(Closed) Dress shopping tips

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
9521 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Bring heels the height you expect to wear at the wedding, a strapless bra, patience, water and maybe a glass of champange first. Consultants are used to brides not making up their mind. Don’t worry about it.

Uusually bridesmaid dresses are purchased after, not during the wedding dress shopping

Post # 3
2039 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I went to five places and revisited two of them before deciding on my dress! It’s a big decision so you want to be sure.

Don’t worry about the bridesmaids dresses until after you have yours. It will only stress you out.

My biggest tip is to keep an open mind, try on all the silhouettes and styles. You never know what’s going to look good on you! And make sure you have water with you and you’ve eaten beforehand 🙂

Post # 4
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I visited a total of four places. One day, just my mom and I went to two consignment shops. They were really nice and great about giving me space and they had some good deals! Then I took my mom and Maid of Honor to a big company and it was nice to see all the different dresses there, as they had so many, but I felt very pressured l choose one that day. Ultimately, I fought against the pressure and did not buy one from them. The last place I went was a smaller boutique. They were very pricey and really wanted to make a sale, but they were also the most helpful, recommending different things and finding the right dress for my body. In the end, I ended up buying my dress off craigslist and I don’t regret it one bit. It was the greatest decision I ever made!

Also, I recommend getting your dress first. You may not pick your dress out the first day, and your style may completely change over the course of looking. Mine definitely did. I started looking for simple, straight dress, then I fell in love with the lace. I ended up getting a ball gown with a ton of bling and pearls. What would have matched the dress I thought I wanted, definitely won’t match my dress now. I actually was going with a rustic theme, and I changed the whole thing based on my dress.

Post # 5
954 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I was nervous so I went way early to one shop, ended up finding my dress that day, but I did not purchase it until 4 months later. I think the time was good – I was certain it was my dress. I never went to any other places to try other dresses on (I tried on a total of 5 dresses) – I would look through the Knot look book, but nothing compared to my dress, so I knew it was the one. 

As far as tips, try on a bunch of different styles to see what you want. I looked and looked online before my appointment and was certain I wanted an a line, I ended up with a fit and flare-ish dress they pulled for me. 

I don’t think you need to bring a strapless bra, the dress shop I went to provided one for me. 

Do you hair and makeup – even if it is not how it is going to be for your wedding, it will give you a more accurate view of how it will look. It drives me crazy when I see people here who post pictures of them trying on dresses and it looks like they just came from the gym. 

Bring as few people as possible. In the end, the only opinion that matters is yours anyway. 

Don’t worry about Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses – you are there for you. You can do Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses a different day and usually a little later. 


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