(Closed) Dress Shopping Tips…

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
261 posts
Helper bee

wear your makeup & style your hair, doesnt have to be like you’ll want it on your wedding day but it’ll help pull things together if your enot rocking a ponytail.  


wear a bra that will work for anything, like strapless or one with detachable straps, or even a sticky bra.  


bring heels, either what you will be wearing or a few heights to get an idea of how it’ll fit with heels


bring any accessories you feel are a MUST to see how theyd fit in

Post # 3
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Don’t wear hot pink underwear like I did!! Wear nude seamless panties, or even spanx if you want a more form fitted dress. Drink plenty of water and make sure you eat something even if it is light, it is EXHAUSTING trying on dresses. 

Post # 4
815 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Surprisingly my advice would be to go alone at least once. I wanted to go with others because I wished for the other opinions and I felt awkward going to a bridal salon alone (silly, I know). But I ended up finding “the one” when I went alone.

I was so much more productive when I shopped alone in figuring out what I wanted. SO MUCH MORE. I didn’t even have a bad experience shopping with others with loud opinions or anything. I think it was because I didn’t feel the need to put on a show and could quickly hone in on what I liked and disliked. I was able to spend less focus on having this big cathartic moment with my friends/family and more engery on talking with the consultant and efficiently narrowing down my choices.

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by  freshflowers.
Post # 5
328 posts
Helper bee

MrsDunbar2Be:  I would definitely say, do your hair and makeup. It doesn’t have to be crazy fancy, just enough so it looks nice with the beautiful gowns you’ll be trying on! Also, I’d heavily recommend going on the website of the salon you’re going to and writing down style numbers you’re interested in trying on. Go on with a list of your top 6 or 7, and begin there!

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Post # 6
165 posts
Blushing bee

1) do lots and lots of research! Know what you want and what you don’t want. (Can be changed, but having an idea is good)

2) wear heels that are a height you’re comfortable standing in all night. If you can’t wear 5″ heels, don’t wear them to try on dresses! It won’t mimic how you’ll look day of.

3) (This is what i regretted:) Bring multiple accessories!! 1 long necklace, 1 short, 1-2 bracelets, earrings, be prepared to put your hair up or down…. These little details REALLY transform an outfit. 

Post # 7
12 posts

don’t be afraid to try on something different then what you Were originally thinking of. Ask the person dressing yiu fir recommendations, they have seen a ton of brides in a ton of gowns . 

Post # 8
688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

How exciting! I agree with PP. I had my first dress shopping experience two weeks ago and was pretty anxious about it but I loved it. I didn’t end up buying but it was so useful. 

About the make up and hair : yes definitely do this. Don’t wear too much foundation though, you don’t want to leave stains on those pristine white dresses. I did put my hair up the way i want at my wedding (but just with a simple hair clip), and it really helped me envision. They also jacked me up for two dresses with a veil and fake bouquet and that certainly helped me feel really bridal. It’s such a strange sensation to realize youre an actual bride. In a good way though. 

Even though I didn’t find THE dress I know I will now. There was one dress where I seriously felt my body warm up and I started to glow. I could just see it right there in the dressing room already when she put it on. In the end it was totally my dream dress but at least now I know I definitely respond to dresses and should rely on my gut feeling. That was a super helpful experience. 

I Also learned to a) listen to the consultant. She made me try on dresses that I would never pick (and still wouldn’t style wise because it just isn’t me), yet they looked super flattering on my body. Even that is worth trying them on because it gave me a major boost that I can look good in a wedding dress. 

But b) I also realized it’s good to speak up about things you DON’T like. I don’t like corset backs and I was afraid to tell her that because it felt so specific (didn’t want to come off bridezilla-ish) but when she put me in the third corset back dress I felt like I had to speak up or it wouldn’t be a very useful appointment and a waste of both our time. I’m glad I did because now I got to see buttons on my back which is something I love in theory but also realized I love in reality. Don’t be afraid to speak up. This is your time. 

About the undergarments: based on advice here I went out to purchase a good strapless bra and Spanx, however it wasn’t needed at all as the store had everything for me right there. I would check with your local store to see what they advise as this may be different everywhere. 


All in all I had a super good experience simply because I was open-minded and didn’t feel the rush to purchase just yet and even though the sales lady was a bit pushy at the end I managed to stay put and told her it wasn’t the one yet. I’m happy to go again next Friday to a different story though. Once again, listening to my gut feeling to try on more.  


Have a great time! 


Post # 9
773 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

Take water. Maybe a granola bar or other snack, too. But most of all, take water with you. It was way more tiring than I had thought it would be, and I am so grateful my Mother-In-Law brought water.

Post # 10
79 posts
Worker bee

I definetely agree with the other girls dress shopping is exhausting. But I have to add if you plan on getting a spray tan for your wedding day make sure you get one for dress shopping. A good bra is key, bring your spanx, nude underwear, heels in the height you plan on wearing and any accessories you’ve already chosen. Also don’t get frustrated if it takes a few trips to find the dress. I never thought I would have that moment where I was certain I had my dress until I had it. I would suggest you be open to trying different dress styles too, you’ll be suprised how much you like things you thought you would look terrible in.

Post # 11
179 posts
Blushing bee

Wow, I didn’t really do any of the things PPs are recommending and I think my appointments were great!  I did wear my hair and makeup like normal and I would recommend decent undies (I forgot about that for one appointment and had some not-so-nice ones on and felt embarrassed!), but the salon I went to advises against shapewear for some reason and I don’t remember using the strapless bra I brought at all, mainly because I’m not really busty and the salon prefers to sew in cups when possible. Most of the dresses I tried on were super big/long and wearing heels without falling would not have been an option. I do agree to eat something light, though, and be hydrated. I’d call the salon and see what they recommend, because it seems that a lot of places give different advice. Have fun!!

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