(Closed) First time dress shopping – suggestions?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Bring pictures of styles you like and make sure you know your budget.  One of the places I went didn’t have bras/slips to try on with the dresses (2 out of the 3 places provided those for me to try on) so I would recommend wearing a strapless bra just in case.  Don’t commit yourself to a dress that same day, if you fall in love with a dress, go home and think about it at least for a night.

Post # 4
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have a few suggestions for you.., if you’re shopping around Boston, I’ve heard great things about Vows in Watertown. 

1. Wear sensible panties and a good strapless bra. You don’t want to be flashing the store

2. Shower and do your hair and some light makeup. If you don’t feel pretty to begin with, not even the most gorgeous dress will make you feel pretty. 

3. Don’t go with a huge crowd. go with your mom/sister/MOH/etc only so that you don’t have too many conflicting personalities

4. don’t be afraid to try on every style of dress. You won’t know if it looks good when its just on the hanger. I never would’ve picked my dress if it wasn’t for my consultant. 

5. Limit your first trip to 1 or 2 stores so you don’t get overwhelmed. Try and take pictures of dresses you like with you in them if you can and what store so you can go back later if need be. 

6. Eat a small light meal and have some caffine if you get irritable. 

7. Have fun. When else do you get to try on crazy expensive gowns and feel like a princess πŸ™‚ 

Post # 5
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

my simple advise is keep an open mind, i would not go with the intention of finding the dress just your style, pic out one dress in all the different styles you can find, find the shape that makes you feel amazing, then go from there, find that style with bling, lace, flowers, or a different length train, whatever you like. make into what you love, don’t dismiss anydress because it doesn;t look good on the hanger, pop it on, suprise yourself and enjoy it. and i’d stick to one or two people to go with you, some one whos honest is always good πŸ™‚ 

Post # 6
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

  • be willing to try on a bunch of styles.  What I thought I wanted didn’t look good on me at all!
  • wear full-bum panties or a thong only if you don’t mind mooning your bridal consultant
  • wear a strapless bra
  • wear socks – you usually have to take your shoes off at the front door and walk around the store barefoot
  • if you buy a dress, take photos of yourself in the sample.  I did this and it saved me when my dress came in with different proportions than the sample. 

Post # 7
781 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

bring a bottle of water! it gets hot and you’ll get thirsty getting into and out of dresses.

Post # 8
2126 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Most places I went to had bras, but only one place actually put me into a petticoat so I could see how the gown would actually look..they also had bustier bras wich make a huge difference. If ur leaning towards ballgown, I wouldn’t make any final determinations without trying it on with a petticoat. Bring pics of what u like, but don’t be afraid to try other styles…you really will have no idea what looks good on you until you see it. Don’t go overboard with shopping trips. Take note of your top contenders, but if your a lucky, bride, you will find a dress that makes you forget about all the others. =) good luck.

Post # 9
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Not gonna lie, I totally didn’t read all the responses, so if I’ve repeated anything I’m sorry πŸ™‚

1. Know your budget and do not try on stuff outside of it.  I did and I am having major dress regret πŸ™

2. Try on all styles to see what looks best.  I was right about what looked best on me, but my cousin thought she wanted a mermaid style and ended up with a full a-line because it was the most flattering.

3. Try on white and ivory, to see what works best with your skin tone.  I look ghastly in white, but ivory is perfect.

4. Definitely don’t buy same day.  They *will* try to pressure you into an impulse purchase.

5. If you do find the dress you love (and it’s not from David’s or Alfred Angelo), call around to other stores to see if they have a better price.  Or check bridal shops online, some stores will price match (though that’s pretty rare I’ve heard, but it can’t hurt to try.)

6. Take your shoes with you, or a pair of shoes with the same heel height.

7. Take a strapless bra.  Every place I went had bras, but some don’t.

8. Take only 1 or 2 people with you.  Too many people will end up stressing you out because of differing opinions.  I took just my mom because I knew she would tell me what looked great or horrid on me.

9. Do take pics of stuff you like.  The consultant should know what they have in stock and pull dresses that are similar in your price range.

10. Try on as many as you need to find the right one.  There’s only one time in your life when you get to go wedding dress shopping, so don’t rush it.

11. Have someone take pics in every dress you try on that you like.  It will be great to compare at home later.  I also am keeping mine and making a wedding planning scrapbook with pics of my planning adventures.


Good luck!

Post # 10
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Good advice ur already getting:) also don’t forget to have fun..try not to feel bad if a certain style of gown does fit your body well.I’m very self cautious about my shape n let me tell you I cracked myself up when certain dresses didn’t look nice I would laugh it off. Uhmmm what else oh ya if you are like me and get overwhelmed easily take in a deep breath and let the consultant grab the dresses I got dizzy looking at all those white gowns. Last but not least if you love the gown and nobody else does so what.lol its your dress don’t let others influence ur decision:) have fun.

Post # 11
2195 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Where are you shopping around Boston? I bought my dress at Allegria in Belmont and cannot recommend it highly enough!

I would say the same as others: try on LOTS! I ended up with something I totally didnt expect.

Eat a good breakfast and definitely bring water, I was dying of hunger and thirst after 2 shops.

Know your budget, it’s really easy to blow it!


Good luck, local bee!!! Where are are you getting married? Sorry to thread jack, I just love talking local stuff!

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