- 11 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
Yesterday I went into the boutique to put a deposit on my dress. I put it on one last time just to engrain an image of me in the dress LOL. It had taken me 15 separate visits to different stores until I found this one. I had actually tried it on over the summer, but it was over my budget, so I didn’t think much of it later. But – with some bargaining, I got it for under my budget, and I couldn’t be more happy about it!!
The model pic doesn’t do it any justice, and I look forward to sharing a pic of me in it in a few months!
And yes – those are Swarovski crystals all along the front and back. Can anyone say “bling bling”? LOL
So – some words of advice for all my online Bee friends 🙂 Take ’em or leave ’em, but I thought I’d share…
1. Bargain, bargain, bargain. Remember that stores want your business and they will bend over backwards to meet your demands. There’s no need to be a tirant about it, but simply mentioning that you can get the dress somewhere else can get their attention. And – the smaller the store the better, because they tend to get less traffic, thus, not as many customers.
2. Set a budget. I set mine at $1000 which can be a lot for some and not enough for others. But that was mine, and it definitely made it easier to narrow down choices. And to go back to point #1 – if you find a dress that’s over your budget, it’s not too hard to believe that you’ll be able to bring the price down. My dress was a few hundred over $1000, and I was able to bring it down significantly, and without taxes!
3. Shop on your own first. Yup, I did 15, coun ’em, FIFTEEN, visits to different stores, the majority on my own. Although this is a bit excessive relative to other brides (or is it?) I found that just trying on a few on my own gave me a sense of what I felt both beautiful and comfortable in – and without the comments of everyone else.
4. Which leads to this next point. When you do bring people along – BRING THE RIGHT PEOPLE. Be prepared for the clashing of tastes, the “oohs” & “aaahs”, and in my case, the running around of two nieces under the age of 4 who were utterly bored. I had actually tried on my dress with lots of people (more than I expected) and it totally ruined the experience. I wasn’t feeling it. So I went back to the store on my own, and tried on the dress, and it made a HUGE difference.
5. Lastly – get what feels right for you. I know, I know – every other bride says the same thing, but this point is so very true, and probably the most important of all. Don’t do it because you *think* you have to. And dear god, please try on the dresses!! Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned through this site, is that every woman wears a dress a different way. And remember – this is the dress you are wearing to walk towards the man you are about to share your life with. So, the only person you really need to *wow* is him 🙂
Good luck with your dress hunting! And please feel free to share your own tips!