Post # 1
I’m getting married on July 28 and so I’m in a time crunch and am going dress shopping on Wednesday!
I just went in a salon on saturday to see what they had and ended up trying on a dress that was NOTHING like what I’d been looking for. I went in with an a-line lacy-ish simple-ish dress in mind and they put me in Maggie Sottero Chadley! To be fair, it was the only sample they had in my size (16/18). I was completely positive I would NEVER wear a dress like that… and then I saw myself. OY! I looked 4 sizes smaller and tan and curvy and sexy and fun and didn’t notice my chubby arms and… well, you get it. The dress is so big, though. We are having a small church wedding and an outdoor lawn ceremony and the dress goes on and out for days! I couldn’t decide without trying anything else on, and I really think the dress is inappropriately enormous… but wow. I am SO encouraged for trying on other dresses now! I have the best Fiancee in the world and it will be the best day ever no matter what I wear, but I’m excited that I loved the first dress so much, and felt so great about myself in it.
ANYWAY, I said all that to say: when I’m dress shopping, what are the top do’s and don’ts? I’m only taking one person, and I’m going in with a budget of $1500. The chadley is still in the running (on sale plus buying the sample puts it in budget) but I still want to try on some of my original picks.
Post # 3
Keep doing what you’re doing – and be open-minded enough to try anything! You never know what will look amazing until you see it on you.
Post # 4
@mrskeysar: Definitely try on the gowns you had in mind! If there’s a trunk show (by a designer whose gowns you’re interested in) going on near you , go to it. They often give discounts and/or make little additions here and there that you might want for free. What I would advice is check the prices on two of the most reliable sites I know (bestbridalprices.com – many have told me about getting dresses from there and being completely satisfied – and RKBridal.com – my friend got her gown and our bridesmaid dresses for her wedding there and paid a lot less than what we would have paid at a regular bridal salon and they’re an authorized retailer for a lot of designers) before you try on gowns. That way, you have an idea of whether or not you’re being ripped off. Also, if you do end up choosing to buy directly from a bridal salon near you, ask to see if they cap their alterations at a certain price. Let me know if you need anything else! Good luck! 🙂
PS: With RK Bridal, there’s no tax on orders outside New York and shipping is free on gowns above $800. I got my gown during a trunk show and the price was only about 50 dollars higher than what RK would have charged, so I decided to just go with the salon, especially since they knew exactly what I wanted and were going to cap my alterations at 200.
Post # 5
Great ideas! I’ve thought about ordering online, but was nervous about quality. I’m glad to hear a good review! Thanks!!
Post # 6
@mrskeysar: Definitely do not hesitate ordering from RK! There was a slight mix-up with my order from the salon and I referred to the size chart on RK Bridal’s website before calling the salon up. I then called Enzoani to make sure I had the correct size chart and the girl there said, “If you got the size chart from RK, then that’s accurate because they’re one of our biggest retailers!” Good luck! And let me know if you have any more questions!
Post # 7
Ordered a bridesmaid dress from them this morning! They are located in MN, they were awesome to work with — had to do an “express rush” it was only $25 extra, free shipping…etc. I would not hesitate to go through them!
Post # 8
I got my dress!!! WOO HOOO!!!! I ended up going back to try the Maggie Sottero chadley on and it completely blew away all other dresses… but something was still not right. Even my mom said it was gorgeous but it just seemed out of proportion or something. Well, when I went back in the dressing room (sadly) to get out of it, I was holding it up to walk and looked in the mirror and literally said, “THIS!! THIS is what I want!!!” When I pulled the skirt up to be more of a rounded basque waist than the lower inverted v, it looked like I lost 10 pounds, and the dress was made for me! So we tucked the fabric under the longline bra I had on and I fell in love. Mom cried, I cried, the dress was more comfortable, flattering, lighter feeling… heaven! Everything I loved about it before, but the hesitation was gone. So I bought the sample (which fit beautifully) and am going back to have the crenoline removed, the waistline raised, and the appliques reset. I’m sooo excited!! Plus, I HATE my upper arms, but this dress completely obliterated all thought of them. With the veil you can hardly even notice them, and without the veil, the dress is so stunning you don’t notice either. I finally got to be a strapless bride! OH, and if I didn’t lose ONE MORE POUND before my wedding day, I’d be totally happy. What a relief!! Now any weight loss is just a bonus. The dress was originally $2099 and I got it for $1460! Not too shabby. And worth every penny.
Oh yeah, and my DB experience was a nightmare, as expected. The consultant was nice, but she was by herself and I wasn’t the only person with an appt.. and on a wednesday morning, 6 other people showed up and she had to help EVERY SINGLE ONE. Several times we (the brides) were helping each other out of dresses and my mom helped one girl in to one. It sucked. And the quality of the dresses was nothing compared to my Maggie. So glad I don’t have to stress over delivery or sizing or incorrect orders. I got my salon experience at the other shop WITHOUT an appointment, and with three brides there and only two consultants, I felt like the only girl who had ever gotten married in the whole world. Worth it!!!!
Sooo happy ladies! Thanks again for all your help!
Here’s the before and (semi) after of the bodice. Obviously won’t be so bulky at bottom of waist once fabric is removed instead of tucked underneath, but I LOVE IT!
and from every angle
Post # 9
@mrskeysar: That was my dress in NOvember 2011. Bought it out the catalog and never regretted it.