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

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I went to 4 appointments and went to the same place twice. I tried on Maybe 15 dresses I found my dress in 2 different stores but I wanted to make sure i found the perfect dress and kept trying different dresses before i went back to mine.

Post # 17
2098 posts
Buzzing bee

70-90 dresses, 11 I think “appointment” (a couple were walk ins)? Found at last place, dress 70-90 

Post # 18
255 posts
Helper bee

AutumnRose781:  I have 5 appointments — 4 I was accompanied with friends and family, one I decided to do solo because I wanted the experience of shopping alone for a wedding dress without other peoples opinions getting in my way. 

After trying on maybe 40 dresses, I did end up purchasing the first dress I tried on, but at a different store!  It was also one that I had been staring at on the internet for sometime, so I guess I just had to try on a whole bunch of things to assure myself that it was indeed, The Dress. 

Post # 19
1688 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I only went shopping once. I went to the salon in my hometown not really expecting much. I tried on about 15 dresses, most  of them not really what I was looking for. I asked for gold, but initially the consultant just brought me all of the Maggie Sottero dresses that they had in “ivory over light gold”, which in my mind is still basically white. I also wanted badly to try on dresses with sleeves but they didn’t carry any because most brides couldn’t even get into the sleeves so they never sold. I had a few dresses on the ‘maybe’ hanger, but none of them were really speaking to me and I would have regretted them greatly because they were not at all what I was going for. Then she brought me Vanja by Maggie Sottero in black over light gold, which I totally ignored online, and when I put it on that was it. I tried on the last two dresses just to see but it was pretty much already decided by that point. I was amazed it was so easy. All in all, I think I was only in the salon for about an hour and a half.

Post # 20
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - B.C. Canada

I’ve tried probably upwards of 50 dresses at 4 different stores, spread over around 10 appointments because I visited them a few times each.  Still searching for the dress though …

Post # 21
53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - Martin\'s Valley Mansion

I only had one appointment and it was the first dress I picked out and tried on.  I tried on 3 more to humor my family, but we all knew the first dress was THE dress 🙂

Post # 22
1700 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

My dress was the third one I tried on. I guess the third time was a charm.

Post # 23
698 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I had one appointment, tried on 4-5 dresses, found my one on the last dress, done! 🙂  Took less than 2 hours.

Post # 24
2005 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

3 appointments. about 20 dresses. But knew the first one was my dress. Just had to convince my entoutage 

Post # 25
34 posts
  • Wedding: October 2017

I went to one store. I tried on about 7 dresses but, I knew the first one was the one. I walked around in it and just knew. 

Post # 26
316 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Two and around twenty something gowns. The second appointment, the first dress I tried on was it. I put it on, I was dancing in it, smiling and twirling in it, I felt like a princess. Plus, it was a trunk show and the designer was there. He was so nice, picked out a veil and belt for me, put it on told me I looked stunning and tended to his own business. When I put the dress on, everyone kept saying how amazing I looked and my mom was just Smiling. I tried on other dresses but kept comparing it to the first dress. When I put it back on, I KNEW it was my dress. I just kept thinking omg, I can’t wait to stand next to Matt (my FI) in this dress. I didn’t have reactions like that in any other dress. I’m so excited to wear it!

Post # 27
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

5 appointments, 5-10 dresses each so maybe 40 in total.  I think MY dress was the 3rd one.  But I wasn’t an “OMG this is MY dress!!”  kinda person.   I really liked #3 but kept looking.  Months later when I was still thinking about #3, I decided to go buy it.

Post # 28
2699 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

4 appointments, maybe 25-30 dresses, knew the one as soon as it was clipped on me. 

Post # 29
45 posts
  • Wedding: October 2016

Maybe 10 appointments…

– 4 in one day with my sister who flew into town which was exhausting… 2  of them were used shops and it was really hard being restricted to only dresses in a certain size. 

– 3 over the next 2 months. 

– 2 in my home town (1 had much cheaper dresses BHLDN but I didn’t really like the quality of the dresses, 1 had the dress to beat, but they marked it up much higher than the other salon, 2800 vs 2200). 

– Finally settled on one during a trunk show. I’m still unsure if it is the one, but I love it. And going through all the photos I realized it is still one of my top 2. 

I regret not doing more research before going to my first appointment, I realized there are certain brands I tended to gravitate towards more than others. Also — try to find out if they have an online store before visiting. There can be very different styles of dresses from store to store, so it helps to check out what they have beforehand. There are definietly stores I would’ve skipped had I checked out their inventory. 

I think it helps to have maybe 1-2 people you trust and really knows your style. But some people had a better experience going at it alone. Try both and see what you prefer — I think if you have too many people it can definietly get confusing with too many opinions. 

Also for your first appointment, try on all the different styles (dropped waist, A line, ball gown, fit and flare, trumpet). How it looks in photos and on you will be really different. You will get a sense for what is flattering, etc on you. 

  • This reply was modified 4 years ago by  octoberskyy.
Post # 30
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

My dress was the very first one I tried on! I actually didn’t know it was “the one” until later, I just assumed it was the novelty of seeing myself in a bridal gown that had me all heart eyes emoji.

I probably tried on another 15 or so dresses at 3 appointments before going back to the first one. Nothing compared, and my mom and Mother-In-Law couldn’t help but point it out after I tried on each new dress. 

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