Post # 1
My mom just set up an appointment at Davids bridal for 11am on the 7th of July. I am getting butterflies every time I think about it lol. I’m so excited but nervous at the same time. I’m not the typical bride, or at least I don’t feel that way.
It will be me mom and fi’s mom. His mom is wonderful, but I get so nervous around her still, so I’m even more nervous to try on these dresses in front of her. But looking forward to it. Any tips or advice for first time dress lookers? I’m a bit nervous. Anything to avoid or be sure to do?
Post # 3
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! 🙂
Post # 4
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
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
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!!! 🙂
Post # 7
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
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! 🙂
Post # 9
Thank you everyone 🙂 Are they reluctant to let you take pictures? If so I wonder why, wouldn’t that be a big part, to remember the pros and cons on the dresses? I’d be rather upset if they didn’t let me use even my camera phone! Do they try to pressure you into purchasing a dress there? Any tips on avoiding that? I plan to wait and mull it over, I don’t want to end up posting a dress regret thread.
Also, do you have to work with a consultant or would you be able to go try them on yourself? I’d rather just look for myself try them on myself etc but that’s not possible is it? I just know how picky I am. I mean I’ve only been happy in the hundreds of times that I’ve gotten my nails done, I can only remember one time I was truly happy with the way they came out. I’m very picky, I’m almost certain I wont pick a dress on the first hunt, so I kind of don’t want to deal with the pressure of picking that day
Post # 10
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
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! 🙂
Let us know how it goes!