Post # 1
I’ve never been into a bridal store in my life! My mama’s wedding dress from her first marriage was handmade and her second was a dress she bought from her favourite clothing store – and both of my bridesmaids haven’t gone wedding dress shopping yet (we’re all engaged haha) so I literally have no idea what to expect, and I’m kinda scared that I’ll end up hating the experience, or I won’t find anything….
So what do I need to bring? What can I do to prepare myself?
Post # 2
Bring heels and appropriate undergarments if you have them. If you have a pintrest board or simply magazine cutouts of dresses you like bring those too. It will help the stylist to know what you like. She will pick a few, see how you react and go from there. Good luck!
Post # 3
Water! Make sure you eat before hand too. They put a lot of layers on you (corset bra and underskirt) so I was really hot by the end. It’s also surprisingLy exhausting. I didn’t realize it until we were leaving though.
I enjoyed it at lot more than I expected though. It was really fun getting dressed up and feeling pretty and having everyone tell you that.
my lady made me decide after each dress if I liked that one best or my previous favorite dress best to help me keep narrowing it down. i think by the time I was trying on my last dress I had 4 favorites. Luckily the last dress I tried on was hands down my favorite.
Post # 4
i would suggest going in with an open mind. Don’t have your heart set on something. I say that because I always wanted a ballgown, the bigger the better, I had saved a bunch of pictures on my phone of the dresses I wanted to try on, and I did, and guess what, it did not flatter me at all. There are some brides who look amazing in their dream dress and some (me) don’t. I ended up in a dress that I would have never picked out for myself.
I would bring a pair of heels that are similar to the height you want to wear for that day. I know some brides like a high heel, I opted for something more comfortable like a 3 inch heel. If you have shapewear to bring that would be helpful too
Post # 5
I was feeling like you too: scared that it would be a terrible experience and I would be crying in the dressing room or something! It ended up being great and I found my dress. Like PP said, definitely bring heels if that’s what you plan on wearing. I wore a white strapless bra but they ended up giving me a long bra to wear when trying on dresses and it was way better. They will also “jack you up” (have you seen Say Yes to the Dress? haha) with a veil and jewlery and stuff so you can get an idea of the total look. Have your friends take pictures of you in EVERYTHING! Pictures help a lot, especially when trying to decide between 2 or 3. Also, I went in to the store thinking I wanted a lace sheath gown and that’s exclusively what I tried on. After hating 8-9 dresses I started to feel like it wasn’t going to work out, but then I decided to try on a few dresses of different styles and I walked out with a tulle ballgown that I completely fell in love with! What you like on the internet/in bridal magazines may be different from what you like on YOU, so stay open-minded. Have fun!
Post # 6
Thank you for the tips! I’m a big water drinker anyway so that won’t be a problem 🙂
Post # 8
I was really nervous before my first appointment. I brought a strapless bra but ended up not needing it, because they just folded the straps on my regular bra down. I also didn’t bring heels, but I’m 5’9 so I didn’t need to add height so much. It’s OK to be overwhelmed for the first appointment! I was super overwhelmed for a good bit of mine! By my second appointment I felt a lot less stressed and was able to enjoy it more in the moment.
Anyway, I’d bring heels and a strapless bra. Make sure to eat something before you go, you don’t want to be super hungry while trying to make a decision. And just try not to put a ton of pressure on yourself about any of it. Oh, and take lots of pictures (if the salon allows it)!
Post # 9
Drink water and bring snacks…bring any undergarments you’ve purchased to see how they fit with the dress, even though they’ll have them there too…bring a pair of heels, any heels, that are close to the height heel you have in mind, even though you really don’t need THE heels until you start fittings…bring people that will support you and make it fun, but won’t drive you crazy…have pictures saved of dress “ideas”, but don’t have your heart set and be open minded..I hated every dress that I had “pinned” when I actually tried them on, but I didn’t let it discourage me..and most importantly, HAVE FUN!!! 🙂
Post # 10
I can’t second this enough! I thought I wanted a sexy sheath dress and no way did that work for me. The last thing I wanted was a “boring A-line.” Uh, that’s what I ended up with. And it’s far from boring! For me, A-line fit my figure the best.
Keep in mind what style your wedding will be. Super fancy ball room style, outdoor barn style, destination beach style, etc. You get the picture. You want your dress to somewhat match the style of wedding you are having, but sometimes, the dress is the dress. Do you like flowy, fitted, tulle, lace, glitz? Have an idea of what you want for a starting point, but try on everything that is brought to you. You never know what you might find.
Post # 12
Thank you so much for all the advice! Hopefully everything will run smoothly 🙂 I shall report back soon!! haha 🙂
Post # 13
You will find your perfect dress.
Post # 14
Omg, have so much fun tomorrow!!! I absolutely loved my dress shopping experience and lucked out and found something right away (I went to three bridal salons, but found my dress at the first one). My best advice is try on everything at the beginning! Try on so many silhouettes, and ones that you wouldn’t necessarily see yourself in. You’ll likely soon figure out what looks best on you and what you’re liking the most. In terms of what to bring or wear, just wear nude coloured panties if you have them. I didn’t need a bra or anything at any of my appointments, as each place had one for me and I was fine with wearing theirs. I also didn’t bother with shoes. I only put on shoes when I was super keen on a dress (the salon gave me some Jimmy Choos, which were much nicer than the heels I would have brought!), as putting on shoes while wearing a wedding gown is a lot of work! Hope you have so much fun and take tons of pictures!!!