(Closed) How many gown appointments and gowns did you try on before finding the one?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
1580 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I had 4 appointments, and I tried on about 35-40 dress. My dress was actually around the 30 mark and I kept trying them on to make sure that I made the right decision. The first time we went shopping, we just went to David’s bridal to get an idea of the fit that I wanted. I was looking at ball gowns before that, and when we went to David’s bridal I found that the fit and flare looked really good. I had my mom and grandmas with me at that one. So when we went to the 2nd appointment (oh and there were lots of other stores in between the appointments btw) I was continuing with the fit and flare idea but found drop waist gowns that I really liked as well. I did find a Maggie Sottero that I really liked but my mom and grandma didn’t like it so we kept looking. At the 3rd appointment I had my mom, grandma and Maid/Matron of Honor with me and that’s when I found the dress. I kept looking at other dresses though. So I put myself in a tizzy because I didn’t think that the dress I loved was going to look good on me and got so obsesses and worried. Finally, it was just my mom and me that went to the final appointment and I bought the dress from the 3rd appointment. When it was just my mom and me though, I did try on other dresses. It was easier with just my mom because there weren’t a lot of opinions and I could get a clear vision of what I wanted. I have to say though, my mom was SO HAPPY when it was finally over haha.

Post # 3
2627 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

I went with my mum to my first and only salon. 

The salon we went to didn’t require an appointment, so I went in late on the Friday night to ask if they thought I’d be ok to bring my mum in the next day. I had a quick look at dresses before returning when the store opened. They treated me like an old friend and we had a wonderful experience. 

We did also have another appointment booked for later in the day so we didn’t go in with a view of deciding that day. 

I picked out a few dresses and the lady who looked after me (happened to be store owner) asked which I would like to try on first. I said that I might as well try on the one on top! 

I loved it. It was perfection in a dress! I spend ages in it before begrudgingly trying on the others (4 dresses total). None of them felt the same so I put that first dress back on and teared up. My mum was in floods of tears. 

We put a deposit down on the dress that day.

We called the salon we were supposed to go to next to cancel and they were SO RUDE. We didn’t tell them that we’d found a dress elsewhere but their attitude on the phone made us glad we didn’t go!

Post # 4
1053 posts
Bumble bee

I had two official appointments, and I went to one trunk show.

the first time I went with one of my BMs and the second time )the time I found my dress) I went with one Bridesmaid or Best Man and my Maid/Matron of Honor.


Post # 5
4891 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

AutumnRose781:  I ended up going to 7 salons – 3 in town and 4 out of town. I probably tried on 5-8 dresses at each place (I’m not sure). I ended up knowing THE one at the 3rd place I went, but my “must see all options” mom wanted me to continue looking to make sure I was dead set on the dress.

My mom mainly came with me, so not big entourage. For one salon in DH’s hometown, his mom and sister came with. Then, I went to a salon where my sister lives, so she came (as well as my dad), since we were visiting her. When I said yes to my dress, I went back to the 3rd place (an hour away from where I live) with my mom, SIL, and Mother-In-Law. That was about a week after I started looking – I went to most within days of each other, so it was quick!

I went after work and then on weekends to the places that were out of town. I made appointments at all, and usually called a few days before to see if they were available. Weekdays was easier. The place I went where my sister lievs (The Wedding Shoppe) is VERY popular, so I made that one as far out as I could since it was a Saturday morning.

Post # 6
432 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

First appointment I found my dress after trying on 7-8 dresses. 

Post # 7
960 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Historic Chapel

AutumnRose781:  Well I found my dress on my first appoinment, and it was only the second dress I tried on. I tried one more after it for a total of only three dresses, but I knew the second one was the one!

Post # 8
1130 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

AutumnRose781:  It only took one appointment and I ended up with the second dress I tried on.  I never really dreamed of my wedding until I got engaged.  I really had no idea what I wanted but when I saw my dress I knew I wanted it 

Post # 9
1389 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

We didn’t make any appointments. Two years before we were even engaged, my fiance and I went into David’s Bridal for something else, saw a dress we loved in the window, tried it on, and bought it! Can’t wait to finally wear it 🙂 

Post # 10
1980 posts
Buzzing bee

Two appointments for me. Probably tried on ~15 dresses.

Post # 11
9527 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I am an outlyer, I tried on about 100 dresses in at least 10 appointments. I cried in two David’s bridal out of frustration. Nothing looked flattering or good on me. I finally ordered dresses online and chose the least expensive, out of practicality than love. I had it for 6 months before the wedding. I fell in love with it day of. It was perfect for the weather, after new trim it looked my style, it was comfortable and is perfect in pictures. I can’t imagine wearing anything else

Post # 12
893 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

One salon.  Tried on 3 dresses, chose the second one.  Bought it that day and paid for everything in full, they threw in a free veil.  In and out in 45 minutes.  Only my mom was with me. 

I hate shopping, so this was my dream dress-buying scenario 🙂

Post # 13
237 posts
Helper bee

I am the independent type. I researched obsessively online first and knew roughly what I was looking for. I think I have now decided but so far I’ve visited 8 bridal shops and tried on about 10 dresses (some shops had nothing I liked). Trying on helped to refine my choice (I wanted plain strapless mermaid with buttons and have now switched to rouched strapless mermaid with corset). I am lucky in that I know my shape and style well and what suits me (benefits of being old at 40 haha). I am still obsessively googling stuff as I really want the skirt of one dress and the bodice of another and I am coming to accept that doesn’t exist. I would love to be the emotional type who just sees ‘the one’ and cries, but it’s not me at all sadly!

I took my mum and sister(s) to a couple of the shops and they helped. One of my sisters is very ‘fashion’ so she guided me towards the more chic options. My mum I’m sure preferred me in something much more pretty-pretty and girly, and less simple and sexy than I picked (I’m currently going for Mori Lee 5108). But all of them advised me based on what they know are my natural choices. But ultimately I like to make a final decision on my own as I’m very picky.

Post # 14
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

AutumnRose781:  uugghhhh this was such a frustrating process for me. I made my first appointment not knowing anything about wedding gowns, costs, styles, designers, nothing!! They asked what style i wanted and i couldnt even imagine myself in a wedding gown (im very girly and wear dresses all the time, but just could never envision myself in a wedding gown for some reason no matter how much i couldnt wait to get married) anyways, they put me a few different styles, from mermaid to princess and everything in between. I finally liked one, the lady told me proudly it was a Galia Lahav, me not knowing what that meant at the time, and she then told me it would come to $15,000 after alterations!! I choked and took it off as i wasnt expecting to pay that much.

Problem was, it was SO comfortable!! I then went to about 6 other stores, and everything just looked so cheap, stiff, and uncomfortable. I was doomed and committed the big NO-NO every bride is told not to do. After trying on about 50 dresses and comparing them all to that one dress that was so comfortable, i got extremely discouraged cause i really wanted a stretch material like the Galia. We searched for designers, and i found one amazing one here in Montreal and decided to go the custom designed route. Ive been going to fittings every 2 weeks, and couldnt be any happier so far. Its far better than the 15,000 Galia, and half the price!!

oh, and i only brought my mom and sister. I didnt want the confusion of so many different voices and opinions.

Post # 15
122 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

AutumnRose781:  I had one appt, tried on about 6 dresses and I found the one !

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