(Closed) How long did you look for wedding gowns?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@erw4338:  I had my “its the one” moment when I saw a picture of my dress online. I had to get the dress out on loaner from another salon just to try it on… and I am so glad I did. It was absolutely “the one”.

 

Don’t get discouraged though. It took me MONTHS of scrolling through dresses to put together what I liked. Honestly, the best thing I can think of is to find which style of dress looks best on you and what you feel best in, and then just go through sites like The Knot and look through dresses of that particular style.

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I went on Black Friday to a 50% off sale. Tried on 3 dresses, bought the third, went home. Didn’t have any kind of moment, to me it’s just a dress and I’ll probably just sell it after. Before getting engaged I was so hyped to go dress shopping, then it was kinda just ehh.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

i never went shopping- a friend linked me to the dress before i was engaged saying it had me written all over it. I’ve made a few changes to it, but i haven’t even considered looking for anything else.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I got engaged December 23, 2012 and went on my first dress shopping trip just about one month later. My dress was the first one I tried on! I tried on a few others after to be sure/fair, and kept comparing everything to that first one. I didn’t expect it to happen to quickly! I thought I’d be looking for a few weeks at least before I’d find the one. You never know what can happen – sometimes these things just fall into your lap!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I didn’t even start to look at dresses until about 7 months before my wedding, and I actually only visited one salon. I abruptly figured out that the prices were crazy, and the selection (at least at the place I went) was crappy to say the least, so I went online exclusively to find something.

I looked online for probably 2 months to find something perfect within my price range, and when I saw the dress I really loved I was surprised I loved it so much, but it wasn’t what I was originally aiming for. I got my $1,000+ couture dress for $250, and it will come to about $500 after alterations (very extensive, which explains the price hike).

So, I ended up buying my dress about 4 months before my wedding, and in plenty of time. When I actually tried the dress on for the first time I was a bit underwhelmed, but I expect much of that way due to how wrinkled it was, and the poor fit (and my fat a$$ before I started working out lol).

I’m not sure I believe an “ah-ha” moment happens for everyone, as it didn’t exactly happen for me, but my dress is still lovely 🙂

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I didn’t really have my “it’s the one!” moment either.  I went to one bridal store and tried on several dresses.  One of them stood out to my mom and my sister, and I liked the fit of it too.  The sample was in an odd color (rose w/ a brown sash) though, and I wasn’t brave enough to order it in ivory and gold (which I did end up getting!) without seeing it in person.  I went home and looked up salons that carried the brand of my dress, called until I found a store with a sample in my color, went the following weekend to try it on, and I LOVED it!  My dress is gorgeous, but I just didn’t have my “ah-ha” moment…and I’m pretty confident that I wouldn’t have if I would have continued dress shopping.  When I put on the one that I ordered, my mom and sister both cried.  That’s how I decided??

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My dress was the third or fourth one I tried, on my first shopping trip. It was an unplanned shopping trip (I was with my MOH looking for *her* dress), the store was empty, so I decided to try on a few. When I put it on, I just knew – there was no way around it. I definitely had the “ah ha” moment of giddy excitement.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Ummm 11 months for me. With one failed buy!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I shopped online for months and months. I’m pretty sure I looked at every dress on the Internet! I knew the style that would look good on me( and I would feel comfortable in). So I narrowed it down to about 8 dresses. The day after I got engaged I went shopping at a local salon. There just happened to be a sample sale that day and one of my dream dresses was there at over 75%off. I tried on a few other dressed at the salon, but none made me feel the way my dress did. The consultant “jacked me up” with a veil and jewelry and I knew it was the one. I’m definitely not an impulsive person and usually take forever to make decisions. However, it just felt like it was meant to be since the sample fit perfectly, was the color I wanted, and was over 75% off. So while I only technically went shopping once, I definitely did my research beforehand. 

Don’t get discouraged! There is a dress out there that is perfect for you. Some brides just have to look a little longer than others. My suggestion would be to figure out the silhouette and details(material, neckline, train length) and then go from there. It’s easier to have only a few dresses to choose from that meet your criteria than looking through seas of thousands of different dresses

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I got engaged in April 2012 and started looking that July…I finally made my decision in November 2012…I was EXTREMELY picky, but made sure I started early enough because I wanted to order at or around the year mark…lol #analbrideTongue Out

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

& I never cried when I said “YES” lol I didn’t have the omg this is it moment…

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@erw4338:  I found my dress at my first appointment at a bridal salon. I did indeed have the “this is THE dress” moment. I tried on a few after that one but I  couldn’t wait to put that one back on. So I then knew it was the one. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I fell in love with my dress when I saw it online. I waited until I was engaged to go try it on and right away knew it really was the one. I bought it that day.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I went to a bridal boutique to try on some random dresses for shapes 2 years ago and did not think much of it… I found down that trumpet or mermaid would suit me the most…

Two months ago I saw a really good deal for Molly by Monique Lhuillier online and just bought it without even tried it on… Then that was it… Needless to say, I did not have the “this is it” moment when you try on THE DRESS… Neither did my mother or sisters/girl friends went dress shopping with me… Is that weird?

 

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