Post # 1
So my Maid/Matron of Honor and I went shopping for a dress about 5 months ago. After a month I thought I found it. I loved it at the time, I thought it was exactly what I wanted. So I bought it. Then things changed..we had to push the wedding back a year due to funds and we decided to go from an elegant dinner venue wedding to an informal garden one. That’s when I realized I had come to hate my dress as well. Ugh.
Luckily DB agreed to look at it and, if it looks like it hasn’t been worn or altered (I haven’t touched it since I bought it), they’ll take it back and give me one for equal or more value. I have an appointment to look at different dresses in a week, but the fiance and I went to three different bridal salons to see if I could find one that popped.
There were some beautiful dresses, but absolutely none of them, in any of the styles or brands, popped. There was a more understated, simple yet elegant piece, that my mind lingered on and that my fiance loved, but not anything that I could see myself in on my big day.
I DID, however, find my veil. My sales assistant brought out this veil that made my heart stop and it’s simple enough that it can go with any dress, but still gorgeous.
I just see so many brides in these stunning gowns and want that dress that I know I just have to have. I still have 8 months until I need to decide (I want my dress at least at the year mark) which is a while, but after so many deesses I just feel burned out.
Post # 3
@marinesfiance: Since you have so much time, why don’t you just take a MAJOR break from dresses. Don’t look at any… and then in the Spring (or even next Fall), start looking for dresses again when the new lines come out.
Good luck! You will find your dress 🙂
Post # 4
Just realized I forgot to answer your original question – I visited 4 bridal shops (and went back to 2 of them twice) before I decided on my dress. I think my journey lasted about 3 months. Every time I went to a shop I thought I had found “the one” but I would hold off buying to go home and think about it — and then I would look up the dress online and hate it! haha, I am very indecisive. I finally narrowed it down to two dresses, found a shop that had both so I could try them on back to back– and there was a clear winner between the two. I started looking in April and I ordered my dress in early July for my June 2014 wedding.
Post # 5
I went to 2 dress shops and tried on 5 dresses each. When I was sure I’d found the right one, I went back one more time to the store to show my mom and sister. In total, it probably took about 2-3 weeks. Very fast!
Post # 6
I went to a sale on Black Friday, found a dress on sale and bought it. It was the third dress I tried on, first time looking. I didn’t want to stress over it and after awhile there’s so many dresses you just have to pick one.
Post # 7
So far I have gone to 5…no luck yet
Post # 8
I fell in love with the first dress I tried on…so about 15 minutes
Post # 9
I found my dress at the fifth store I went to. I found two dresses before mine that I swore I loved but couldn’t pull the trigger — one had no lace, and I just couldn’t get married without a lace dress, and the other was super lacy, sparkly, with gobs of tulle, and I didn’t want to be a cupcake. The whole process took about 2.5 months. I probably tried on close to 150 dresses.
While I was thinking about the dress that would later become mine (it was on sale that week for a trunk show), my mom said yes for me and placed a deposit over the phone and told me later. I loved the dress so much, there were a few sweet coincidences that happened when I tried on it (“signs”), but the price was higher than I could commit to (even though she was buying). I was so relieved when she said screw it and committed for me.
Dress shopping is hard.
Post # 12
My dress was the second dress I tried on at the second shop (the first store was just a David’s Bridal to get an idea of what style/shape I liked). However, after I found the dress I did keep looking just to be sure. I went to another designer store and back to that store twice to try on new dresses that came in and my dress again. The whole process probably took 6 months (I’m also an out of town bride and only look at dresses with my mom when I was home)