(Closed) How did you choose?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
10454 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Keep looking! I shopped forever and ended up trying probably 100+ dresses but always felt like I’d be settling – I’d want something changed, didn’t like the way it would bustle, etc. I got one dress custom made and ended up not liking it. So I sold it and kept shopping until I found an awesome dress. Luckily I started early! I didn’t have any crying moment or anything, but I thought I looked fantastic in the new dress so that sealed the deal. 

Post # 4
8141 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i do love my dress and happy i picked it but could i have found something better if i continued to look, probably.

i went to 5 bridal shops and was tired on trying on dresses.


Post # 5
4442 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@BirdieNY:  I only went to one bridal shop, but I knew it looked best on me and it would be hard to find something better.  It was one I had considered when browsing online and it was in the budget so… WIN!

Post # 6
526 posts
Busy bee

I wasn’t happy with my body, so I’m not sure if I would have found something better at the time.


I liked it, and my mom cried.

Post # 7
3417 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

I bought a dress I liked and that I thought I wanted and one day I was sitting around thinking about my wedding day and envisioning what I thought I should look like and the dress I envisioned did not match what I bought at all.  My previous dress was Taffeta material and kind of plain.

The new dress was all lace.  So I went online and searched my favorite dress designers website for all her lace dresses to see what she had and FELL IN LOVE with a lace dress.  I couldn’t get it out of my head.  I ended up with dress regret, luckily sold my first dress and could afford my 2nd dress.

My advice is wait to see what is out there.  You have plenty of time to find your dress.  Start by envisioning what you want your wedding to be like and how your attire fits into that.  Start from there.  DO NOT buy a dress you like but don’t love.  You might end up with dress regret like I did.  Good luck, you’ll find a dress.

Post # 8
504 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I tried on more than 70 dresses. I finally just narrowed it down to features that I really wanted and searched until I found the one that had all the things that I wanted. It gets easier the more you look because you can walk into to store and say- no pick ups, no satin, no ruching, no bling, etc it really makes it easier for the consultants. By the end, I would call in advance and say do you have any dresess that are lace, with straps, mermaid, shorter train, no beading? and you could really get in and out fast- you need to make a list of exactly what you want and don’t want

Post # 9
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I bought the first dress I tried on!  I actually said to my mom and salon owner, jokingly, that I should stop there.  But I did try on 5 more just to make sure.  The one I bought fit me perfectly, had the right length train, was the style I wanted, and right on budget!  I’m not one to keep mulling over dresses.  I was so happy with my dress and glad it was an easy, stress free time.

Post # 10
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@BirdieNY:  Hello! i went to 3 bridal stores and tried on about 16 dresses. I did have that ‘moment’ however a lot of bees on here did not have that moment. It was rather rationale for others. I think if you are happy in the dress, dont want to take it off, feel like a bride, your comfortable, and you can see yourself in that dress the day of the wedding, those are some inclinations that its the right dress for you. 

 I say since you do have so much time, keep looking but if you do not find one that you absolutely LOVE, then by the 8 month mark I’d say choose a dress that you liked the most. It may mean going back to the stores and trying them on.

Good luck & keep us posted!

Post # 11
882 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It choose me!  

My mom, aunt and cousin came to NYC and we had apointments at Saks and Kleinfelds. I went into Saks wanting to try this dress on—and the sales lady said I wouldn’t like it, but she put it on me anyway, and she was right, it was…meh:

Then she said “I have your dress,” and brought out this one for me to try on second:

and before she even zipped it up, I knew it was THE one. I love fashion, and I thought I’d want to try on hundreds of dresses and have a tough time deciding on my wedding dress because I love them so much and am indecisive…but I surprised myself and never once questioned my decision! 

We still had to go to Kleinfelds since they would charge me if I didn’t show up, but not anything they had came close. I often wonder if I went to Kleinfelds first how I would have felt, because I was definitely nervous about not being able to find the perfect dress, but I think when you find your dress—you know. We literally ran staight out of Kleinfelds and back up to Saks to buy her, and the sales girl said:”I knew you’d be back!” 

When you find it you’ll know. Give it time and don’t stress! Good luck! 

Post # 12
11328 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@BirdieNY: You just haven’t found the one yet, you will do though and you’ll know it for sure. My advice – just keep trying them on, because you can

Post # 13
11328 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@NurseMandie: Love your lace dress, it’s stunning

Post # 14
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I never got “the feeling”. I knew it was the one because I had picked it out in 2 separate places not even realizing it was the same dress until I put it on. I put a white version of the dress on a 2nd time for my BMs to see then we went to other places just to make sure we covered our bases, and none of the other ones were as flattering or felt as right. We went back to the shop where I would eventually buy my dress in ivory, and one of my BMs cried. The more times I tried it on, the more it felt like mine. 

Post # 15
8993 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I picked the dress I liked best. I didn’t have an “Omfg I’m going to cry and jump up and down squealing like somebody is shaving my legs with a vegetable peeler”, I just went, “I like this one best.” Bam. It was mine.

Post # 16
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@BirdieNY:  I had “the feeling”.  The one that I ended up choosing isn’t even the one that everyone else liked best…but I knew I had to get it.

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