(Closed) First time dress hunt, nervous…

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
853 posts
Busy bee

Ohhhh, I wish my dress shopping weren’t over! It’s so fun; you’re going to have a blast! My advice is to go in with an open mind. It’s good to have ideas about what you would like to try, but oftentimes you will find a dress or a style that you hadn’t considered before looks FABULOUS. Don’t get too stressed about it, have fun and enjoy the experience. When you put on a wedding dress for the first time, it’s hard not to be giddy! πŸ™‚

Post # 4
1438 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Just have fun!! Oh try on dresses that you would never think of wearing, you will be surprised what you end up likeing

Post # 5
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Enjoy the hunt!  My first appointment was also at David’s Bridal and I went knowing that I would not find the one but with an open mind.  I eneded up seeing everything I liked on me and then going from there.  It turns out that I changed my mind on what “the one” was just by seeing the dresses and pictures.


One tip:  tell the lady your price range.  I say it because I said I was open to anything and she was bringing me dresses that were over my range (I had a small dress budget).  

Post # 6
1695 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Just dont stress too much.  You won’t necessarily find your dress on the first time out.  Don’t feel pressured to buy if you aren’t ready!  And have a great time!!!  πŸ™‚

Post # 7
871 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Ask if you can take photos to send to your Maid/Matron of Honor overseas (wink wink) *some places don’t allow photography but if you plead with them they might let you and you can see how you look later and make a decision.

Post # 8
3000 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

How exciting! Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your experience:

– Wear comfortable shoes that are easy to get on/off

– Wear undergarments you might wear under a formal gown (thong, bring a strapless bra in case, etc.)

– KNOW your budget beforehand (and if you’re comfortable raising it if you find “the one”)

– Know that you absolutely do NOT have to get your dress there that day. You have a long time before your wedding and certainly enough time to do a lot of dress shopping to make sure you find the right one

– Bring a hair tie or hair clip to put your hair up

– Bring water! Shopping always makes me dehydrated

– Trust the feedback and opinions from the people joining you that day, but know that the only opinion that REALLY matters is your own – if you find a dress you are in love with but your mom likes one better, stick with your gut instinct.


Hope you have fun! πŸ™‚


Post # 10
6512 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Davids actually has no probelms with pictures, which is nice!  Not every store allows them, which I find silly.  They do make you work with a consultant thought, but for the most part it was my Maid/Matron of Honor helping me zip up dresses and stuff.   You also get to look through the racks yourself if you want.

Post # 11
301 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I just recently went dress shopping for the first time and I agree with you, it’s nerve wracking! I found that I was starting to sweat and almost had a panic attack before trying on the first dress, but once I got into it and saw myself I started to get over it haha. Definitely take some deep breaths and savor the moment!

The best tips I appreciated were the following:

-Wear a strapless bra.

-Try on as many silouettes as possible. All of the dresses that I fell in love with online were ball gowns or A-lines, but I actually found that I really loved the way the mermaid silouette looked on me. I’m quite petite, and most of the ballgowns seemed to swallow me up, so trying a more fitted dress seemed only natural.

-Never count anything out until you try it on! Most important tip by far. The last dress I tried on I let the attendant pick it out for me, my only request was that it was a mermaid fit. I would NEVER have picked the dress she brought me had I just seen it on the hanger. It had a pleated satin sweetheart neckline with a jeweled sash and then where it flares out it was RUFFLES. I had told her at the beginning of the appointment that I hate ruffles, but for the sake of the silouette I figured I’d try it. I ended up LOVING the dress, and find that I can’t stop thinking about it. My cousin also said beforehand that she hated beading and sequins and fell in love with a dress that had a fully beaded torso. Even if you hate something be open to trying lots of different things on, you may end up finding your dress!

-If doing your makeup and wearing a cute hairstyle is in the cards I’d say go for it. I went with really messy hair and minimal makeup and found that I actually wished I had prettied up a little more for the occasion to get a glimpse of the full picture. But that was just a little something that I thought about while standing up on that pedestal lol. 

-HAVE FUN. Don’t stress if you don’t find your dream dress. Just get into the spirit of things and relish in the fact that you’re the bride-to-be and getting to try on all these beautiful dresses!  πŸ™‚

Let us know how it goes!

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