(Closed) How to get started choosing a dress?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3919 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Start looking through magazines and websites to get an idea of what styles you are drawn to. Theknot.com has a great online gallery of dresses that you can search by style, price, body type, etc. 

Post # 4
11239 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would start with finding out what designers are available around you. The bridal shop websites should list what they carry, and then I would just look through the designer sites and write down the style numbers that stand out to you. Make appoinments at the shops and tell them what you like and what you don’t, and either let them pull or you can pull (depends on the shop) dresses to try on. Keep an open mind–what you think will look good might not. Make sure you move around in the dresses, try to sit down, dance, etc. Don’t forget to keep a budget in mind, as well, and don’t try on or fall in love with a dress that’s out of your price range.

Post # 5
181 posts
Blushing bee

If you have no idea I’d say go ahead a make a few appointments at local bridal shops, set a budget (and stick to it) and then try on at least one dress in all of the silhouettes (mermaid, fit and flare, ballgown, sheath, aline etc). That way you’ll see what looks best on you and then it’s all manageable from there.

Post # 6
358 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I would check out the websites of any bridal salons in your area and make a note of all the designers carried near you (or in other towns if you want to travel).  Then I would check out the dresses on the designer’s websites to get an idea of what you like.  Its tough to fall in love with a dress then find out its not available in your area at all… Magazines are also great too but you’ll only see a handful of things.

Post # 7
8474 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Look at your body type.  What type of clothes flatter you the best?  What are you comfortable wearing?  What do you consider a beautiful wedding dress?  What dress yells “you.”

You’ve NEVER even thought about your wedding dress?!  Wow.

Post # 8
1673 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@TheVampiresMistress:  +1

Also, think if you have features that you want to showcase. A small waist? Toned shoulders? 

Post # 9
640 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

first, go on and try any style and see what you like.

then limit it to price.

then think venue suitability

Post # 10
255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

When you are looking at dresses, keep in mind season and venue, as well as what sort of theme you are shooting for (for instance, whimsical and outdoors or glamorous formal ballroom). If you are getting married in humid summer conditions, maybe avoid heavy satin

Post # 11
8428 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Vanellope:  You can also start on the gallery here on the bee and browse photos….. Search thru the dress boards. I’d most def call the bridal shops in your area to see what designers they carry that way you can go directly to the designer websites and look at the dresses. Mori Lee, Maggie Sottero, Allure are just some of the big ones that come to mind. Good luck and happy dress shopping!

Post # 12
3372 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would keep an open mind, first and foremost. Make an appointment at a bridal salon, and try on a lot of dresses – even ones that don’t immediately appeal to you. Sometimes the right dress is actually one that doesn’t jump out at you on the rack, but looks amazing on. Think about the kind of silhouettes you usually wear when it comes to dresses, and start with those – at least as a point of elimination. For example, I never wear empire lines, so I ruled that out immediately when I was dress-shopping. Browse magazines and online for sure, but you really need to try some dresses on to have a real idea of what works and what doesn’t, and what you like. Good luck and have fun!

Post # 13
11336 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Vanellope: I started looking on the Internet just on Google images, then got to know which designers I liked the best, magazines helped too. Incidentally searching for a real bride in a particular dress was how I came across WB 😉

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