(Closed) How long did it take you to say YES to the dress?

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Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

 

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ellagrace:  Sorry, what I mean by “order it in” was they were able to “borrow” a sample from the designer so that I could try it on before I made the commitment to purchase it. I did try it on, it was the last dress I tried on.

Post # 17
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Try other salons! Keep in mind bridal salons (especially smaller ones) reflect the owner’s tastes and what they think is going to sell, so look until you find one that matches up with your style.

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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ellagrace:  It took me about 12-15 in one day (we went to about 3 shops). We ended up going to Alfred Angelo’s in between my two other appointments and to my delight, they were more than willing to throw me in a bunch of dresses despite being swamped! The dress I put on, I sort of had that feeling but I knew I’d had another appointment later in the day with a dress I had been waiting a year to try on! So I passed on this dress, went and put on the other one and thought “This is it!” and said yes to the obsession dress.

I ended up going home later that night and looked at pics of me in both dresses and I knew I made a mistake. I had fallen in love with the much plainer one at Alfred Angelo’s…it was just way more “me” and fit like a glove! The obsession dress was beautiful…but it overpowered me when I was in it. The Alfred dress I ended up picking absolutely feels perfect and I wouldn’t change it! I definitely got the “this is the one!” feeling in it! Good luck in your search, and try things on that you might not even have thought of…you could be suprised!

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I went to 3 places.  The first place, I tried on probably about 20 dresses.  I found one I really loved, but I wasn’t ready to purchase on my first shopping trip. 

The second place, was kind of a consignment type place.  The first floor had new dresses, the second floor had consignment dresses.  I tried on one of the new dresses, loved it, and once again wanted to sleep on it because I couldn’t make a decision that day between this dress and the one from my first dress shopping outing. 

The third place I went to was a huge bridal outlet, I tried on maybe 5-6 dresses, didn’t love any of them, and even found myself comparing the dresses to the one I tried on at the consignment shop. 

The following week, I went back to the consignment shop with my mom, tried the dress on again, tried on a veil, my mom cried, and just knew it was the one.  

FWIW, I had a very clear vision of what I wanted my dress to look like, satin, A-line or Mermaid, no lace, no bling…and I have no regrets on my dress.  

Post # 20
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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ellagrace:  Umm, I think I went to three stores in all. I went back to the first store I tried, pulled my top three with two of my bridemaids there, and picked one. It was actually originally my second choice dress, but I’m still in love with it regardless.

Post # 21
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

1 month. I tried my dress on the first time I went dress shopping but had to take time to think about it and look at other options. came back for it 4 weeks later 🙂

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I was like you!!  To be honest, you may never have that “moment”.  It took me five appointments, I went over budget, and I second-guessed afterwards.  My advice?  Take one person, go in the middle of a weekday (salons slowest time) and before walking out in each dress, take a min to evaluate it yourself.  I walked out in dresses I shouldn’t have (I didn’t like them but my family did) and I walked out in ones I loved that my family vetoed because I didn’t speak up.  The day I finally landed on a dress, I went with only my mom, in the middle of a tuesday, and went to a salon with 2 hour long appointments so I would not feel rushed.  It was perfect this way!  I made sure I did not come out in ones that were not in the running for me, and I only showed my mom ones that I was actually considering.  I never had that blubbering moment, but when I put on the one I bought, I stood in the dressing room for like five min and finally was like yup, this is it.  I just knew.  But if you chase that moment you see on say yes to the dress, it just may never happen.  Some of us just aren’t like that! 

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

One hour. I had one afternoon to shop with my mom in law to be, and although I wasn’t intending on buying, I was open to buying if I found something that wowed me. Went to Salado, and after 4 or 5 dresses, I tried on, there was a gorgeous organza gown in ivory with crystals on the bodice. It was the one. 760 ish with taxes. I spent more time trying to find the perfect birdcage veil to go with it.. and now I’m wondering if I should wear some cowboy boots under my dress since we are getting ‘hitched’ in Texas in a rural setting. Suffice to say, I can’t wait to wear it!! 

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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ellagrace:  my advice would be to try something totally different. i was engaged for a year before i bought my dress, and i always tried on lace mermaids, some tulle, but always mermaids, and i never found one that i had that feeling in. 

then i went to a shop with my moh and at the verrrrry end of the appointment tried on a full skirted natural waist tulle and lace gown – and boom – i bought it! it was not what i had pictured, but i realised after that there was a reason i could never find the right lace mermaid, and why i was always hesitant. i really wanted that classic, traditional look. so try on a different silhouette! you might surprise yourself. 

also – don’t expect tlc waterworks. i didn’t cry at all – but i love the dress and can’t wait to wear it! don’t expect the dress to be perfect in EVERY way – you can alter a bustline, add/take away crinoline etc. add a sash, etc. 

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I tried on 3 at DB and couldn’t find one that I liked. Then on a whim I decided to go to a bridal outlet the next day on my own just to get an idea of what I wanted. The moment I saw my dress hanging up on the rack was it for me. I tried on like 2 other dresses there but I was in love with the dress I ultimately bought at first sight.

Post # 26
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Busy bee

I tried on a lot of dresses – over 60 I’m sure. I just couldn’t decide whether I wanted a fit and flare or a ballgown. I said yes to the dress at a trunk show – if it hadn’t been a trunk show with a discount, I would’ve gone home and thought about it. I over-analyze everything and this is a huge decision! It was really hard for me to imagine what it would look like because the sample was in a sherbert color and was really torn up.  I kind of had a moment- my consultant held up the too big white version of my dress up to my body and I had a huge smile and said I wouldn’t want to take it off. However, afterwards in the following weeks, I wasn’t sure I made the right choice, and sometimes I’m still not sure. But my dress comes in next month and I’m hoping I love it!! Good luck in your search!

Post # 27
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I started looking in September I believe, and my wedding is this upcoming October. At the time, although I was honestly trying to find something, in the back of my head I still “had over a year” to maybe find the perfect dress in a new collection, to find a good deal, etc. 

 

I have tried on about 30 dresses and I’m only slightly closer to finding my dress. I have learned that I don’t want a ballgown or a sheath, but something in the middle like a fit and flare or A-line. That’s about it. I also like to know the price on each dress, because I am getting married while starting my first semester in pharmacy school (booked the venue before I even applied to school) so I am on a tighter budget I feel and I can’t say “yes” comfortably without feeling I am getting a great value and am 100% happy with the investment. However, this makes for an awkward appointment so I’ve been avoiding going back out. 

 

I’m not sure I will ever find it, but I am giving myself until March. 

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