(Closed) Going dress shopping…anyone have any tips?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

I say try on EVERYTHING (within your budget) and maybe 10% over just in case…. Don’t limit yourself to one style, color, shape, our silhouette.  Have fun and good luck!! Oh yeah the practicals, wear your hair in a style similar to what you want to wear on your wedding day.  Wear practical undies because you may have an attendant in there with you helping you change.  Wear something easy to get in and out of, like a button down shirt and a flowy skirt… hmmm if you are grossed out by wearing other people’s corsets, definitely bring your own or your own support garments.

Post # 4
1901 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yes, take the right undergarments, Spanx, bra, whateve. I watched Say Yes To The Dress Tonight and I was amazed that two brides had traveled a long way to go to try on dresses at Kleinfeld’s and they were wearing black bras. ??? Seriously? Take pictures with you of dresses that you think you might like to give them something to start with and take good supportive friends/relatives who will give you an honest opinion w/o being overbearing or rude.

Post # 5
2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Here’s a couple tips I got from salons that I phoned and from my dress shopping experience.

Don’t wear shoes with socks. It’s just another thing to be taking on and off all the time.

Wear practical underwear. The salons I called all said to please make sure to wear natural/nude coloured underwear and something that covers – so no thongs. But some of them may have store underwear you can wear – if you really want.

Try the dresses on with shoes. Especially if you’re planning on wearing flats for your wedding as it’ll change how the dress falls on the floor.

Make sure to keep notes of designers and style numbers/names that you love as you try the dress on. 

Have fun and throw some of your rules out the window. There’s loads of posts over in the dress section from bees that went in saying they wouldn’t wear anything with lace to come out with their perfect dress covered in it 🙂 

Post # 6
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Try on <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>everything!! Dresses look so much different on then they do on the rack. Try on all types of dresses, even ones you think you wont like. If you don’t find the one, you can narrow down what ones you DON’T want. Try on the dresses with shoes. Try on veils and headbands and all accesories. It will give you an idea for the completed look. And take pictures! If they allow it. If you don’t make a decision that day, you can look back on the pics to help you decide. Plus we’d all love to see them!!



Post # 7
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I wouldn’t recommend going to all 6 places all in one day.  Most advice I’ve heard is 2-3 places max in one day.  The most I did was 3 in one day…that was exhausting and luckily 2/3 of the places allowed pictures, otherwise I wouldn’t remember much of anything.  Many places don’t allow pictures at all though.  You don’t want to feel rushed because you need to get to the next place, or overwhelmed because you’ve seen so many dresses in one day!

Take your time and have fun!

Post # 8
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yes, to reiterate what littlemissmoo said, definitely keep a list of the designers and especially dress names or numbers. Some salons might try not to let you see this information because they don’t want you to go elsewhere. But it is critical, especially if they do not let you take pictures and you want to try to find a picture of it on the internet later! Also it’s easier to negotiate if you find out what other stores charge, and that’s only possible if you know the dress name/number.

If you’re on a budget, keep an eye out for alterations or other changes and ask about the cost. For example, they ended up “surprising” me with $240 of “extra length” charges–15% of the total dress price, for a simple satin dress with no beading or lace!–and if I’d have known this the first time I went in, I might not have gone back for a second look.

Finally I defintely recommend a little alcohol! I went to the first place sober and it was kind of stressful and not so fun. So for the next two places I got a drink before each and I was much more relaxed. I thought some places would give me champagne but none did so I got my own, lol.  But it definitely takes the edge off! (haha though if you’re going to impair your judgement, I wouldn’t put the down payment down that day, haha 😉 )

Have fun!

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