(Closed) how many hours do you need & what time of week did you go ?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
4062 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If you can go duringthe week, do so; it will be much less crowded and you’ll get better service generally.

Most dress stores will only give you an appointment for an hour (some may do an hour and a half but that’s rare). So you get an hour. If you need longer, you make another appointment.

Generally in that hour you can try on 5-7 dresses depending on how hard they are to get into/out of.

For your very first appointment, I’d recommend just trying on different shapes to see what you like on your bady – A-line, ballgown, mermaid, drop waist, etc. That will help you at the next appointment to focus on the shapes that look best on your body.

Post # 4
1475 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I went on a Saturday afternoon, it was busy but we had a private appointment and one consultant and a private changing/sitting area for the people I brought with me. We were there about 4 hours.

I think it depends on where you go. If you are going to a big chain store like David’s, definately do not go on the weekend, but if you are going to a bridal store and will have an appointment with a consultant, you shouldn’t have a problem no matter what day you go.

Post # 6
1024 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

IF you go to David’s Bridal, plan on going on a weekday during the day because I went on a Saturday and had a bad experience. I first went on a Friday night to my first store and spent about 2 hours there. On Saturday during the day I spent about 20-30 min at David’s Bridal (I left because of the service). I then went straight to the store I bought my dress at and spent about 2 hours there.

Post # 7
1311 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

First time I went was a Thursday. Then 2 months after I scheduled appointments on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I brought others with me and wanted to make sure they could come and it worked with their schedules. I found my dress on a Saturday and no longer needed to keep the Sunday appointment.

So aprox 5 hours give or take. Just over an hour for each app.

Post # 8
1112 posts
Bumble bee

Go during the day (like before 4pm) and block out 4-5 hours. I didn’t use that much time when I went, but it’s good to know you don’t need to rush.

DON’T feel pressured by the salespeople to buy your dress then and there. I got mine at David’s and they tried to make me buy it when I first tried it on, saying it would be gone soon…don’t buy it. Sleep on it. Wait on it. Post pics to the bee and ask us about it. 😉 JK. Haha. But do take time to think on the decision.

I would go back a second time to try on any you really liked.

DON’T take a ton of people with you. I had only my mom…and it was nice.

And have fun!

Oh…and don’t feel bad if you find “the one” but it’s not some hallelujiah chorus moment. Mine sure wasn’t!

Post # 9
23597 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree that during the week is the easiest if you can manage it!

Post # 10
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I went on a Saturday to DB with my SIL when I was her Maid/Matron of Honor.  Can anyone say center ring of HELL??? We were there for 3 hours. Too crowded and could NEVER find the assistant.

I went on a Friday night, in November to DB for mine, and it was my SIL, my Dad, three nieces and the people that worked there only in the store.  It was amazing and there for about 1hour.

Post # 11
3823 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

my situation was not normal. 

i got engaged on christmas, went gown shopping three days later, tried on dresses for 1.5 hours, and bought one. 

i went on a saturday around noon but i had an appointment and it was a sample sale at a high end boutique. i hear it’s much better during the weekdays unless you go this route with making an appointment.

Post # 13
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

If you can go during a weekday that’s the best. I’ve done weekdays, evenings and weekends and it’s like a night and day difference for how busy it is and it’s a much calmer experience on a weekday. The consultants will spend far more time with you when they don’t have back to back to back appointments. 

Post # 14
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@g_g_dgjb:  I went on a sunday afternoon, the appt was booked for 1 hour. I needed all of that for ordering and measureing, but not on deciding.

Post # 15
1770 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I went on a Saturday, even though I knew it’d be the busiest day. It definitely was, but thats okay. I think my appointment was scheduled for like 1.5 hours, but I picked mine in less than an hour.


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