Post # 1
I’m about 18 months away from my wedding and love a designer who only has one stockist in my city (Sydney). The stockist doesn’t have fantastic reviews in terms of the consultation, dress ordering and delivery process.
I have my heart set on a dress from this specific designer. However, the designer’s boutique is in Melbourne – a 90 minute flight / 12 hour drive. Her boutique offers 2 hour appointments for interstate clients.
Is it a bit far fetched to travel, just to try on a dress? Thank you ♥️
Post # 2
hi fellow Aussie!
I would go to the boutique in Sydney first just to try some on. If you love them and want to proceed then fly to Melbourne.
Would you get the alterations done by someone in Syd? Or Melb?
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2018 - Beautiful Barn
Would it not be better to brave the reviews to try on a dress you love, then if you love the dress you can always think about travelling to the other shop? Might be a wasted journey for that specific designer if you aren’t actually keen in real life?
When I was looking, two designers I loved online were stocked in a few shops over the UK, one close to me wasn’t the best shop but I went anyway to check out the dresses and loved pretty much all of the ones in one designer but wasn’t keen on the other I had my eye on – from there I didn’t mind longer drives (though were 2 hours at most!) to check out the other shops with the one I loved!
I don’t think travelling for a dress is a bad thing but I’d make sure I knew they were contenders before a big journey like that!
Post # 4
It is a bit OTT but if you love the designer and can afford the travel then why not? The designer I love was only stocked in 2 places in the UK so I flew on a Saturday morning for an afternoon appointment. Just keep in mind that you will need to go back more than once. I will have to fly in 2 more times for fittings before the wedding, luckily I have friends in the city so I can combine it with a visit to see them.
Post # 5
Hello to you, too! I’m a bit stuck on whether to go with alterations here or there. I honestly have no idea who I could trust, in Sydney. I would absolutely LOVE to get the dress altered in Melbs with the designer’s studio, but I couldn’t afford to pay for and take the time off work to return for fittings.
I was thinking of trying the dress on in Sydney and contacting the boutique in Melbourne, but the Sydney stockist does not have the dress that I’m most keen to try on. 🙁
Post # 6
Is this Anna Campbell? If the Sydney store doesn’t have the dress you love then it’s probably worth it. The expense alone of AC dresses (or any Melbourne designer dress) means that you would want to make absolutely sure that you 100% love it. If it is AC then you can purchase a size and have it altered in Sydney so it would only be the one trip – or purchase second hand once you know size/style
Post # 7
Yes! Haha I love how you guessed that it is AC – I wanted to be completely neutral in my post, just so I could really see if I was just being extra or justified 😂
If you please could shed any light on what to expect with Anna Campbell, I would find it sooo helpful. Personally, it’s either out of AC or Karen Willis Holmes. KWH is way more convenient, in terms of their Sydney boutique 🙈
Post # 8
i drove 8 hours from maryland to north carolina to look at a certain dress, and then from maryland to new york to look at another. i couldnt commit to a dress until i had actually seen those two on me. my mom thought i was insane. i dont regret it.
Post # 9
Even if your local store doesn’t have the exact dress you love I still think it’s worth going to the store to try on what dresses they do have from the designer. It will give you a sense of whether you like the style and craftsmanship and you may even discover a dress that didn’t catch your eye online. (I had certain designers in mind but the dress I ultimately went with, while from one of my short list designers, was not the one that caught my eye online.) You can also check with the store to see when the next trunk show will be or if they are able to get the dress in for you to try.
I don’t think it’s crazy to travel to try on a dress, but I’d probably do it when I was at a point in my dress buying journey where I was ready to buy. So before taking the trip I’d try on other dresses by the designer and styles from similar designers. I think the worst thing would be making the trip too soon and find yourself unsure or indecisive. It also sounds like the shop offers a lot of customization so it would be great to go once you’re informed.
Post # 10
I would personally try KWH on first, who knows, you may find THE dress there so you wouldn’t have to travel. Otherwise, if you are definitely buying your dress from Anna Campbell, I would travel to get it so that I don’t have to spend thousands on a boutique that worries me from day 1. Just make a short holiday out of it.