(Closed) How long did you shop before deciding?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
2009 posts
Buzzing bee

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ShoeGal89:  About an hour lol! I tried on 4 dresses and chose #3.

Post # 3
7414 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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ShoeGal89:  I went back to DB 3 times trying my dress and a few others.  My dress always won. I ordered it on my third visit.

Post # 4
12326 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I went on one shopping trip, Running of the Brides, and bought it after trying on about 10-15 dresses maybe.

Post # 5
2247 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

A little over an hour. Tried on 8 dresses, bought the third. I’m glad I only went to one shop, I felt the dresses all started to look the same. 

Post # 6
994 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I didn’t expect to get my dress on the first shopping trip but I tried on 7 or 8 dresses and picked the 3rd.  I actually tried on my dress 3 times to make sure…once the initial time, then again without the crinoline to see if I liked it, and again with the crinoline back in because I didn’t like it without.  

Post # 7
677 posts
Busy bee

My first day shopping! I had some extra time before my first dress appointment at DB, so I went to another store to see if I could get in. It was a Thursday afternoon so I was able to look around. I picked out some dress (maybe 4) to try on. The person helping me (who happens to own and design his own dresses as well) was asking me about what I was looking for and he picked out a dress for me try on. It was theeee dress! 

I finshed my time there and went to David’s to see if there was anything I liked there. Everything I tried on there seemed so cheap in comparison and I didn’t like anything.

I went back to the first shop, and bought my dress that day! I even got to take it home as they keep many dresses in stock. They took it right out of the bag for me, so I got a never worn dress, and because it was in stock I got a 20% discount!!

Post # 8
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

It took about 2-3 weeks for me to find my dress. Note I made appointments only on weekends.

I don’t think it hurts to shop around some more, but I would call the bridal shop in advance and ask them if they have dresses within your budget. 

I shopped around after I found “my dress” because I knew I had plenty of time to order it. I just wanted the dress shopping experience. I had a lot of fun trying on dresses. Also, I didn’t want to regret not trying on more dresses before picking one out. 

I change my mind a lot, so continuing the dress shopping experience worked best for me. I always found myself thinking about the dress I originally loved and eventually came back to it when I was hitting the 9 month mark.

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Post # 9
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

Another first day purchase here. I actually went shopping to David’s Bridal the day after Christmas last year (we’d gotten engaged Dec. 21) because it was important to have my mom with me and she lives out of state and was visiting for Christmas. We went in saying “we’re looking for shapes” – literally nothing was planned yet – we’d been engaged for FIVE days! But, I wanted the experience with my mom, and my Mother-In-Law and SMIL were able to come along too. My mom and SMIL saw THE DRESS on a mannequin and had someone pull it for me – I think it was the third or fourth dress I tried on. I kept trying on others, but we were continually comparing all of them back to this one. Three hours (and a dozen dresses or more) later, we bought my dress. First wedding purchase 🙂

Post # 10
1094 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I went to one store on a whim, and tried one dress on.  It was gorgeous but way out of my budget.  I went to a second store with my mom and sister, tried 4 dresses on, and chose the 3rd.  

My mantra is “If you find something you like, why keep looking?”

Post # 11
1630 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I spent a few hours at a wedding consignment shop, totally on a whim, ended up buying a dress perfect for me and within budget. My wedding is next september. i think the key is to stop looking once you’ve bought. That said, you do have time. You can always shop and just make sure you don’t try on anything that costs more than your budget.

Post # 12
8 posts
  • Wedding: August 2015

I seem to have the opposite experience. I have been shopping for months now, probably 7 or 8 different appointments and it is only now that I realize I am thinking about one dress (from the 4th or 5th appointment). I think it has a lot to do with your personality. I am very indecisive and felt I had to keep looking “just in case”. The problem is, there will always be other dresses And you could look forever! I also never had a teary “say yes to the dress” moment and I think that also has to do with my personality. However, there is now one dress that gives me butterflies just looking at it so I think I am ready to commit! If I were you, I would stop looking and go for that one you found. If I had that feeling earlier, I probably wouldn’t have looked so long and got so confused. And lesson learned, I should have stopped at the 4th appointment!

Post # 13
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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ShoeGal89:  I’m not sure if you decided to purchase your dress or not, but I first went dress shopping about 10 months before my wedding in August.  I loved everything I tried on, but knew I wasn’t going to pick the dress until I absolutely had to and the sales girl said I didn’t need to buy one until 8 months before the wedding.  On the same day, right after that appointment, I went to David’s Bridal and I couldn’t get out of there fast enough.  I’m not sure if it was this particular DB, but I found nothing I really liked and the quality just wasn’t as good and wasn’t much cheaper than the first store I went to.  I tried on two dresses there and I just had to stop because I had a completely opposite feeling I did compared to the first store.  I felt really ugly and self conscious there.  I have body issues and they forced me to wear a body bra and a bunchy slip, which made my issues with my body even worse.  I’m sure there are nice dresses at DB, but this one seemed really picked over.  There was another girl at the first store I was at and it seemed like she didn’t like anything there and she happened to be at DB the same time I was there too and it seemed like she was much happier at DB, so it’s all personal preference. 

I’m not sure what your budget is, but I  found that there are plenty of name brand dresses under $1000.  I went back to the first store a couple of months later and picked my dress.  I felt a little pressured to pick my dress and although it was a really pretty dress and didn’t look bad on me, I currently have dress regret.  It wasn’t one I tried on the first time, but since I waited til the last minute I felt like I had to choose one that day instead of thinking about it.  With that being said, I would say don’t wait until the very last minute.  I know DB says it takes months to get their dresses in, but I know that their dresses come in a couple of weeks or even days. If you do go to another store, make sure you try on dresses within your budget or within the same price range as the ones at DB.  I made sure not to go to a hoity toity store because I don’t care to be center of attention and usually those stores only have expensive dresses.  Sorry this is so long and little off topic, but I don’t think it hurts to try on more dresses as long as its within your budget, and if you keep thinking about the DB dress, then you’ll know for sure that one is your dress.  For me, I think I’m doubting my dress choice because I’m just a super indecisive person…

Post # 14
5622 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m not really overly picky. I just wanted something that was pretty and looked good on my figure. I tried on about 6 dresses and then I went back to tried on the one I liked most, and chose it. No special crying moment for me, and I stopped looking at dresses after that so I wouldn’t get dress regret.

I knew I wanted a ballgown so it really narrowed down my choices.

Post # 15
2319 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

It took me a weekend. I went on  Friday with my Maid/Matron of Honor and cousin (3 stores and nothing wowed me).. went on Sat with my 3 susters and my Maid/Matron of Honor (2 stores — nothing completelt wowed me) — went to the last store a couple days after just me and MY Maid/Matron of Honor — loves the second dress I tried on and bought it the next day

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