Post # 1
Hello Bees! I am going out of town to find my wedding gown and I was refered to several bridal shops. Should I make appointments for all of them? I only have 1 long day to do this in this city so I thought I’d use my time wisely. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Post # 3
I went to 3 – what i would suggest is definitely setting aside 2 hours at each place and at least an hour break in between. Dress shopping is EXHAUSTING, and I ultimately wound up buying the first dress I tried on (out of 30 of so) anyways!
Post # 4
I went to 3 as well and it made for a long day, even with just my mom and me. The suggestion to set aside two hours at each place is a good one. I also ended up purchasing the last dress at the first salon I visited. It sounds bizzare to say, but I loved that dress so much that looking at others afterward just felt like going through the motions. I had already decided that my dress was "The One". When you find it, you will know; at that point, you may not want to look anywhere else! I hope you have so much fun!
Post # 5
I went to 2
the first one I found my dress almost right away. the second one I went to – walked in and it just didn’t feel nice- (or even pleasant for that matter) I turned out, and we sped 30 minuted back up to the other shop so I could buy my dress. ….The need for urgency was because it was a sample size, the just got it in- I was the first to try it on, it needed no alterations! and I wouldn’t have to worry about it arriving on time (since I was getting married within 4 months)
Post # 6
i went to 3. i only had a weekend, and we got it done in 2 days. i was SO exhausted by the end though, both physically and emotionally, that 3 was more than enough for me. i ended up finding my dress at the last place we went to (and it was the last one i tried on).
Post # 7
I went to like 20! I’m really picky I guess.
Post # 8
Just one 🙂 Found the dress that day. When everyone with me began to cry, right along with me – I knew it was the one.
Post # 9
I went to four, but Kleinfelds in NYC was one of them and I tried like 20 dresses on there! Dress shopoping has been the most fun part of planning for me, i think I would still be looking if I didn’t get offered a same day discount on the dress I loved. have fun with it!!
Post # 10
Two! And I spent about an hour in one and about three and a hlaf in the other. It is tiring, more than you’d expect, so be prepared, I think breaks inbetween is good advice. (Also, I didnt actually buy my dress yet, but narrowed it down to three, so I have to go back yet!)
Post # 11
I went to two! The first one was horrible – I am sorry I wasted my time even trying on a dress there. The second was wonderful, and I have ordered my dress from them. We were there about two hours; I tried on six dresses, two of them twice, one of them three times… and several veils, and then we took measurements and ordered. If you go in with a good idea of what you want, you shouldn’t end up trying on dozens of dresses, as they should only show you the style and price range you specify. Every time I tried another dress my saleslady was rummaging through the rack, refining her selection of what I would like based on my comments on the dress of the moment.
You definately need to make appointments. A good salon will give you a private room, for just you, your saleslady, and your entourage of the day, and lots of personalized service – so if you just show up, they won’t necessarily be able to do that and may ask you to come back another time (inconvenient to say the least, if the salon is out of town). A good salon will also ask you when you make the appointment (on the phone) about your style and color preferences, size, price range, and to please bring printed photos or magazine ads of any dresses you particularly like. When you walk in, they should already have started a room for you based on that phone conversation.
I actually had appointments at three more salons the next day – I just called and cancelled them while driving home from ordering the dress!
Post # 12
I went to 4 slaons.
The 4th was only to check out bridesmaid swatches and I didn’t have an appt. I ended up getting my wedding dress there!
If you only have one day, make at least 3 appt’s but have at least 2 hours at each place. You could make an appt for all the places you were refered to and then cancel any later that you need to. It’s easier to cancel than to try to get an appt that day!
Yes, it’s super tiring! But if you know you only have a certain time frame you will probably power through it!
Post # 13
thanks ladies! i made appointments for 3 salons and I am prepared for the long day! i don’t know why, but i am nervous!
Post # 14
I think I went to 8. I am rather curious as to how many dresses you girls have actually tried on before finding the one…
Post # 15
Don’t be nervous! I think I was too though!
It’s just the fact of not knowing what to expect.
Basically most salon’s let you pick about 3-5 at first to take to the dressing room..they will most likely ask what you are looking for or if you brought pix. I encouarged them to pull dresses they thought I’d like based on body type and what I was looking for. Sometimes a dress hanging looks so different on!
I think I tried on a total of 5-6 at each salon…so I guess about 20 dresses!
My dress was the first dress that made me cry! I so didn’t think I would be that girl…but I was..came outta nowhere!
Post # 16
I went to two. My dress was the third one I tried on at the first salon. I had been contemplating making an appointment at a third place for later that day, but after finding the dress, decided not to. I went to the second one, but it only reaffirmed that the gown I found at the first salon was the one I wanted.