(Closed) First dress appointment this Saturday – what did you do your first time??

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@UKbee:  beach bride over here as well!

I did a lot of research online first, I used theknot.com’s dress finder tool and I found that helped a lot in terms of style and budget. I started with a handful of dresses that the store had in stock, and then went with any suggestions the consultants had for me.  I think I visited about 6 stores total and tried on about 30 dresses, but because I went alone most of the time it was easier for me to decide whether or not I liked a dress just based on what I saw in the mirror 🙂 

When I went to the last salon, I had a list of 10 dresses written down, but the first one I tried was THE one and I threw the list away immediately haha


Post # 4
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Have a firm budget! And if there is something that is a definite NO (like strapless or excessive beading), say so… You’re allowed to say no to dresses the consultant brings you. 

Post # 5
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted, which was big poofy ballgown. I knew I loved tulle as well.

I did try on a few other dresses that weren’t ballgowns, but I didn’t try on anything that was mermaid or trumpet as I just don’t have the body for them.

I also asked them specifically to only bring me dresses that were within my price range [under $1200]. I didn’t want to fall in love with a dress that I would go over budget on.

Post # 6
1649 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I tried on a ton of different styles and fabrics. I also asked them not to bring anything over my budget. 

just go in there and have some fun the first time around!

Post # 7
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@UKbee:  my very first appointment was with my friends. I knew I wouldn’t be buying without my mum, so that meant it was very low pressure to find “the one” and I just wanted to try on lots of different things. I picked out 6 dresses in the shop that were as different from each other as possible in terms of shape and fabric, etc. As it happened, the dress I bought was the 3rd one I tried on, and I only tried it because it was a “wild card” so to speak!

Post # 9
1120 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@UKbee:  I very highly recommend that you tell them your budget range straight off the bat. It’s better being directed towards the discount rack (which happened in my case!) than trying something on and falling in love with it, only to find that it’s $3000 more than you are willing to pay. You won’t be able to stop thinking of that dress that you can never have and that would suck!

Post # 10
839 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@UKbee:  I would recommend trying on different styles. I took pics with me of dresses I wanted to try on and my consultant picked some out for me to try based on what I told her I did and didn’t like. I tried on natural waist, drop waist, fit and flare , ball gown, and Aline Dresses. I looked awful in natural waist dresses! I thought I would look terrible in a fit and flare, but I actually looked amazing in it.

I would suggest setting a budget and letting your consultant know what that is. Never try on any dress way over your budget because you dont want to fall in love with it because nothing will compare to that dress.

If you have a strapless bra I would bring that as well. I was very surprised I choose a dress so fast. I’m usually very indecisive and have to think about something for a while before I make a final decision. I really wanted to look at every single dress in the store and try lots more on, but I knew that just wasn’t possible. Lol Just relax and have fun. Good Luck!

Post # 11
1077 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Greenbrier Country Club

I tried on dresses in different styles to see how I looked in them. I also showed my consultant pictures of dresses that I liked. Lastly, I asked her to pull a dress or two that she thought I would look good in. 
It was a great first appointment. 🙂 

Post # 12
1671 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

@UKbee:  I brought in photos of dresses I was interested in with the style numbers (most of the designers were at the shop). I tried on different styles (I used to work in clothing so it is important to know to keep an open mind because you don’t know until the dress is on your body). The consultant I had was really great – she knew what I liked, it seemed. Try on things you don’t think you’ll like because, again, it may be the most unlikely dress. Ooh, and wear a strapless bra. And be sure to know what your budget is. I also suggest just bringing very supportive people but those that will offer some sort of opinion. Most of all: have fun!

Post # 13
2587 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

@UKbee:  I found it really helpful have the people who came with me to pick a dress or two for me to try on, that way I got to try on styles I wouldn’t necessarily have picked myself.

Post # 14
1095 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Wear a strapless bra or convertiable bra that you can switch around. and eat a good meal before you go. I would pick out what you want first, then see if she has any ideas because you never know!! you may end up falling in love with something you didn’t think you liked.


Post # 15
164 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Staying within budget is a definite.  I’d keep an open mind when trying on dresses.  I thought I was too hippy to wear anything but an A-line or ball gown, turns out fit and flare was much more va va while the other shapes just felt wrong!   While you should give your consultant some tips about your likes/dislikes, the first time around should be all about exploring your options so you can start to narrow your search.  Have fun!!

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