(Closed) How long did it take you to find "The Dress"?

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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I started looking on the Dutch Craigslist, since I didn’t want to spend a fortune on a dress. After three dresses (one definite no, two OK ones), my mom said I needed to make an appointment in a bridal store, just to get a feel for what silhouettes fit me well and what kind of look I’m going for. Which sounded sensible enough.

 

So I made an appointment, had an amazing saleswoman, and five dresses and a couple of tears and champagne later, I had found my dress – no doubt possible! And definitely not what I expected, I really thought I would be able to keep my cool 🙂 Now I can’t WAIT until my dress comes in and until I get to wear it for the most important day in my life (so far)!

 

And sorry, but not sharing pictures – if my Fiance (and family members) can’t see it, then neither can a bunch of strangers on the internet 😉

Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I went shopping with my maid of honor- we were in 3 bridal stores in 4 hours and in the last store, I found “the dress”. I tried on about 8 dresses in total. I think maybe my tip would be to go to mutiple stores with the same person 🙂

Post # 4
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Worker bee

It took me around a week and a half going to 7 stores hah! Tired on countless dresses, I was looking for something a little less traditional I guess.  Until the last store almost every dress I trie on felt a bit like playing ‘dress up’.  But once I got to the last store I really loved all of the dresses there and found my dress!  

Cimerone: Do you know what kind of dress/style you’re looking for?

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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Cimerone:  For me I went to Alfred Angelo tried on mostly different styles until everyone cried and the associate started putting me in similar styles, which were not at all what I wanted. Then a month or so later my mom visited me and we went to three salons, the last was an added attempt to find the brand I had fallen in love with. Over all I probably tried on 30-40 dresses in two days of shopping an 4 salons.

I say give David’s Bridal another shot with a different consultant. Be honest and tell them you really don’t know what you’re looking for and could use some help figuring out what silhouettes you like and go from there! 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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Cimerone:  I think I got mine after about 15-20 dresses of many different styles (because I knew sometimes you go in thinking you want one thing and find you really want another!). We went to about three stores in all. I was dead set on two dresses originally that once I put them on, I completely hated! I ended up choosing something that I had just seen on the rack that I thought looked nice and was pleasently suprised when I put it on!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

It took me months…. But I was also looking and bought a dress before I was engaged.

when I bought my first dress I tried on probably about 8-10 During two appointments. That doesn’t include the countless others I’ve tried on.

I had regret and I saw a different dress and knew it was mine. I made an appointment, tried on one dress that I thought was pretty but I couldn’t get my mind of the other. I saved it for last and it was definitely it. So 2 dresses that time. It comes in next month and I’m soooo excited!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I was lucky. Mine was the first dress I tried on. One store. One appointment. 

Tried on the first one and loved how I looked in it but was told to try on more – which I totally understood. Tried on two more in the dressing room and either hated them or I hated it. I tried on another one that I wanted to show my mum (and at that point one of my BMs and her mum turned up). I LOVED the skirt but not the top. 

Mum told me to put the first one back on which, surprisingly, I didn’t love as much. But by this point I was hot and sweaty and my underwear was starting to get bunched up and caused bunches in my skirt. However, the ladies at the shop then told me that while I loved the other skirt, I could add more tulle and make it more floaty. 

Once I knew that, I was pretty much sold. But I still hadn’t had “that moment”. 

The ladies then suggested sleeves since I’m a bit conscious of my bust and when they added the sleeves, we all started crying. And I was done looking! 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

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Cimerone:  I kind of did the same thing. Went to David’s without a freaking clue except that I brought a few pictures of lace sheath/a-line dresses that I found online that I liked. I tried on about 8 or 9 of those types of dresses and was like no, no, no. I was ready to give up but then the consultant convinced me to try a few ballgowns and I FELL IN LOVE (with two, actually). I picked one and bought it that day. Did you try every style, even the ones you thought you would never like?

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had my heart absolutley set on a specific dress I sawe online. I never liked any other dresses I saw so was really worried it wouldn’t look good and I’d be screwed. 

My mom and I went to a store just so I could try on silhouettes and get an idea of what looked good/bad on me. I think I tried on 6 here. 

Then I went to one store with my mom and BM’s to try on dreses. I tried on 4-5 dresses then I tried on the one I LOVED and it worked!!! Crisis averted and it was my dress (even though my SIL hated it). 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

5 dress and 45 minutes. In and out of the store in an hour

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I found mine at the first store I went to, I had an amazing consultant.  I still went to another store after finding “the one” just to make sure I wasn’t missing out on anything.  I would suggest trying a differnt store other than Davids, find a consultant that understands what will look good on your figure and not one that just pulls the pictures you are showing her.  Also, be willing to try anything on!  Even if it is not what you were looking for, you never know how it will look.  Worst case is you say no.  My dress was not anything I said I wanted but i trusted my consultant and when I put it on I knew It was the one!  Happy shopping!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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Cimerone:  It might have been the store, not you.  I had a horrible experience at David’s Bridal & would never recommend it.  I know lots of brides have a very different experience than mine.  My local DB was awful.

After I got over the anxiety my trip to DB left me with, it took me one day to find a dress.  I’m not a believer in the concept of “the one” in any capacity.  So it took me one day to find a dress that I liked, was comfortable in, could get in time & was not more money than I wanted to spend.  If I had more time I might have shopped another day.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

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Cimerone:  I thought I knew what I wanted, so when I went to the store I asked for the one dress I had in mind and thought I’d be done…but it just wasn’t right for me. However, the person working there suggested I try on a few different styles and I fell in love with the very next dress I slipped on. I put on a couple more, but kept comparing them to that other dress, so I knew I found what I wanted. In all, I was there about 20 minutes and left with my dress in hand. I’ve had it since September and I get to do my first fitting this weekend after some minor alterations.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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Cimerone:  I started going to salons about a month and a few weeks after we got engaged, once we had a few vendors booked and the date set – so ordering a dress was needed. I looked at various salons (7 of them to be exact) for a couple weeks before I went back to salon #3 and purchased my dress.

3 were in my city, 3 were salons about an hour away, and one was in a city 3.5 hours away that I was about to go to when I went to visit my sister. I don’t even know how many dresses I tried on, but probably 5-6 (or more) at each store). I knew the style I was looking for, and the price range – but just needed to find the one that I felt was the best.

My mom and I first went browsing at some of the ones in town, before I called to make appointments. This way, i could see what styles/designers they did carry and their price range. I think that helped a little bit, and got some jitters out of the way – it definitely was a big experience!

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