(Closed) Going to start trying on dresses soon …Need tips!

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Busy bee

Don’t let the saleslady pressure you!!!  Before you buy ANYTHING, go home and sleep on it.  You’ll be really glad you did.  If you still want the dress the next day, it will still be there.  Also, don’t let them throw in tons of extra stuff.  My saleslady basically threw a bracelet, tiara, earrings, long line bra, and crinoline into my arms as I was waiting at the register.  I like the earrings and bracelet well enough, but I wish I had looked around more for hair pieces and a long line bra, as there are much better things out there.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

You should ask for a seperate "stage", make sure you have an apt. where you will be only 1 of 2 brides in there at a time, and try on everything! I was at my first apt. from 2 pm until 5:30 pm!!!

When you step into THE dress, you’ll know it! It will just feel right and be so perfect.

I found the perfect "structure" my first time. I came home and watched millions of runway shows on bridal gowns, found out trends, etc. before I was ready.

Try it on 2 or 3 times before you makeyour purchase!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

oh, and take shoes with you! They dont have to even be like the ones youll wear, but the shoes at bridal salons are GROSS!

Do your hair, they will try on veils and stuff! Maybe bring a brush in your bag. Wear nice undies, they will see you naked! Ummm, bring your most trusted critic, they’ll tell you what looks amazing and not so much, you’l be so confused and not know! Walk around in it, make sure you can actually move!

When you walk,  you have to kick! LOL

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

The first things they’ll probably ask you are what kind of styles you like and what your budget is–the reason is because they probably stock LOTS of styles and in a variety of price points.  They don’t want you to fall in love with a $8k dress if your budget is $2k, you know?  And, if you know you like something deconstructed and sleek, there’s no use in trying on poofy ballgowns with lots of boning.  So it’s good to think about this before hand.  

I suggest that you bring spanx–my consultant helped me in and out of every dress and I felt far more comfortable with the spanx on… we got VERY close–ha ha!  I did not bring a strapless, and they provided several try-ons in case I needed them (that were nice and new-looking, I didn’t feel weird trying on dresses with these).

I brought my sis the first time and then returned the second time (after "sleeping on it"–that is very good advice) with another friend.  I would say bring someone who knows you really well and is comfortable being totally honest with you.  And when you find a dress that you really love–try on the veil!  I never thought I would want a veil, and I tried on a cathedral length (go big or go home!) with my dress, and it just about brought tears to my eyes.  Needless to say, it made me love the dress even more and it was a really special moment.

You should know that it may be a little different than other shopping trips, where you just causally shop until you’ve made your decision… since they have appointments (and there may be one after you), you may not have all the time you would like (depending on the salon)… so I suggest that you try to select the dresses to try on as quickly as possible and then when you put on a dress you know is not you, don’t hang out in it too long (I did this with my first dress… I totally didn’t like it on me, but it was the first "wedding dress" I had ever tried on, so I wanted to really take it in… and I did, but then by the end of my appointment, I felt a little rushed).  With that said, it’s not like they’re going to be rushing you around (unless they’re bad salespeople!)… so I guess my advice is that you should just be conscious of time so that you don’t find yourself wishing that you had more (and thus, needing to make another appointment for a different date).

I also suggest bringing some fancy shoes, something from your closet.  You don’t need these, but sometimes when you put on a dress that you really like, having shoes that you like help you to visualize the entire look.   

Have fun!  I ended up buying the second dress I tried on, during my first shopping trip (and have not and will not go shopping again!), so part of me wishes I had the opportunity to do more of it! 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I would say that if you aren’t a big shopper normally, try on a lot of silhouettes…but don’t let the consultant force you try on a lot of any single one of them unless you think it’s really flattering.  In the end I ended up with more or less the silhouette I would have guessed would flatter me, but I’m glad I tried on other styles to be sure…and it turns out I really liked, like second choice, a dress that I didn’t think would be a silhouette I could pull off.  So you might be surprised.

And don’t be afraid to be assertive if you’re being steered in a direction that you don’t like.  I figured out pretty quickly that I didn’t want a dress that was mostly plain satin with just a little bit of beading on the bodice, but during at least one appt I let the consultant convince me to try like 5 of them.  It was exhausting, frustrating, and kind of made me feel more hopeless about trying a dress.  After your first few, you will definitely get a sense at least of what you don’t like (even if you haven’t figured out what you want yet).  Stick with your guns.  I wish it hadn’t taken me so long to be a bit more forceful about what I want.

And definitely be up front with your budget.  You don’t want to fall in love with a dress (and they don’t want you to either) that will break the bank.  And I was actually surprised at how many dresses consultants happily pulled that were a fair bit below my budget. 

And most of all, remember this is supposed to be fun!  And you will find a dress that you love.  Believe me, I think I tried on like 50 of them before I did.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Avoid trends, pick what looks good on you. I love fashion & all the dresses I tried on that had beautiful modern cuts simply didn’t do anything for my body (more like wearable art).

I brought my mom for my first appointment. I went back & tried it on again & brought my Maid/Matron of Honor + flower girl. I tried on 3 dresses, (including my favorite) and my Maid/Matron of Honor liked my first choice the best.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Rancho Bernardo Inn

Also be sure to bring a good strapless bra and full cover panties since you will be changing in front of the salesperson and whoever goes shopping with you.  Try on lots of styles and just see what you like!  Have so much fun!

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