How long before you found your gown?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

Congratulations on your engagement bee! You must be very excited, and rightly so 🙂

My wedding isn’t until October next year but I started dress shopping early (Feb this year). I went to three bridal stores – the first one by myself and the next two with close friends – on all three occasions I had zero expectations to buy. At all stores I found dresses that I liked so I thought this was going to be a difficult decision! It was at the third store where I decided tried on the gown that caught my eye in the window (I think it was the fourth dress I put on in that store?) that I chose in the end, because I could imagine myself walking down the aisle in that gown and saying my vows to my man. It also made me feel beautiful and I didn’t want to take it off!

I guess my advice would be to go to each appointment with an open mind, tell/show your consultant gowns that you like the look of, and if your consultant has a good eye, he/she will be able to recommend materials and silhouettes that you never thought you’d like! I envisioned myself in a A-line gown with tulle but ended up with a lacey fit and flare 🙂

Keep in mind that the sample gown and the actual gown orderd and altered to your body looks vastly different (to me anyway) and I love my actual gown so much more than the day I bought it!

Best of luck and have fun dress hunting!

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I went to 3 places and probably tried on 10-12 dresses 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I went two places. About 20 dresses. When I put mine on I just kind of knew. Without seeing myself in the mirror, I knew I knew I loved it. There was one dress I still loved but wasn’t sure, my friend took pictures so we looked at them and it sealed the deal I went with my gut. 

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I visited one salon. I got there in the morning and tried on several dresses, and found one I really liked. We went to lunch and I thought about it some more, went back after lunch and ordered it.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I went to one place. I tried on at least twenty dresses. They all were super heavy and revealing, and then I tried on my dress and it was light and modest. I was sold immediately.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

Went to three places, got the fourth dress from the third store. I think I tried on 20 in total, of differing silhouettes and materials. I knew it was *the* one because I felt beautiful, could imagine myself walking down the aisle and saying my vows, and did not want to take it off.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

Ugh, I went to literally every dress shop in and around town with no luck, so I ended up going almost 2 hours out of town to find one! Granted, I’m a small budget bride yet had very specific tastes, so it’s partially my own fault for being picky.  But, I finally managed to find a dress that was easily alterable into my dream gown in a small close-out/discount shop, so despite the discouraging start, it still ended well! 

What annoyed me the most (and wasted so much of my time) were dress consultants who would put me in everything I specifically said I didn’t want. If they don’t have the dress style I like in stock, I wish they would just tell me up front.  

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

I don’t really think there’s only ONE dress you’ll love and look great in, so I didn’t stress about finding the perfect dress at all. (Also, I had a really low budget, so I knew I wouldn’t be able to afford anything in a salon anyway.) I went to one salon and tried on about 10 dresses in very different styles. My friends, my mom and sister, my Mother-In-Law and SIL, and I all agreed that one particular style looked best on me. Then I searched on Tradesy about a week later and found my dress. It had everything we loved about the dress I had tried on, and it was in my budget. So I’d say it took about a week or two to find my dress, though I certainly could have searched longer, but I’m not sure if I would have found anything else that looked similar, was in my size, and fit my budget.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I went shopping twice and tried on around 20 dresses I think. I liked almost all of them. I wasn’t expecting to like anything on myself so it was really surprising. The reason my dress was “my dress” was because it was an Alfred Angelo sample gown and the price was too amazing to pass up. I love it and felt so beautiful in it. Other things I had to start asking myself since I liked every dress were things like… Is it comfortable? Can I sit in it? Is it heavy? Etc. My dress ticked all the boxes.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

I went to 3 places and probably tried on 10 dresses at each…also looked around at David’s Bridal but didn’t try anything on.  After the first two stores I was miserable because I felt like there were two dresses everyone else was trying to persuade me to get, and while they were pretty, there were just things about them I wasn’t happy with.  One looked good but wasn’t the style I wanted at all, and the other was the style I wanted but didn’t have enough structure. I went to the third store alone, and I knew I was going to want “my” dress the moment the salesperson brought it to me. It was actually an off-the-rack dress in my size and half the price of everything else I was looking at, but originally costed twice as much.  It had everything I was looking for and the price was great, so I was sold. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I would consider myself to be very picky but I found my dress at my very first appointment, I loved it before I even had it on and saw myself in the mirror. But it was very expensive and not a style I thought I wanted. So I made a further 8 appointments to see what else was out there that I liked more or was possibly cheaper. I went back to the original salon and purchased my dress 6 months later.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I went to four shops. It was a bit hard to find something within my budget. I thought I found the dress at the first store I went to, but looking at pictures later on I realized I didn’t really like it. It took a bit to figure out the style I liked best on me, once I figured that out, it made things a lot easier.

Post # 13
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Helper bee

I tried on three, before choosing one. However all my choices were vintage secondhand and I found them across a one year period.

Post # 14
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Helper bee

I went to two shops, first shop found a dress that seemed like a contender but the front was not me. Second shop I took my mom, we tried a few silhouettes and the 5-7 dress in that store was the one. I wasn’t too picky though and was careful to stay within my budget. 

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