(Closed) Going dress shopping on Saturday… What's your advice?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Of course we have advice!  Haha, here goes:

Wear or take full-butt nude color undies & a strapless bra

Take a bottle of water (it gets hot under all that fabric!)

Take a trusted friend or two, or your mom/sister/grandma/aunt… whoever will be HONEST with you but not BRUTAL.  Make sure it’s just a few people as too many opinions will quickly become overwhelming.

Have someone take pictures of each dress (even the hideous ones- then you can post a thread about it & we can all get a good giggle!).  Don’t make any decisions right away, wait until you get home and have a chance to look at the photos.

Take an open mind as well.  The consultant might ask you to try a dress you don’t think you’ll like… try it anyway.  You may just love it, or it may end up on the “hideous dresses” thread.  Either way, it will be fun!

Remember to enjoy yourself even if you look like a gargantuan cupcake poured into an uncomfortable dress that is 300 degrees and itchy.  Some of my favorite memories involve much more tulle than I had ever imagined!  My sister and I were dancing around the store laughing so hard I nearly passed out (the sample dress was about 2 sizes too small but we got that zipper up anyway!)

Good luck!

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

-Dont bring a ton of people

-Do bring a strapless bra

-Bring a bottle of water and a camera

-Dont jusge on the hanger, be open

-And most importantly, stay within budget


Have fun!

Post # 5
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I would add not to let any consultant pressure you into buying anything.  If you end up buying later, make sure that your consultant gets the sale.


I had a pretty good idea of the dress I wanted and pretty much knew that I wanted to buy it when I tried the sample on (even though it was one size too small).  The right dress will just feel right to you.


Also bring the shoes you plan to wear on your wedding day; if you don’t have them yet bring something of a similar height.

Post # 6
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

Try on dresses that you feel might not be your ‘style’ or exactly what you have in mind. They might surprise you by looking incredibly flattering! Also, take pictures of yourself in every dress front back side 🙂 Most importantly have fun!

Post # 7
8882 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

You have great advice above, all I can add is relax and have fun.

Post # 8
525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

– Try on a few different dresses and try on something totally outside your comfort zone.

– Don’t try on dresses that are way out of your budget unless you know you have the willpower to say no to those dresses.

– If the store has accesories you might want to purchase (veils, tiaras) try on some of those with different dresses to get an idea of what it could look like

– Have fun 🙂


Post # 9
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@gatystar:  I would suggest watching a few episodes of Say Yes to the Dress and taking notes lol.

One thing that comes to mind is NOT bringing along a huge entourage! Bring a few trusted people who will be honest and have your best interests at heart. So don’t bring your frenemy who might delight in seeing you in something that isn’t flattering (extreme example but you get the idea). Don’t bring the pushover who will say you look gorgeous in anything, either.

Also, know that bridal sizes work differently than street sizes. Don’t freak out when your dress size is potentially double the size you normally wear.

Some may disagree with me, but I wouldn’t go in expecting to have that OMG moment where everyone (including you) cries, and you know it’s “the one”. I think that if you find a dress that you love, and that flatters, then that’s good enough. I would never expect to get too emotional over a dress, but maybe that’s just me.

Don’t feel like you MUST buy if nothing stands out for you.

Wear the shoes you plan on getting married in, or shoes of a similar height, to give you an idea of what works.

Post # 10
6221 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

Bring some high heels and every different type of strapless bra you have. Also,  if you are certainabout some things (like I didn’t want satin because of the heat and weight) don’t waste your times.  Do try different things though because you might be surprised at what you like.  You should also make your hair look okay if it doesn’t usually

Post # 11
808 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

My advice would be to not put too much pressure on yourself to find the dress…..just go into it to have fun and try on pretty dresses!

Bring water and snacks too, and some dressy earrings to help create a formal look.  That helped me!

Post # 12
981 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I second the granny panties! You want your butt covered when you have multiple people, including a consultant, in the dressing room with you.

Post # 13
23597 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Not much to add here either, but just have fun!! 😀

Post # 14
11271 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

you have some great advise here already.

i would say, keep an open mind.  i was very open and the consultant put me in one of everything just to see what i liked/did like.  i was totally surprised.

i ended up with a dress that i would never ever in a million years try on and think would look good on me.  i only tried it on for fun.  boy was i wrong. i loved it.

enjoy your experience.

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