(Closed) Going dress shopping? Any advice?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1254 posts
Bumble bee

(1) Be honest with the consultant about your budget. You don’t want to fall in love with a dress you can’t afford.

(2) Be open to trying out dresses outside of your comfort zone. You will be surprised at how some of them will look on you.

(3) Stand firm and don’t be pressured into buying something you are not 100% about. At the same time, don’t be afraid to sleep on something if you don’t know the answer right then.

(4) Have fun have fun have fun!

Post # 4
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

BYOShoes! You will be much more comfy in your own!

Strapless bra (unles you dont mind wearing bras other have worn)

If you normally wear thongs wear “normal” underwear unless you dont mind people seeing ur butt!

Relax and have fun!

Post # 5
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Don’t let your consultant bring you dresses that are over your budget!

Post # 6
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Agree with PP, also: 

1) take a few pics of dresses you like. It will give the consultant an idea of your style (but tell them you’re willing to take suggestions– you might get surprised!)

2) manage your expectations… i was really surprised that some stores with some NICE dresses were um… pretty crappy. Seriously. Think dusty fake flowers from the 70s. But the dresses are nice so, whatever? lol

3) stay hydrated…. its so tiring!

4) take a camera in case any place lets you take pictures

5) seriously don’t buy the first day. sleep on it!! I *almost* bought a dress because i thought it looked so good on me even though I wasn’t 100% on the skirt. Sooooooo glad I didn’t because on day 2 I decided to go to just one more place “just to see” and found a dress i loved 10x more. 

Post # 7
2821 posts
Sugar bee

Definately a strapless bra – how your boobs look does affect how you view the dress. 

Tell your budget honestly and ask if there are any you can buy off the rack to help stay within your budget. 

Try on styles of dresses you don’t think you’d like as well as those you think you would.  Also make sure to try on a variety of fabrics and cuts as well.  

I brought my mom and sisters notecards that had 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, or 10 written on them so they could rate my dress as I walked out and it would be more fun for them.

Look at how the dress could be bustled and take that into account.

Also try on dresses in different shades of white – sometimes it makes zero difference in flattering your skin/eyes/hair color but sometimes it does.

Post # 8
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Personally, I found it helpful to try on a few dresses that were out of my budget. Doing so helped me better understand what a really high-quality, well-made dress (and really nice fabric) looked and felt like, and then I was better able to tell the difference between quality and not-so-high-quality dresses that were in my budget. I think it’s a personal call. If you think you can try on the pricey ones and not feel compelled to go over your budget, I say go for it (plus it’s a TON of fun!). If you think doing so will make you want to cut corners elsewhere so you can buy a spendy dress, then steer clear! 🙂

And, as others have said — bring your own bra and shoes, stay hydrated, be open-minded, and HAVE A GREAT TIME!

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