(Closed) First Dress Shopping Appointment Booked!! Any Suggestions/Tips?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Just my opinion but I would suggest:

Don’t try on dresses that are more than your budget because you probably will like them more

Don’t get a dress you have to make a lot of changes to in order to like it because you might not be happy when all is done

Do take pictures of you in dresses even if they won’t let you (shut the door). They all start to look the same after awhile if you try on a lot

Post # 4
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4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Don’t try on dresses out of your budget!

Wear undergarments you’re comfortable being seen in (the consultant will get up close and personal getting you into gowns!).

Try to take pictures even if they don’t allow it.

Try on loads of different styles, even if you think you know what you want.

Have fun!!!

Post # 5
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6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Since you are bringing people, my biggest piece of advice is to decide if YOU like it before showing everyone else. And if it’s your dream dress and makes you feel beautiful, don’t be discouraged by anyone elses comments or lack of enthusiasm. It may not be their style, but that doesn’t matter!

Post # 6
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1871 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Wear proper undergarmets (like a strapless bra that fits)

Have a sense of humor. Some of those dresses will make you look like a crazy person on 🙂

Post # 7
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690 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I wore a strapless nude-colored bra and matching panties for my visits and they blended in well with all of the dresses I tried on.

Also, don’t forget to stick with what you love! Your mom or sister may love a dress on you, but if you aren’r feeling it, keep looking!

Post # 8
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2321 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Try on every single style (A-line, trumpet, dropped waist, princess, etc.) and all different shades. You never know what would be the MOST flattering on you until you try it!

Definitely do not ‘waste’ time trying on dresses outside of your budget. Also ask if alternations are included. (Some stores do have this.)

The whole picture taking thing is a huge ‘no-no’ as far as I know. Which sucks! But like PPs said, try to sneak in a few. Some clerks can be such jerks! For example:

I went to try on a dress from a second hand dress shop. I asked the clerk if we could take pictures. She said no. I asked why. And she answers, “you can only take pictures after you have bought the dress.” WTF? Yell And when she saw the strange look on my face, she added, “…it’s because if you are not buying it then it is someone else’s dress. They wouldn’t want you to take pictures in THEIR wedding dress!” Umm what?! This is a SECOND HAND dress! Someone already wore it to begin with!

There was a long silence after that and then I walked out. I mean, if you are going to come up with a lie, at least make a good one! Gaa! So also be prepared for some sheer stupidity… Tongue out

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Most of the stores I went to didn’t allow pics until you’d bought the dress either. It’s mostly because, I think, they don’t want you to get high-quality enough photos of the dress to be able to take it to an outside seamstress and have them replicate that.  But I think that’s pretty stupid–you can find images of pretty much every wedding dress online and this wonderful feature called “zoom” exists.  If you really are being so anal about your dress that you need fifty images of it for your seamstress to replicate it properly…then you’d probably just go with the original, no?  I don’t know.  I just think it’s really silly.  I tried on a million wedding dresses and have very few images of me in any of them.  So definitely try to get photos of as much as you can–I don’t think you’re doing anything unethical, it just seems like an antiquated or senseless rule (I’m not really sure how old it is–if it pre-dated the expansion of the internet to its current state, maybe that’d make sense).  It may have just been because I was looking A LOT for an entire year, but all the dresses definitely started to look the same to me after a while.  Even the dress I was in love with for months and months began to look like everything else.  It causes a lot of trouble!

Post # 11
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89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My advice is go in with an idea of what you want or don’t want so the store can help you find the perfect dress, but don’t be too upset if you don’t find it the first try.  Bring heels so you can see the flow of the dress (most places have spares, but not in every shoe size) and most importantly have FUN with it!

Post # 11
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89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My advice is go in with an idea of what you want or don’t want so the store can help you find the perfect dress, but don’t be too upset if you don’t find it the first try.  Bring heels so you can see the flow of the dress (most places have spares, but not in every shoe size) and most importantly have FUN with it!

Post # 12
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713 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Like everyone said… wear the right heels and underwear. Bring in a couple of pictures (not too many though!!) Tell your family & friend what you’re looking for. That way you’ll (hopefully) be on the same page!

Something I wish I would have done… do your hair nice! I just had mine in a plain ponytail (and think I may have skipped washing it that day!) I definitely felt that I looked gross in a nice dress! I’ll put on more makeup and do my hair for my first fitting. You’ll feel prettier and more special I think.

Good luck! Most importantly – have fun!

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Try on what you like at each shop but also keep an open mind to suggestions

I went with my Mum and three bridesmaids the first time and I thought it was really nice. But this Saturday gone I went with my just my Mum and to be honest I enjoyed it more, it was much calmer and relaxed and my Mum felt more involved. I’m lucky where I actually trust my Mum’s opinions more than my friends.

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