Post # 1
So tomorrow I’m going dress shopping for the first time, and to be quite honest, I’m a little nervous! I think I’m realizing how daunting of a task it might be. I’m pretty much a perfectionist, so I can only imagine how much I’m going to nit-pick about everything.
A friend of mine just got engaged last week and asked me to go, and I figured it was the perfect “first time” opportunity. I was pretty worked up at the thought of my first time dress shopping being with my mom, grandmom, future mother-in-law, etc… (you know, the whole entouage many brides-to-be bring along for support) It just seems like a lot for my first encounter, so a low-key approach is what I’m going for. I’m keeping an open mind and basically down to try on anything and everything!
The designers carried at the shop we’re going to are Allure, Sottero and Midgley, Maggie Sottero, Mori Lee, and Casablanca.
Any tips before I go? 🙂
Post # 3
Lol. Go alone.. Don’t bring anyone. They’re mean about your choices and get mad when you don’t like their choices.. JK, that’s just my family
Post # 4
Oh, and I say try one of every silhouette so you know what you look good in and what you like as well
Post # 5
I think the biggest thing that helped my consultant was that I brought in a big folder of dozens and dozens of dress pictures that I liked.
If you can give them a visual of things that you are attracted to, they can generally pinpoint something that you’ll be happy with a bit faster.
Post # 6
Try to have a general idea of your likes and dislikes. For example:
Likes: lace, tulle. taffeta, chiffon, sweetheart neckline, fit-and-flare gowns, ball-gowns
Dislikes: satin, organza, ruffles, halter-top, empire waist gowns, beading, anything asymetrical
I hope you have a wonderful experience!!
Post # 7
Just bumping this so I can read it later! Good luck!
Post # 8
Wear nice underwear!!! The consultants will see it and you don’t want holey moley panties 🙂 Someone told me that, best advice I got! And please don’t go alone. I took my most important female, my mother. 🙂
Post # 9
Try not to be a perfectionist. You’ll drive yourself and your consultant crazy. I only went to two stores because I realized I’d probably find one dress I liked at every place and it would just confuse me.
Know what you like but be open minded. I was dead set against strapless but was convinced otherwise by actually trying some anyway.
Post # 10
First of all, I hope you have a blast dress shopping. 🙂
My advice would be to not let the consultants bully or pressure you into a purchase. I went into quite a few stores over a month and a bit of searching for my dress, and at a few of the stores, the consultants were quite aggressive (one even got upset at my friend for saying she didn’t like one of the dresses I tried on! Another kept on telling me how if I “walked away from the one” I’d be sorry after every other dress I tried on. Well, if I’m walking away, it clearly isn’t the one, is it?)
Trust your own opinion and that of those you bring with you. At the end of the day, regardless of how nice the consultants are, they are still trying to make a sale.
Post # 11
Be open to different styles than the one you think you want. Wedding dresses look completely different when you try them on and lots of brides end up with a different style/shape than they thought they wanted! Have fun!!!
Post # 12
1. Do not go on an empty stomach!
I know we brides often want to look as sleek as possible and not full and bloated, but if you go without eating something, you’ll be grouchy and exhausted by the second dress!
2. Think about having a glass of champagne (or two)
3. Bring your inner-circle; do not bring the village. Or go alone!
4. I would get my hair did and put on a bit of make-up. It goes a long way in perking you up. Ditto on the PP who said to wear nice underwear too!
5. Have an open mind. Try on stuff that you think is not going to work–sometimes you are surprised!
6. Keep a sense of humor. Some dresses looked so ridiculous on me that it was either cry or laugh. Go with laugh.
Remember that it’s fun. If you come out of it empty-handed, don’t despair, and don’t sweat the dresses that don’t work wtih your body or budget. Have fun!
Post # 13
Good luck its really fun, hope you find some you love those ranges of dresses include some stunning gowns.
I would take pictures, tissues, and water. And if you can wear a bra with adjustable straps so you can try different backs etc.
Post # 14
@Saria213: Take pictures and don’t feel pressured to make a decision right away!
Post # 15
Keep an open mind as far as sillouhettes go. Try at least one on each. What things look like in the model pics may not look like that on you, and what you though you didn’t like may suprise you when you put it on.
My #1 word of advice, is don’t go in intending to buy! Go in intending to get ideas. Try things on, check things out, take pictures. If you love one, it most likely won’t dissapear over night, so sleep on it. I went in dead-set on buying and left with a dress that I’m not crazy about and will always wonder what would have happened had I backed up for a day or two and maybe tried other salons to see what was out there. I’m usually really picky too, but for some reason I just got steamrolled by the emotions and the sales people and my family’s reactions to the dress I had on, and pulled the trigger way too quickly.
So, be sure to take some time to back-up from things and think!!
((Then again, Casablanca makes what I think would have been my dream dress, had I had a chance to try it on. So if it’s a Casablanca you fall for, go for it! LOL))
Post # 16
I just went for the first time last Saturday and going back again (to the same place) this Saturday!
My best advice is bring:
hairbrush – My hair looked like a hot mess having these dresses thrown over my head, it was nice to brush it every few dresses lol.
Water!! (omg I was sweating….between standing under those lights, the fact that you’re trying on wedding dresses and being infront of a whole bunch of people was crazy!)
Camera 100%. When you try on dresses the first time you’re in the heat of the moment and the consultant is trying to sell you a dress. I got home and had a chance to look back and I ended up really loving this one dress I didn’t think was the one. That one picture is my reason for going back Saturday and probably buying it! 🙂
A positive attitude/smile. Goodness I almost cried after the first three dresses I liked didn’t fit me right or looked horrible. There is a dress for everyone and it will look beautiful!
Have fun! 🙂