(Closed) First time dress shopping! Silly questions..

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Buy the bra you’ll be wearing on the day and the shoes you’ll be wearing on the day before you try on the dress!!! (Especially if you’re having the fittings done by the shop!) Then you’ll know exactly what alterations are needed.

I would wear loose fitting easy to get in and out of clothes just to make it easier.

Definitely don’t try on anything out of the price range – it’ll break your heart!

You’ll know when you find the one 🙂 I thought I did, then found a cheaper version, then couldn’t have it by the wedding, and happened on mine while running around town to vintage shops with the Future Mother-In-Law, totally by surprise! And it’s perfect! I tried on every style at the shop I went to to see what looked best on me. The consultants were very helpful!

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

@Nicoley1985:  OK I think you have to get SYTTD out of your mind when it comes to your own personal experience, most bees don’t have the same experience and I find that they get a bit disappointed when they dont.  Just wear comfy clothes and bring a strapless bra.  Some places will provide one for you, some dont.  The robes thing is something the salon provides for you.  I only saw it at 2 stores and I didn’t bother to put it on.  The shoe thing is entirely up to you.  I’m 5’1 and when a salon told me they average sample is a size 10 made to fit someone that 5’10, I started bringing shoes with me and it did change the overall look for me.  If you’re taller you don’t need to.  One salon actually had shoes lined up in the dressing room for brides.

My first appointment I was there for just under 2 hours and tried on an array of different styles.  I kinda let her run it because I didn’t know what I was doing but she also let me look around.  I wasn’t willing to commit first time out so I kept shopping around but it was good to start putting things on.  I tried on about 8-10 dresses per store. How willing you are to commit/ how decisive you are will determine how many dresses you put on before finding “the one”.

My number 1 tip I can give is do not judge a dress on the hanger.  They look so different on a body.  #2-Stay in budget!


Good luck!!

Post # 5
6247 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

I used to watch SYTTD too.  Then I went to a bridal salon and man was it different.  At my bridal salon it was super crowded with dresses stacked two rows deep.  There were several changing rooms and an area with a stand and mirrors for you to come out and see what your dress looks like from all angles. 

I took my Mom and grandmother with me.  We were a little early to our appointment so we were told that we could browse for dresses around the salon.  I had done a lot of research so I brought pictures of what styles I thought I wanted.  We selected a few dresses and reviewed our choices with the attendant.  She asked me what style I like and what I didn’t like, then she selected a few more based on my responses.

Like MASPA said, try not to judge the dress based on how it looks hanging up.  I didn’t really like the way my dress looked when I saw it hanging up. The proportions looked off.  But when I tried it on, it was like the dress was made for me.  The other dresses had waists that were too long or the waistline was too low, but this dress that had looked like the waist was too short when it was on the hanger was actually perfect for my body.

Depending on your bra size, the salon attendant might just tell you to go without a bra.  My attendant was an older woman and she made me feel so comfortable.  I told her I brought a strapless bra and she basically told me that if I really wanted to wear it then I could but she does this everyday and there’s nothing she hasn’t seen before (lol). 

I didn’t bring shoes which was ok because the dresses were so long that you couldn’t see my feet anyways (I’m 5’3″).  Plus I didn’t know where my venue was going to be at that time so I didn’t know what kind of shoes I wanted.  The attendant told me you really only need the shoes for the alterations/fittings.

ETA: I also brought a camera.  My bridal salon allowed my Mom to take pictures of me browsing for dresses and with dresses on standing on the stand in front of the mirror.  It’s really neat to have those pictures.

And most importantly, HAVE FUN!!  🙂

Post # 7
16196 posts
Honey Beekeeper

You’ll be most comfortable if you bring a strapless bra. And really, don’t even worry about shoes/heels/heights yet. At all. I walked around barefoot, as much as that bothers me (germs!).

Don’t bring a robe. Not necessary. I’m modest, so I requested a private fitting room, and that mostly worked out for me. Though, when it comes to trying on wedding dresses, modesty does go out the window a bit.

I agree not to dismiss a dress before trying it on. I was pleasantly surprised many times with dresses I thought I wouldn’t like.

Also, dresses in the stores come in crazy sizes, from both extremes of the fit chart. So whether a sample dress is way too small, or falling completely off of you, don’t let that get to you. Because your dream dress will be fitted to YOU.


Good luck!!!


Post # 8
16196 posts
Honey Beekeeper

And PS…your questions aren’t silly! It’s hard to know what to expect if you’ve never done it!

Post # 9
1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I wore a strapless bra and a dress.  I also already had my shoes so I wore those.  I tried on dresses I LOVED on the hanger but they looked bad on my body type.  I found the one after 7 or 8.  Try them all on!  You might be surprised at what you love!

Post # 10
2584 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I just wore my usual everyday clothes. I’ve been 6-7 places and they all offered strapless corset bras. I wouldn’t worry about shoes since the samples are almost never the right length and they always have pedestals, unless you know what shoes you’re wearing and you just want to see how they look together.

And I’ve probably tried on 100 dresses by now… I don’t even want to think about it. I’m being so indecisive and I need to pick soon! Everyone’s different- some have that “this is it!” moment and some don’t.

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