to three shops and had a lady say ‘you have to stop trying dresses on and just pick one because you are confusing yourself!” um, apparently she doesn’t know how i work. i need to try on everything that i could possibly like. i don’t care if it takes another two months. once i have ALL of my options, i will be able to make a decision. until that point, i just need to shop, try more on, and write down my favorites. i understand this method annoys people, but this is what works for me.

Post # 7
5 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

You are so right! You are the one wearing the dress.  You have to just know it when you find it.  I am still looking as well and will not settle due to other people’s opinions. I say try on until your heart is content, after all this is the wedding dress you will be wearing forever in all of your wedding portraits!

Post # 8
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I looked around online first to get an idea of designers that I liked and specifics of style (lace vs. organza, A-line vs. fit and flare, sweetheart neckline, no pickups, etc.) Then I would go in and say I want “a, b, and c”. I definitely DON’t want “x, y, and z”, BUT I’m open to try “1, 2, and 3”.

Making lists or compiling a dress collage helped keep me organized and helped communicate my likes/dislikes to a consultant.

I tried to keep my options open though. There were a few specifics I wouldn’t deviate from. (Like I HAD to have a sweetheart neckline), but I was open enough to end up loving an A-line whereas I thought I would have had a mermaid style.



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