(Closed) How many of you tried on wedding dresses before the proposal?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Have/did you try on dresses before being engaged?
    Yes and I loved it : (20 votes)
    10 %
    Yes but I felt kinda silly : (13 votes)
    7 %
    No, but I have thought of it : (31 votes)
    16 %
    No, I would never do that ! : (134 votes)
    68 %
  • Post # 17
    1512 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Not only did I try a dress on before the proposal, I bought it! No regrets here. We had been talking about getting engaged for awhile; I knew it was in the works, so I went for it!

    I got my dress in August of 2010. We were planning on having the wedding 11-11-11, but we both lost our jobs and had to push it back to this coming September. So, we’re still engaged, and I STILL have the dress I bought three years ago, haha.

    Post # 19
    3795 posts
    Honey bee

    I’ve totally wanted to, just because they are so pretty and I wondered what it would feel like, but never did because I considered it bad luck. Nothing beat the feeling of trying on the first one when it was official. Don’t worry about it though, just pretend you never did it!

    Post # 20
    7310 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    Not I. But I dreaded wedding dress shopping, so there’s that. But I did look online at venues before we were engaged. And Mr. LK and I made up our guest list before engagement, too.

    Post # 21
    1669 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I did and bought one too! We have a date set and we’re planning so not really “not engaged”, but I certainly don’t have my ring yet and I won’t till December! My SO knew though it’s not a secret, we are having a short engagement and I wanted to shop with my mother (who lives in another state) so I bought it when I was home visiting her.

    Post # 22
    823 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @maudemaisha:  I will say that I think going to try dresses on before you are actually ready to possibly purchase one is in bad taste. Almost all consultants work by commission, and it’s a big waste of their time and the shop’s if you go in knowing you’re not actually going to buy anything. If they spend 1-2 hours assisting you while you try on dresses you know you’re not going to buy, that’s a sale they could have made with a bride that might actually have purchased a gown. I would wait until you’re actually engaged and ready to find a gown before doing this again. 

    Post # 23
    2253 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @maudemaisha:  Don’t feel bad. I not only tried on dresses but I actually bought my wedding dress before Darling Husband proposed. My friends, sisters, and I were visiting other friends in NYC. Everyone knew the proposal was coming so us girls decided to have some fun and book an appointment at Kleinfeld’s. I wasn’t supposed to buy anything, and I ended up finding my dress anyway. Ooops! When I told SO I bought a dress, he later told me after he proposed that he thought I found out he bought the ring already. lol. I wouldn’t have bought the dress if I wasn’t positive a proposal was coming in the near future.

    Post # 24
    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Fiance told me to “start getting things ready” before he proposed.  It crossed my mind, but ultimately I couldn’t do it!

    Post # 25
    133 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @maudemaisha:  I tried on and found my dress before we were engaged!  The only thing I was not allowed to do was buy (it made it really hard to turn down the 20% off they offered me). 

    We had been talking about getting engaged and we knew it was coming at some point, I just didn’t know when.  We both live in the same city about 13 hours away from my mom.  She comes out for a visit once a year in May or June.  When she was out last June, we knew that we would be engaged before she came back again the next June and I really wanted her to be involved in the dress shopping, so I got my fiance’s OK to go shopping as long as I didn’t buy.  It turns out I found the dress (the third one I tried on).  When we got engaged in September it was then just a matter of going in and ordering it!

    Post # 26
    1469 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @maudemaisha:  I bought my dress before we were engaged. We knew we would be, and we knew when, which also meant that I knew I wouldn’t have time between the engagement and the wedding to traverse the Pacific ocean to go dress shopping with my mom. So, we went while we were home for the summer and found the dress for a great price and bought it. It was ever so slightly uncomfortable at times, but not a real issue. My husband’s mom even came with us, and I invited him as well (though the consultant uninvited him ;). Everything was on the up and up, no big deal. I say go if you want to 🙂

    Post # 27
    180 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I never thought about that before engagement, but if I knew how long it takes to get a dress, I might have done that.

    Post # 28
    1489 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I tried on dresses before I was technically engaged…  He had already bought the ring and I was just waiting for the proposal.  I figured I should start the process of figuring out what kind of dress I wanted.  I felt minorly silly, but I KNEW I was getting engaged soon, so I got over it.  It did help me figure out what kinds of dresses I didn’t like at all, so it did some good.  



    Post # 29
    191 posts
    Blushing bee

    I have been so tempted, since I have been dress shopping with my friend and sister. they tell me to. But I honestly think I will be jinxing myself. I hope the proposal will be coming sometime next  month. so im holding off a little longer.

    Post # 30
    1992 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Well I haven’t but, I’ll never say never.  I look at dresses online alot, but to be honest I kind of hate trying on clothes, so I’m not sure this is something I’d want to do, until I absolutely have to.  Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait for the experience with my mom & my girls, but I just dread the thought of taking on & off all of those gowns! Ugh!

    Post # 31
    930 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I was really temopted to try them on before I was engaged, and I’m glad that I didn’t, because my dress shopping wouldn’t have been the same if I did.  To each their own though.

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