(Closed) Dress shopping tomorrow at noon – what should i expect at first appointment ?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I walked in with no idea of what I wanted and I told the bridal attendant exactly that – she pulled a variety of dresses she thought would look good on me.  A lot of they styles did look great and I would have never tried them on if it wasn’t for her.  I also loved that she was in the background the entire time not overbearing and offering all the right answers when we had questions.  I must have tried on at 20 dresses that day.  It was the 2nd to last that I fell in love with!!  I chose my top three, slept on it for a couple weeks, went back with my bestfriend of 15 years and still was in love with same one so I ordered it then.

I think most bridal shops are super helpful, they have been doing this for a while so they should be able to help you out!

Good luck!

Post # 5
8695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Dont let them pressure you!!!!!!!

Be open to what your consultant picks out. Trust me, I never in a million years would’ve picked out my dress!

wear comfy clothes that are easy to get in and out of

dont feel uncomfortable but, yes, they will see you in your bra and undies. I lost 123lbs so I have extra skin and all types of stuff going on so I felt very awkward the first time.

look at some dresses beforehand to have an idea of what you like

know your budget

bring undergarments if you wear them (many bridal shops have them though)

Post # 7
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

For your first shopping experience, try on a variety of dresses, and don’t let someone talk you into buying a dress on your first trip! Even if it is THE DRESS, you need to think about it a bit, and you may even want to go out shopping a few more times for fun.

You being undressed varies from shop to shop. Two places I went, the consultant came in the dressing room with me and saw me in my undies. I wore conservative undergarments and didn’t feel like they were looking at me, ha. They helped me get into the dresses and “presented” me to my group for each dress. One place had a screen for me to get undressed and change into the dress behind, and then I came out and they clipped it. I went with a friend to her David’s Bridal appointment, and she dressed herself in the dressing room and the consultant clipped the dress when she came out (and I helped out a lot, too, since the consultants help multiple brides at the same time).

I also wore nice makeup and clipped my hair up to feel more bridal while trying on dresses. Take as many pictures as you can (front, back, close up of bodice) to help you make a decision later on. Have a great time!!

Post # 8
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Congratulations! You’ll have so much fun!

One thing I wished I had done was told my first dress consultant my budget up front (I was put in a dress that was too much, and fell in love with it but had to put it out of the running because of the price). Also, I wished x100000 that I told my first shop that I wasn’t planning on buying something that day. If you are planning on buying tomorrow, then great! But I wanted a second or two to think about it, and I think most brides do want at a least a little time away from the salon to think about this large-ish purchase.  Also, when I found a dress I loved, they started putting shoes and headbands and veils and add-on straps on me and it just flat-out almost gave me a panic attack. So, yes, stay relaxed, be honest with the consultant, and stop them from “jacking you up” with a veil and all the do-dads before you’re absolutely sure that the dress is a contender.

And you can have the entire dang bridal party in the dressing room if you can fit them and want them there if you want. So, you can definitely have your Maid/Matron of Honor be there.

Also, the state of undress varies from salon to salon. At one salon I was pretty much naked in front of the consultant, but it sort of felt like going to the doctor – wasn’t awkward at all. It felt more like, “You go to do what you got to do” sort of mentality. 🙂 However, feel free to let them know if you ever feel uncomfortable. First and foremost, you should have a good time shopping.

Have a BLAST tomorrow!

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