Dress shopping without intentions to buy right away

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
3485 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Its actually a very intelligent way to approach this situation. I’m sure sales people are aware that not everyone will be purchasing or making a decision that day, you don’t owe them any commitments. 🙂 Go and try on everything! Even styles you think you would never wear. Great way to figure out what you feel most beautiful wearing and what compliments your figure. I went to four different shops and didn’t end up purchasing from any of them.

Post # 3
5131 posts
Bee Keeper

Your wedding isn’t that far off.  It is time to start trying on dresses to determine what style looks and feels best on you.  Looking at photos can only get you so far.  Get in those shops and start trying on!

Post # 4
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I totally did this!  I went to David’s and just tried on one dress in every silhouette.  When I figured out what silhouette worked on me, I chose dresses in that shape with different fabrics.  It was super helpful.  When I went to the bridal store for real, I knew exactly what I wanted.

Post # 5
1169 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

The salons I went to all treated me like this. I never felt pressured and could take my time. It’s very smart of you!

Post # 6
270 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

You should definitely go in and try on dresses, regardless of being able to buy righy away.  If you go to a good salon you should never feel pressured.  They are there to make this time less stressful for you. I went in and found my dress on the first shot, without having intentions of buying that day. I went in to try on dresses for a wedding show I was apart of that weekend and found my dress. I don’t get married until June of 2018 and have already put the deposit down and it’s been ordered 🙂

Post # 7
9471 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

It’s fine. They know they won’t make a sale on every appointment.

Post # 8
2128 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

kcoast :  Your wedding is coming up quicker than it seems! I’d start trying in dresses now. Davids bridal is a great place to start so you can try in every silhouette and get s sense of what looks good on your body. I didn’t feel pressured to buy at any store I went to. When I found the dress I KNEW!

Post # 9
469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

kcoast :  Hey bee!  On the contrary, I think it’s BEST to not rush to buy a dress at your first appointment.  On this board, so many bees have had dress regret from impulse purchasing.  It’s perfectly fine and expected to do some information gathering before committing to your dress.  As many have said before, finding the right wedding dress is like finding the right man…sometimes you gotta go through a lot of frogs before finding your prince(ss).

I actually found my dress during my first ever wedding dress appointment at the first bridal salon I visited.  However, I didn’t buy the dress until 3 months later, after I went to same the salon two more times to try more dresses, as well as 7 other salons.  The best bridal consultants build a relationship with you.  During those three months, the bridal consultant at the first salon kept in touch with me by email, checking in to see which dresses I was considering, and letting me know that the designer of my favorite dress was having a trunk show with a discount during the first weekend of November (which was when I bought the dress).

I do echo that it’s good to go to David’s Bridal to try on a bunch of different silhouettes.  I thought as a pear shape with giant hips that I should only consider A line or flowy skirts, but was pleasantly surprised to find that fit-and-flares were actually pretty flattering on me!  After that appointment, I began to try on more fit and flares and broadened my dress choices.  I ultimately went with an A line, but it was a very close call between another dress I loved that was a fit and flare.

I also echo that you actually don’t have a lot of time if you want a made-to-order dress (as opposed to a sample or something off the rack).  Many wedding dresses take 6-8 months for production, and you generally want to schedule at least 2 fittings for alterations several weeks before your wedding.

Post # 10
222 posts
Helper bee

I’d go to a wedding show/fair if I were you, they have stalls with a selection of loads of different dresses from a wide range of designers. You can try on there if you want but it’s a good opportunity to see in person tons of dress styles without visiting a million bridal salons. They have a far wider selection than just one shop would have.

Post # 11
5880 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

I agree with PP’s – you can absolutely try on without feeling badly that you aren’t planning to purchase.

I designed my dress and my mother, who used to be a wedding dress designer, made it for me. I knew I would not be buying a dress from a shop and I still went to try things on to get a sense of how things looked and felt on my body.

Post # 12
1355 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

Definitely! I went to a very nice bridal salon with some of my friends with no intention of buying a dress. I told the person helping me that I wanted to get an idea of what different styles looked like on me, so we all pulled dresses in different styles for me to try on. My friends and I agreed that a certain style looked best on me, and then I found a dress in that style online that I purchased. I felt absolutely no pressure at the bridal salon to buy a dress.

Post # 13
2022 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I’m not plannine on getting married till early 2018. I plan on going to look soon because I feel like my tastes are all over the board. I want to know what looks good, a price point I want to save for, and not to feel rushed. 

If they get upset, then I will not return when I am ready to buy. That’s on them, not me. 

Post # 14
2687 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

All the dress boutiques told me that its best to buy a dress a year to nine months in advance. So I would say this is definitely the time to start trying them on! Don’t worry about wasting the sales people’s time, they know full well that many appointments don’t lead to a sale. I went to one boutique where all the dresses were $6000 +, and the sales lady was absolutely lovely and never pressured me into anything (I did not mention that my budget was 500$ and I just went for fun and ideas!). So I would say start looking now! Who knows, maybe you will find ‘the one’ and come back for it in a few months when you’ve saved up! 🙂

Post # 15
226 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Psh, I went to try on dresses for fun because I was originally going to make my dress and I didn’t know what type I wanted.  (Then my mom and dad and I fell in love with a dress and bought it, but that’s besides the point). GO! Try on dresses, have some fun and don’t feel pressured to buy anything at any time.

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