(Closed) Going Dress Shopping–Need Advice!

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
4001 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

All experiences are different so I can’t tell you what to expect.  I can tell you I’d go armed with some pictures of dresses you like, so they can get an idea of what to show you.  And, try on dresses you’d never imagine liking because sometimes they’ll surprise you and you’ll fall in love.  Also, make sure the people you bring have your best interests in mind, and aren’t going to be too overbearing.  Most importantly, don’t feel rushed to make a decision.  Some shops will tell you there’s a sale ending soon or that the dress will be gone, that’s usually not the case.  Do not feel pressured to buy until you’re absolutely certain! 

Post # 4
1514 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Expect to be overwhelmed.  I would suggest only going to a few places and at each place only trying a few dresses because they start to all blur together.  Take lots of pictures.  Take water and snacks.  As far as what to wear, if you plan on something strapless, bring/wear a strapless bra (the store ones are gross).  If you’re planning on Spanex, I’d bringwear that too.  Wear easily removable.comfortable clothes. 

Post # 5
653 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Have fun! I’d recommend doing your hair and makeup so you look nice so you can get a better idea of how you’ll actually look (instead of no makeup/pony). Also take a camera just in case they let you take pictures. Be sure to wear underwear that covers because the consultant will be helping you change.

Good Luck!

Post # 6
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

If your consultant seems to understand your taste ask her to bring you some things she thinks you’d look good in. I ended up buying a gown that she pulled from the rack because it had no hanger appeal when I looked at it, but since she’d seen it on other girls, and she knew it was really what I wanted, she brought it to me.


On the other hand, I had consultants at other stores who were not listening to the things I was looking for and brought me gowns that were the total opposite of what I wanted, so you just have to decide if your salesperson is really listening and caring about what you want.

Post # 7
229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I just went for the first time in the beginning of the week.  I agree that you should try on all styles of dresses.  I couldn’t believe how many dresses I liked on me that I never thought would have looked good!  Keep an open mind! 

Post # 8
2779 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Wear nude underwear, and underwear that covers you up 🙂 In some salons some of the dresses may need a store assistant to come into the changing room with you and lace you into dresses so just keep that in mind. 

Keep track of designers names and dress numbers of dresses that you like so you can look at them online later if you don’t make a decision yet.

Have fun! Dress shopping shouldn’t be stressful. You’re shopping for a dress to wear on one of the best days of your life – it should be a great experience.

Post # 9
562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I went for the first time yesterday and found my dress after the 4th one.  Like previous posts I’d say bring pictures of styles you like.  I went in with three pictures and told the consultant what I was looking for and she pulled a number of gorgeous gowns (including the one I picked!).  Do your hair and makeup, wear undewear that covers you and have fun.  Also, if you find a dress you do love, ask tons of questions like, are alterations included in the price, how far in advance do you need to order, are they having a sample sale anytime soon, what kind of deal can they give you (ie: if you get your gown and Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses from them, will they give a discount?).  I found my gown at the first store I went to but didn’t order it.  The second store, closer to home, had it too for $200 more (plus extra for alterations) but I told them I found it elsewhere for less with alterations included in the price and they matched!  Never hurts to ask!

Post # 10
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

One of my friends made notes on all the dresses that I tried on that were possibilities. Designer, style number, color, thoughts, descriptions. It really helped when I went back and tried to remember what ones were winners and what ones were okay.

And I second the snacks and water. Although most salons won’t let you bring in any food or beverage, I definitely needed a pick-me-up when I got back to the car.

Post # 11
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Try on dresses even if you aren’t sure how they will look on you.  After seeing all these girls with mermaids, I wish I had tried some on instead of giving up on them because of my hips and butt.

Post # 12
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Get comfortable with the fact that you may try on 20 dresses in an hour or so.  That was what took me by such surprise.  Bring strapless undergarments just in case they don’t have what you want.  I brought hose and a decent heeled shoe just to try with the one to make sure it was all right.  Do your makeup and hair nice to get the whole effect.  I envy you.  It’s so much fun! 

Oh, and don’t feel pressured to buy a veil.  I was swept into the “Veil Room” and bought a $250 veil when I think I’d much rather buy one on Etsy for much cheaper.  That was my only regret though.

Post # 13
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Bring heels and a strapless bra.  Everything looked so much better with heels on! (I’m pretty short, 5’4.

Have one helper that you don’t mind seeing you in your bra and undies because some salons do not help you get the dress on and you’ll need some help! 

Don’t feel pressured whatsoever!! I actually got no pressure from salespeople which I was shocked by.  Take pictures of your favorites – most stores will let you.  If they don’t, sneak it, otherwise you will not remember the dress.

Remember pretty much every store will give you 10% off without much hassle, so keep that in mind.  But when I found my dress, I was so excited I forgot to pretend like I couldn’t afford it so I’m paying full price : )

Have fun!! (although I wouldn’t call it super-fun, it’s was pretty stressful until I found the one. I actually bought it all by myself!)

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