(Closed) Has anyone went dress shopping with no intent to buy, just try on? Is this ok?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’d start now! Dresses can take months to order so I definitely wouldn’t wait until you send your invites. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Pinkmoon:  +1

If you wait until your invitations go out, you might end up without a dress at all. You’ll feel ready when you find the right dress. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Yeah… if you’re buying from a normal bridal salon, dresses take for freaking EVER. I ordered mine at the beginning of October. I needed it by the first week of March (so there would be enough time for bridal portraits before the wedding). They told me it would definitely be in by then… when I called in February and they checked up on it… still the first week of March. Didn’t get in until a week ago (THIRD week of March!). And alterations, even with me forcing them to rush, are taking two and a half weeks. Argh. So yeah, six months before is basically the MINIMUM amount of time you can do it, so you need to get on it now if you’re not buying off the rack and don’t want to pay a rush fee!

Post # 6
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3691 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

You’re getting married in 7 months.  You need to get serious about ordering a dress now.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@echolove:  Yup! My first appointment I had no intention of buying anything, but it still was a pretty awesome experience. I went to a local salon & the girls working there were c=very nice, down to earth, and not pushy at all. I think they had just as much fun playing dress up as I did! I imagine you might have a different experience at a big box store though…. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Yes, it is ok to go dress shopping without the intent to buy. I did that a couple months ago just  to see what looked good on me. But you should really consider getting a dress very soon, with such short time.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

@echolove:  I’ve been trying on dresses for the last few months, but I have no intention to even think about buying until at least September. Just don’t tell them you’re not planning on buying and it will be fine! They don’t need to know.

Post # 11
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274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Girl go! You should NEVER EVER buy right away. You should go to several different stores and JUST try on dresses, SEVERAL times! As many as possible!

Everytime you leave a store, you’ll know what works for you and what does not. And what you feel works for you while you’re in the store, you may go home and think about it and completely change your mind. You’re a woman after all! and you’re a bride so you absolutely CAN change your mind 😉

Try on try on try on! Do not buy until you’re 100% sure and 125% ready. Those pushy sales people will try to hustle you into buying. Do not fall for it. Tell them you like the dress but need time to think about it. My favorite phrase, “I need to sleep on it.”

 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’ve also wondered this. I feel like it would be rude if I didn’t intend on buying, but the wedding is in two years so I’m not rushing either.

But I think it should be okay. They can’t deny you from doing that.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yes, you can and shuld go shopping now. No matter WHEN you send your invites. It may take a long time to get the dress in that you want.

If you REALLY do not want to buy, just tell the salon you are interested in having a first appointment to narrow down silhouettes and to get an idea of what you like but that you are not necessarily planning on buying that day. Tell them you want a certain person there when you make your final decision and they can only go one day due to work etc.

I did that because my Mom is out of state and wanted to be there for my decision. I narrowed it down to 3 salons with 3-4 dresses at each. She still got the experience without the HOURS of trying on dresses. All the salons were accomodating.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You may be nervous, but you should definitely consider buying when you go, if you find the one you want. They take forever to come in, plus most need alterations. 

I went without intent to buy, and at the 3rd place (my second trip), I found the dress I wore on my wedding day. 🙂

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@echolove:  I went without the intent to buy because I wanted to do something special for my birthday with my family. I wanted to get an idea of what would look good. Plus, I think you have to go without the intent to buy at least once so you don’t have any reason to give in to the pressure the bridal consultant will undoubtedly put on you. That way you don’t end up with dress regret.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MissComicBook:  +1

go without the intent to buy at least once so you don’t have any reason to give in to the pressure the bridal consultant will undoubtedly put on you. That way you don’t end up with dress regret

Best advice!!

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