(Closed) How many dress shopping trips before you found your dress?

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  • Post # 17
    323 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I tried on my dress at my very first appointment, but it was originally a little more than I wanted to pay. I proceeded to try on more than 40 other dresses over three weeks — 7 appointments spread over 4 different days. Somewhere in there, my aunt offered to contribute to my dress, and I couldn’t stop thinking about that one from the first day, which was now way under budget. I tried it on two more times before I decided. (As you can probably tell, I’m not much of an impulse buyer for big purchases. I like to be sure that I’m sure.)

    Post # 18
    157 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    It was the first dress I tried on at the 7th store.   Prior to that I had narrowed it to 2 dresses.  I liked them both, and could have worn either and been happy,  but I didn’t love them.  There was just something lacking.  My dress has the best of both of those dresses.

    Post # 19
    160 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014 - Ceremony: St Patrick\'s Basilica Reception: Southern Cross Ballroom, Esplanade Hotel Fremantle

    1 lol, i refused to go anywhere else. I don’t have the time to go to all of these stores because i have an 18 month old to look after :), I saw the dress i loved and booked an appointment. I went in there with the sole intention of making sure it was a dress i tried on (that range is also exclusive to that store in our state), i tried on other dresses and then i tried on the dress i came in for.

    Instant love! but to make sure i wasn’t making a hasty decision i went away and thought about it, i had narrowed my choices down to 3 and 1 was way out of my budget. So that left me with 2 choices, the other dress was short on me so i ended up choosing the one i saw in the first place :). I went back for another appointment, tried it on in front of my bms and ordered it that day :D.

    Post # 20
    4134 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    Found it at salon number 5, bought it after 11 trips

    Post # 21
    144 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I found my gown at the 3rd shop i visited. I was dead set on a lace a-line vinatge style dress and eneded up with a satin ball gown! I love it to pieces and soo glad i broke my expectations and tried on other styles. Best of luck with the surgery and finding your dream dress 🙂

    Post # 22
    2315 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    My experience was a bit unusual in that I knew I didn’t want to buy a dress in the city where I live. In China, bridal salons – even the upscale, designer ones – carry mostly over-the-top embellished dresses which are not my style. So I went with a girlfriend to visit three of the most recommended wedding dress stores in Beijing, and tried on a bunch of different dresses to get an idea of which silhouette I liked best. I narrowed it down to soft mermaid/trumpet and classic ballgown, and then ordered my dress sight unseen online. In terms of choosing that dress, I started looking around as soon as we got engaged (Christmas Eve) and then made the decision at the start of March.

    Post # 23
    315 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I haven’t bit the bullet and bought the dress yet, but I think I found it on the first trip! Technically I went on whim once before, but it was only for half an hour and I didn’t find a thing … This was a planned shopping trip and it was quite successful! My strategy was to go to the big box stores in town for more volume.

    Post # 24
    4996 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I went to four stores. I ultimately bought a dress at the second store, on my second trip there (fifth store visit overall.)

    Post # 26
    798 posts
    Busy bee

    One trip. I knew I wanted the dress I got beforehand but tried on others to get the whole bridal shopping experience. All in all, nothing compared to the one I loved so I got it that same day!

    Post # 27
    171 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    The dress I ended up buying was the first dress I tried on. I initially went shopping with my BFF/MOH and had it in my mind that I wanted a tea length dress. I also was fairly opposed to a strapless dress. During my first appointment my consultant ended up putting me in two fit and flare gowns that were BEAUTIFUL (one strapless, one with an illusion neckline) which is why I think I didn’t buy the dress that day. I just became completely confused.

    During my second appointment I sent all caution to the wind and tried on a million different kinds of styles and in the end I came back to the original tea length dress I tried on.

    Post # 28
    98 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I found mine on my thrid trip-but I only went to two different salons, I wound up purchasing my dress from the first salon I had gone too.

    Post # 29
    105 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I went on 4 separate days, going to a total of 8 salons.  But I’m also very picky and the dress I was looking for apparently wasn’t the current trend (mermaid/fit and flare).  I would have tried to squeeze more in on each day, but the appointments schedules were a bit limited.  Had to do a lot of waiting around between appointment times.  But maybe you’ll get lucky and fall in love with a dress at the first salon.


    Post # 30
    387 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I went 6 trips so far, still haven’t found my dress yet. Probably because I have particular dress in mind, and didn’t want to settle until I try it on. And looking at so many beautiful bees here in their dresses, the dresses that I tried on didn’t meet my expectation. 🙁 

    Post # 31
    1346 posts
    Bumble bee

    It took me two days and at the 3rd bridal store, I found my dress.  I did feel some shock after I purchased the dress and I kept saying to my Maid/Matron of Honor on our way home from the store that I thought it would take me MUCH longer to find my gown…… hmmm now that I think about it I think I wanted it to take longer so I could try on more dresses!  ;P

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