(Closed) First Dress Shopping Experience tomorrow! ahhh!

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

No need to bring a robe, at least in my experience. I personally didn’t experience a single pushy consultant, most of them understood that it’s a big, important purchase and gave me only the information I asked for about the purchasing process.

I would be careful with the kind of spanx you get- mine have straps and it made some strapless dresses look weird. But I’m a total spanx newbie. 

Hope you have a great time! πŸ™‚ 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Have fun! Be open to whatever they bring you, even if you think you won’t like it! I was nervous about shopping so I went last August and ended up finding my dress, even though I did not think I would. I didn’t buy it until December – I think it was a good thing, I am sure it is the one. I suppose I could have gone to other places, but I really didn’t want to! You may find the one, but don’t feel pressure to buy it.

The dress shop I went to have a corset bra that they gave me to put on. I wouldn’t worry too much about undergramets to try dresses on, chances are the sample won’t be in your size anyway.

Post # 4
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Newbee

Don’t jump the gun – try on lots of styles & different shapes, they always look different on the hanger than on your body. Try not to be stubborn about the style you want too – I was set on an open back dress & ended up buying something totally different because it really flattered my shape/size. The samples usually aren’t nearly the right size, so special undergarments aren’t important. Save your money for when you decide on a dress & know exactly what you’ll need to wear underneath πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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L606:  How exciting! For me, the prospect of getting married became so much real as soon as I tried on dresses so enjoy the moment!

My advice will probably sound really contradictory so stick with me and I hope it will make sense! I walked in so certain that I was going to buy a lace dress with shoulders or sleeves, nothing too layered or big. I tried on a dress I saw looking through the racks just to reassure myself that I didn’t want a ballgown and guess what… that ballgown is the dress I chose! You might try on the dress you imagine you want in your head and it’ll be the dream dress but don’t be afraid to try on a mix of things and stray away from your planned dress style. If you fall in love with a dress that is the complete opposite of the idea you walked into the shop with, thats ok. My family were all shocked about mine and expressed concern that it was literally the opposite of what I had said I wanted but when I tried on what I thought I wanted, it actually didn’t give me the feeling I’d hope for. Im glad I tried on a variety.

HOWEVER (and this is where I may sound like I’m contradicting my last point) I wouldn’t advise you try on too many dreses in one session. I’ve been told by some people that after trying on a certain number of white dresses, they all seem to blur in to eachother and you will struggle to get excited about any of them. Its surprisingly exhausting trying on dresses!

Following on from my first point, I would say be willing to listen to your consultant. They do this every day and will probably know better than anyone in the world what will suit your figure. Obviously if you hate what they suggest, you should say no but if theres a chance you might like it, give it a go. The worst that could happen is you dont like it and it might hightlight exactly what you don’t like so you can avoid it in other dresses.

Similarly, if you know what you want stick to your guns and be persistant until you find the right one. If you try on a dress you hate, try to figure out what you hate about it to help narrow down your search. If you try something on and love a particular aspect of it, voice those feelings to your consultant so they can head in that direction with you.

Don’t worry that you’ll be pressured by your consultant. I have never heard of anyone I know being forced in to making decisions by the people in their store but I definitely went with some anxiety that they would get impatient with me if I couldn’t make my mind up or left without purchasing. Turns out there was no need at all. I was actually encouraged to ask questions, didn’t feel rushed at all so just remember, theyre there to give you all of the information you need and help you with one of the biggest purchases in your wedding planning.

I wouldn’t worry too much about underwear yet. I bought a white bra to go in and straight away, was told to whip it off so if you do buy anything for it, I wouldn;t spend too much on it.

I don’t know how your store will work but mine does in house alterations. I know this may sound really obvious but just incase, enquire about cost of alterations and make sure you factor this in to your budget.

On the topic of budget, if you have a rigid, non movable one, I would be clear about this and not try on anything over that price. You’ll only be disspointed if you love it and can’t purchase.

I hope you have great time! Its a very special thing to be part of so I hope your mum and SIL have a great day too and let us all know how you get on!

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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L606:  Wow! They’re both lovely but to be honest, the one you almost got (the pic with the veil) is miles ahead in my opinion! Absolutely beautiful!

There’s never any harm in shopping around, it’s a big decision to make and you have to be sure before committing but so nice to hear you all had a good day with family πŸ™‚

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

love dress #2 on you! 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

Dress 2 is my favorite! But I think dress 3 could look just as nice pulled tightly. So glad you had fun!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

 

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L606:  It looks so pretty! I’m glad you had such a good experience!

I ended up buying the 4th dress I tried on – I tried on a total of 5 and only went to one shop. This surprised me becuase I’m generally rather indecisive – but when you get that feeling (which for me wasn’t crying – it was the opposite, I just kept saying “holy f” the dress made me feel amazing) you just know.

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