(Closed) First Time Dress Shopping Help!

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
4336 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

It’s ok! Be ready to have fun!

Wear nice looking underwear, cuz at some places the lady comes into the fitting room with you! (eep!)

Be HONEST with the sales people about your budget.

Don’t forget a strapless bra!

ETA: and don’t worry about what to wear to the fitting- you probably won’t be doing any fittings for quite some time. You will probably just try on dresses that are the wrong size (since shops except Davids Bridal usually only keep one of each style,) so having the “perfect” undergarments yet won’t matter.

Post # 4
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

Just wear modest underwear and a strapless bra.  If your short bring shoes, samples are made for women who avg about 5’9. 


Keep an open mind and have fun!

Post # 7
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

I wore spanx and felt really comfortable in them. As the pp said, the consultants are usually in the room with you (along with some/all of your entourage), so having spanx on made me feel like I wasn’t completely naked.

Bring a strapless bra! That is a must! 

Be specific about what you’re looking for. When I had my fitting, I wanted: no lace, no beading, natural waist, full a-line or ball gown skirt, sweetheart neckline, and pockets. Being as specific as possible makes the consultants job much easier, and they love brides who know what they want. Feel free to bring in pictures of dresses you like as well!

Don’t feel pressured to buy! None of the consultants I ever worked with made me feel like I HAD to buy right then and there, which I so appreciated. Even if you find “the dress,” take a day or two to sleep on it. If you really love it, waiting a few days will only make you more confident in your decision.

Relax and have fun! It’s a great experience. 

Be sure to tell us how it goes! 🙂

Post # 8
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I second PPs re: a good pair of light-colored undies (boyshorts are best, since they won’t give you lines too much), heels similar to the height you think you might wear, and a strapless bra. I also wore the pearls I’m wearing for my wedding, and had a quick makeup-counter touchup before my appointment, so I didn’t have to focus on how terrible my non-made-up-face looked!

Also, BRING A GOOD CAMERA and someone to take notes! This is helpful so you can see how the dress will photograph (some stores might tell you you can’t take pictures, though – this is ridiculous, and I’d steer clear of them anyway – but if you do, at least get the designer name and style name/number so you can look up pics of other real brides in the dress), and also so you can remember them! For me, the dresses in my two appointments the first day just all blended together and I got overwhelmed.

Good luck, and have fun!!!

Post # 9
2183 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

Yes, I agree… wear decent undies in a light color. Most places will supply a strapless bra, either by offering or on request– the ones the stores had were much better than the one I brought, but one store I went to didn’t have them, so I was glad I had at least brought one.

Most important, have fun. And take someone with you who you trust to be honest with you. Be open to your consultant’s suggestions, too. The dress I bought is one I would have never chosen myself, but it was the first and only dress to really make feel like the bride I want to be.

Also, don’t feel pressured to choose; the dress may just choose you!

And plan to have a nice, calm meal afterwards with your shopping companion– and a cocktail! haha, it helped me, anyway!

Post # 9
7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

WATER! Bring lots of water! You will get super hot under the lights and from putting on and taking off heavy dresses.

Wear a strapless bra and underwear. Some reps will help you put on and take off dresses so they are right there with you.

Wear shoes you think you will be wearing on your wedding day. I just brought a pair of 2-3 inch heels so you can see if you need to order extra length or not.

Camera so that you can look at the photos later when you aren’t so excited and have a sales rep in your ear telling you about sales, discounts, how awesome you look, or chances that the dress is going to be discontinued so you can order it now.

I had a blast my first time out! I wore a body shaper called Squeem. I was comfortable in it and didn’t make me feel like I was too exposed. I had a black strapless on also.

Post # 11
2216 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Miss Tattoo: I second the water.  I was completely parched after trying on my dresses. 

@FaceReality:I wore a black strapless bra and was fine.  The only dress that you could see the black through was the one I tried on with a see-through bodice.


Good luck and have fun!

Post # 13
2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Don’t wear blue underwear (my mistake the first time!! lol, good thing I’m not shy!)

I brought a strapless bra but ended up not wearing it. At David’s they had garments to wear (that were not at all comfortable) and at the boutique, I realized that I had so much support in the dresses it didnt matter.

Realize that you’re going to be overwhelmed. Definitely do NOT buy that day (alright, unless the dress is on sale and a steal).

Take photos if you can. Get them to lower the lights so you can see the dress in different lighting (well, if you’re having an evening wedding).

Try not to go for dresses out of your budget.

Bring shoes similar to the ones you plan on wearing.

Remember that sample dresses don’t look their best (and may not fit).

SIT in any dress you think you want to buy.

Eat something before you go. I forgot to do that, it made for a long day.


Have fun!! 🙂

Post # 14
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Stay open to suggestions even if you think you know exactly what you want.  You may surprise yourself!

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