(Closed) Has your dress shopping experience been anything like Say Yes to the Dress?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@yaneres: I think they look for people who will be emotional to cast on SYTTD.

My shopping experience was not like that at all. I had to try on the same dress 3 times at 3 different appointments to decide it was “the one”. There was no crying, no real “OMG YES” moment, it was just “right”.

I tried on over 50 dresses and had many that I liked and that looked nice and would be great for me. So I did a lot of back and forth, and re-trying on dresses I’d tried before, etc.

SYTTD is edited for TV as well as casted very carefully.

Post # 4
827 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My aunt cried a little bit.  I didn’t.  I just knew it was a great dress for me. To be honest, the super exciting part of my appointment was having Sarah from SYTTD be my consultant at Kleinfeld lol.  But yeah, I had kind of a quiet moment trying on the dress a second time during my appointment and decided it was the dress.  And then I waited overnight before putting down the deposit 🙂

Post # 5
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had people who were excited for me, but they didn’t jump around and scream or anything :). When I took a couple BMs the first time they were great and super enthusiastic, and another time I went with my mom and my cousin, and my cousin was fantastic about being there for me. It really wasn’t anything like SYTTD, though!

Post # 6
689 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@KatNYC2011: I had pretty much the same experience. Tried on a lot of dresses..50+!! Tried my dress on 3 different times at 2 different salons before deciding it was the one. The only time I kind of teared up was when I took my Maid/Matron of Honor, and she burst into tears.

Post # 7
11068 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I took an entourage shopping and then on my second trip I just took my Mum. To be honest I much preferred it when it was just my Mum and I as it was alot calmer. I did Ooos and Aaahs from friends, but I knew when I’d found the right dress by my Mum’s face.

Post # 8
350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@KatNYC2011: I definitely had a similar experience.  I tried on over 40 dresses and tried on “the dress” 3 times and stared at it in the mirror for over 45 minutes before deciding it was right for me.  I only brought an entourage a few times and no one ever cried or even “ooooh”d.  When I finally decided on my dress I was completely alone and I actually think it was better that way – no one else’s opinion overwhelming mine. 

I was actually really upset at first about my friend’s/family’s lack or reaction as well as my own.  I blame a lot of that on that damed show.  Hahaha  I even went to Kleinfeld. 

Post # 9
3166 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

faaaaaaaaack my first time was like that. we got there and i was excited and nervous and then i turn around and my mom had wandered off somewhere to go chat on her phone. wtf, really? so we pulled dresses and my mom was the one to help me into them and she didn’t know how to zip them so kept saying how it didn’t fit (of course when the girl did it, it went right up though). i don’t know, it left a bad taste in my mouth – i just felt sad and fat. then when i’d get up there on the pedestal thing, my mom wouldn’t say much. and neither would i. but the girls who worked there of course fawned over it (wanting a sale, obv). i love my mom, but that was NOT our day.

the second time was wonderful. i tried on all sorts of dresses and the sales assistant was fabulous – she was the one who helped me try on everything. it was as SYTTD-y as i think i’ll get. they were great! i felt thin and beautiful and had a great time trying on the dresses. that time, i’d brought my mom, aunt & great aunt and my cousin (MOH). no tears, but lots of “que bonita! que delicada!”

Post # 10
4755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

YES it was!

I went in knowing they sold a line I was interested in. The consultant had it hanging for me already. We checked out other dresses, told the consultant what I was looking for… and picked about 5 to start with. The consultant picked one dress out herself and showed it to me. I was “meh” with it, but knew that you should give their suggestions a try. It was the first one I put on. I walked out, and I immediately liked it but wasn’t about to say that this was it just yet. The onlookers were eyeing me saying it was really nice and ohh, ahh-ing it. Felt good.

Tried on the other 5 or so each time it was nice, but wasn’t as nice as the first one. Not even THE one I thought I loved on the internet. So we went back to the first one. I really, really liked it the second time around. Looks great on my body, and had the elements I was looking for! She glammed me up with jewlery and a veil and I walked down the fake asile, and then I got back and I got teary eyed. That’s when I said: “I’m saying yes, to this dress!” and the onlookers said yes, that’s the one blah blah blah. So I know it was the right one! My appointment was the first one in and out with a purchase!

Post # 11
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Sort of?  I took 3 people with me the main time and they totally oo’d and awe’d but it was super awkward!  I wasn’t prepared for that.  I also thought because of the show that they would be mad if I didn’t buy a dress right then, which made things really stressful.

I ended up buying my dress totally by myself!  No one was free when I wanted to go so I went back to a previous store and was totally sure when I tried on the dress!  I didn’t cry or anything; I was just really excited and was totally set right away.

Post # 12
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011


I loved wedding dress shopping! I had great experiences at each store. Most of the stores were very much like SYTTD in that, we picked out a bunch to try on and the consultant pulled some in that she thought I would like. One store accessorized me for every single dress…which got to be a bit much, especially when I knew I didn’t like the dress. But the 1:1 attention was fabulous.

When I went to Priscillas of Boston (where I bought my dress), the consultant pulled in 2 at a time, I picked which one was the top and then she brought in another so I was only ever looking at 2 at a time. It actually made things a MILLION times easier that way.

It wasn’t until i found “the” dress that I brought other people besides my mom with me and that was actually a lot of fun 🙂 But it was stress free because I had already picked the dress.

Post # 13
1160 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Nope. I went once with my mom and sisters, mom got weepy but my one sis ended up goofing off with the veils and the other was all, “EW you don’t have any clothes on” while I was changing so not a lot of oohing there. I was glad for that, if they had been super emotional I would have felt so uncomfortable.

Post # 14
3977 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

None of my family is really the crying type.

I went first with my mom and found a couple that I liked but I wasn’t ready to make a decision. Went back with mom, sister, and best friend and found one that just worked and felt right. Tried on a few more and went back to the original one. I felt good about the decision and bought it. No crying. Good opinions but nothing crazy. It was sorta fun but I’m not really a center of attention person so it was a bit awkward.

Post # 15
3575 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think each bride has a very different experience and there’s nothing wrong with that.  For me, it was just my mom and we both knew immediately that I had on MY dress…I was beaming and she was crying.  But again, you don’t have to have those moments.  You’ll just know.

Post # 16
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I went to Kleinfeld’s to get my dress and it wasn’t even really a big Say Yes to the Dress moment. The only thing that came close is that Randy went up to me and asked what he asks every bride “How do you want to look on your wedding day?”

But other than him pulling my dress, it wasn’t really like anything on TV. My friends and I don’t really get emotional like the people do on the show.

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