(Closed) Dress Shopping this Weekend – Advice?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
924 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Most of my appointments lasted about an hour, but it depends on where you go. I went to AA and DB – both forced me to share a consultant with someone else and they only pulled dresses that I requested. I went to another boutique where I had my own consultant, but the place was completely mobbed. I was super unhappy with the situation. The next place – a small boutique and they only do one appointment at a time. It was awesome! I ended up buying my dress there. I guess it really comes down to what you are looking for in an experience. 

Post # 4
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Wear proper undergarments!  I totally forgot (a few times) and wore a thong which was kind of awkward when the consultant was helping my bare ass into a wedding dress.  Wear a strapless bra too!  If you’re going to wear your hair up for the wedding day, I’d at least put it in a bun so that you can kind of see the whole look – very helpful if you’re going to buy a veil too.


Also, I’d bring water, it gets really hot changing in and out of all those dresses.  

Post # 5
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

My advice would be to arrive 15-20 minutes early for your appointment so you can browse the dresses yourself and pick ones you actually want to try on.  Otherwise, if you arrive right on time, you’re cutting into your appointment time and you feel rushed trying to grab dresses and the consultant starts picking dresses for you.   

I also second the wear proper undergarments!  The changing rooms are usually only closed off by a drape, so it’s pretty easy for others to see in to the room. 


Post # 8
2566 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

ooo I’m posting to follow, I’m going shopping for the first time this weekend also.  I’m not gonna lie, I am nervous.  I think once I’ve tried on at least one that I look ok in I’ll enjoy myself ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
512 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

great tips so far! keep ’em coming ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
748 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I haven’t gone yet, but from my friends I’ve heard to do yourself up a bit. Like do your hair & your makeup, because you’ll feel more confident and that will help you feel better when you’re trying on dresses. You’ll get more of a feel for the real deal.

Post # 11
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@kat912:  i’m sure i won’t be the only one to say this, but be very open minded and don’t stick to a certain style or material just because of your initial preferences. you might be surprised with what you like best when you’re actually wearing it – that’s what happened to me ๐Ÿ™‚ try on dresses that when you see them on the hanger you think, “not at all what i’m envisioning” – do it for fun, do it so you can know for sure you don’t like the style on you, and do it just in case you fall in love with the unexpected!

Post # 12
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Appointments usually last 1 to 1.5 hours and usually in that time you will try on 5-8 dresses. My biggest tip is dont say yes to the dress at the moment, always sleep on your decision. So many women get caught up in the moment (I totally did) and say yes only to find a few hours or days later they regretted the decision. So if you dont have to rush to buy a dress, I say take your time. On the other hand, trying on too many dresses (for example 50) could also make you more confused and mesh all the dresses together.

Keep an open mind, but also try to go into the appointment with some idea of what you want…For example, I knew i did not want a satin/tafetta dress, so the consultant brought lace, tulle, and organza fabric dresses. I would def try on different shapes. Most of us go in thinking we know exactly what we want and come out with something different.

Good Luck!

Post # 13
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013 - old cheese factory

@kat912:  yes do your hair and make-up. but wear it down and bring a hair tie to tie it back to see what you like better. bring only the people you trust and have the same taste as you. i almost got suckered into buying a dress from the 80’s (yes poofy sleeves gathered pleated waist and all) i wanted to die but i didnt want to tell my mom and Future Mother-In-Law that i HATED it infront of the lady who owned the little shop. i said i wanted to go for a walk and think about it…. i burst into tears once we steped outside pleading for them to not make me buy it. so with that said if you do bring people who are going to try and push you one way or another be strong to say how you feel. its your dress not theirs. they got to pick theirs out so you should pick yours. bring a camera (i know some places wont let you take pics but us on the BEE would like to see the dresses you tried on lol)

so have fun, be stong in your choices, and take lots of pics for us ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
38 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

Don’t be afraid to say you don’t like things and don’t be afraid to leave a shop that’s not treating you the way you want to be treated.  Your first meeting is refelctive of how they will be to work with and dress buying is more than a one time deal.

Post # 15
923 posts
Busy bee

I had my first appointment today, and I had an awesome time! I went to a small bridal shop and it was amazing. since pretty much all of the dresses were in my price range (which was under 2K, and they only had a few over that) i the consultant had me look around and pull 3 dresses that I liked and then had my sister and friend each choose one, and she grabbed a couple. I tried on a bunch of different styles and as we were figuring out what styles I liked best she pulled more. I probably tried on 10 dresses and the appointment was around an hour and a half. I did put on makeup ( which I normally don’t wear on a weekday)because I wanted to look decent and I brought a strapless bra with me but she told me it was better to try on the dresses braless because they were supportive enough without one, which to my great suprise was true and I’m a 32F! Also I wore a thong but I have no shame and I’m sure all the consultants at any bridal shop are used to seeing a lot of lady bits. I was super tired  and ravenous after so make sure you are well fed and hydrated!

Post # 16
550 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Do NOT rush your final decision!!! Choosing a dress is your heirloom to the family and will be looked at for years to come. Make sure you are confident and sure in your decision. Also, be sure you feel, look, and glow amazingly!!! You will know when you have found the right dress!!!

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