How many dresses did you try on before you found the one?

posted 1 year ago in Dress
Post # 46
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Newbee

I think I tried on around 60 dresses. By the time I got to my 5th store, I had a lot of dresses that I loved but they still didn’t feel like the one. I felt like I could have picked any of them and been happy but that each one had something that was slightly off. I had decided I was going to go to one more store and then just pick whichever one flattered by body the best if I didn’t find anything since I was running out of time and lo and behold, the first dress I put on at the last store was my dress. It’s perfect, I haven’t had any second thoughts since we ordered it that day! 

Post # 48
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2018

i saw a dress i loved on instagram, they only carried this designer in chicago. i booked my flight, booked my appt, flew out there, tried the dress on and bought it 20 minutes later 🙂

 

it was the first boutique i went to and the first dress i tried on, so crazy because im usually very picky. i thought it was going to be a long and tedious process.

Post # 50
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712 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

So I went to two places the first one I wasn’t liking anything I tried on most of them had the corset backs wich I did not like. The second store was a completey diffrent experience they put me in a bustier and it just made a huge difference in how I looked in dresses. I put a deposit down on a dress then when looking at pictures started having second thoughts. I tried on two very similar dresses so I plan to go back this weekend and try them both on to decide. My advice is be open to trying on different styles. If your leaning on a certain feature like lace or beading etc if you like it when trying things on stick to that. Stuff I thought I loved I hated how it looked or felt on. Dresses I never would have chosen like backless actually looked good and was doable. I didn’t like a ballgown at one store but liked it better at another. I tried a lot of dresses on. Not everyone has an omg this is it and cries moment. 

Post # 52
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

Too many! 30 or so between 5 stores. 

The first store I wasn’t really looking for dresses seriously, my sister was going to David’s Bridal for a fitting and she thought it would be fun for me to try on dresses. I tried on 4 dresses just to get an idea of what shape I liked. 

I then had four actual appointments after I had been looking online and figured out what I wanted.

At 3 of those 4 appointments the consultants didn’t actually bring me dresses that fit what I wanted (ball gown with some visual interest on top, no satin, no mermaids, no sequins, preferably not strapless) Like this: 

I thought I articulated what I wanted fairly well, but I am also fairly agreeable so if they pulled a dress I agreed to try it on. All 3 kept pulling mermaids or dropped waist dresses with a sweetheart neckline and a corset back, like this:

which were all pretty, but not what I asked for. I think they just assumed that because I’m a larger size I needed to be pushed and pulled in order to have a figure, but it is possible to be both fat and an hourglass shape. Everything makes me look like I have a waist, because I have a comparably small waist. 

At my fourth appointment the consultant brought me dresses that fit the description and reference photos, and I found several contenders, and my dress ended up being the one I’d fallen in love with online.

/end rant. 

Post # 53
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

xxbutterfly :  I really wanted sleeves but they all felt hot and bulky.  I thought they would be lighter easier to move in. You really don’t know until you try things on. 

Post # 54
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

I saw my dress the minute I walked into the first store.  I tried it and loved it, but just couldn’t make a decision. I then went to two other stores including one two hours away to try on a dress I saw on TV.  I loved it, but with the veil I wanted it would of been $3000 plus alterations.  I just couldn’t spend that much for one day.  I went back and bought the very first dress I saw. 

Post # 55
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148 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I’ve been to 10 or 11 stores now, tried on definitely more than 70 dresses and still haven’t found the one so am having one custom designed and am super nervous about it. If it doesn’t work out I will be hitting up more stores in January to find something I can settle for before the wedding.

Post # 56
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Blushing bee

Wedding dress shopping is a weird experience. I went by myself, and tried on 2 non-white gowns in one shop because, that’s what I was aiming for. At a bridal shop, I tried on 6 in different “colours”. The whiter they got, the more washed out I looked. It was a bit of a stressful experience with the bridal consultant, and my mom fussing over me. I found two gowns there were more on the champagne pink side that I liked, but did not love. None of the dresses quite felt like “me”, and I was discouraged. I ended up seeing a gown I loved online that went on sale. I bought that gown, and love still it. Yay for number 8.

Post # 57
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50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

I went with my sister and a friend the first time around and tried on about 10 dresses to get a feel for what I liked. The one I ended up going with was actually the last dress I tried on that day but at that point I wanted to sleep on it and to come again by myself. I did that a couple days later after my initial appointment and tried on about 3 more dresses but still ended up getting the same dress I fell in love with at my first appointment. 

Post # 58
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Ha I tried on zero! I was always going to have a dress designed and made for me. I knew what I wanted and showed the designer lots of photos from online. I love love my dress. 

Post # 59
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854 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

I lost track of the exact # of dresses I tried on but I went to five different stores, went back to three for a second visit and a third visit to one shop to get my dress during a trunk show.  I probably tried on around 8-10 dresses each time.  I did a good bit of research going in because I didn’t think what I wanted was the most common and I didn’t want to waste time at shops that didn’t have what I would be interested in.  

I started with a strong interest in Reem Acra and my first visit out was for a trunk show, where I found one dress I absolutely loved but was still more than a year out from my wedding and wasn’t ready to commit yet.  I then started seeking out other designers I thought would have a similar look and feel – Mira Zwillinger and Galia Lahav.

I ended up being really torn between our final two dresses, one by Reem Acra and one by Mira Zwillinger.  It didn’t help that they were at different stores.  I went back and forth and felt emotional but in the end I knew the Mira dress was what I wanted.

There were also dresses I thought were beautiful, but just not me.

Post # 60
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Blushing bee

Zero! My mom passed away so I knew it would be too hard to go to a boutique and try on dresses. I had an idea of what I wanted and pieced it out on Etsy. I bought organic cotton sateen and mailed it to various Etsy sellers and it came out AMAZING. Meschantes made my corset, Vanel Designs made my skirt, Iselle Bridal Studio made my tulle overskirt & veil. I can’t wait to share pictures with everyone, I just had my first fitting and I almost dropped to the floor – it’s so gorgeous and I actually felt gorgeous and bridal in it! Only $700 total after materials, Etsy sellers, and alterations, totally worth it.

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