(Closed) How in the world to pick a dress?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1004 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

my advice is this…


#1. go several times, at least three and three different salons if you can find them in your area before you commit


#2 try on things that have what you like and consider the exact opposite of what you don’t like because I said no ball gowns, and i bought a ball gown so it happens lol


and #3 go back as many times as youneed before you commit.  After each appointment look at the pics you took of yourself in each dress, and weigh the pros and cons of each. Take supportive people with you, or consider going alone if someone is being pushy about what THEY think you should wear.


I wished I had known this before shopping…I purchased my first gown last year right out the gates of being engaged and ended up a year later having major dress regret and guilt because I had dress regret, …I found the dress that was meant to be but at the cost of having a first dress to sell and I’m alreayd losing $ on it.

Post # 4
6226 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

They usually don’t give you enough time in the salon to try on more than 8-10, so staying for hours shouldn’t be a problem =)

In terms of narrowing the dress selection from the start, I would suggest that you think about the formality and season of your wedding. For instance, I am having a relatively formal, but not black tie, wedding in august. I told my consultants from the beginning that I wouldn’t want anything really heavy, or that was satin, because I didn’t want it to be too hot. 

From looking at dresses, have you picked out some design elements that you really do or do not like? I told my consultants that I preferred the dresses to have straps and lace, and made it clear that I didn’t want allover beading, full on mermaids, plain a-lines, pickups, bulky rouching, open backs (aka ones I couldn’t wear any sort of bra with), or ruffles. That narrowed my choices considerably.

But it’s really a matter of trying on a bit of everything that you like and deciding what you like and in what combination. And try on a bunch of dresses before you buy!

Post # 5
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I ended up loving the dress I liked the least online.  I figured it matched the idea of the dress I wanted but it just didn’t grab my attention.  As soon as my mom finished lacing the corset I said “Oh momma.”  We all knew it was THE dress even when I tried on two more to make sure that was it.

Post # 6
8471 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I knew exactly the style I wanted. Since you don’t know yet, try 1 of each style & take it from there. 

You may try on almost 100 dresses to find the one. But when you find it, you’ll just know. 

Post # 8
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

the bees gave good advice….i say try on different silhouettes to see what looks best on your body but try to narrow down aspects of things you like and dont like in a dress. (ie. i like ruching, tulle, beading, sweetheart neckline; and i dont like lace, satin, pickups)

You may also want to think about what matches your personality or how you want to feel on your wedding day. For instance, I did not want a traditional dress; i wanted something classy and romantic.

I would make a list and maybe pick out some pictures to be able to go over it with your consultant. And sleep on your decision. I went to 3  bridal stores and i did something I told myself i wouldnt, i bought the dress i loved on the spot. I dont regret my dress, but i wish I would of waited until i went to 2 more bridal stores to commit to something…

I am also petite, 5 feet 105lbs and i ended up with a fit-n-flare/trumphet type dress. Also, i liked some other dresses….but i LOVED my dress…you will know once you have your dress on. – Good Luck!

Post # 9
306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

i went once to get an idea of shape. then looked on line at different brands etc then liked lots of mori lee so went a shop that stocked lotsa mori lee fishtail. then i got it down to 2 chose the comfyest light weight for in the heat. then decided i could try on and try on for more months and get more confused. instead i though i love it and dont think i can do any better. i didnt cry or anything. it just felt like it was me in a dress version. young and fun. and i have no regrets. only seen 1 dress i prefer to mine in the last 6 months and i couldnt afford it any way!x

Post # 10
4436 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Take your time and try on a lot of different silhouettes and styles- even if you think you don’t like them! They look a lot different on than they do when hanging on the rack. You might be able to narrow it down to a silhouette you like, then decide on fabric which will really narrow down the search!

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