Post # 1
What’s your magic number…of dresses that you tried on, that is.
I started dress shopping yesterday – went to three bridal salons with my mother in the past two days. I found a dress I really, really like. I don’t know if I LOVE it, but I also wonder if I’m just avoiding making a decision so I can keep going to bridal salons. Honestly, ladies, this process is so much fun! Did you get/are you getting tired of looking? I have at least 10 months until the wedding (date is still TBD), so I have time I know it will begin to feel like a chore if I overdo it. I’ve also read that some of you are having buyer’s remorse, so I don’t want to pull the trigger too early.
I would post pictures, but we weren’t allowed to take any (do some of you sneak photos? do all bridal salons forbid taking pics before you buy?) and I can’t find the dress on the internet.
Post # 3
See, now I read this subject line, and thought we had a topic going about how many GUYS we’d been through to find "the one". HAHAH. I haven’t even been dress shopping yet…I just had to announce my blonde moment! I totally did not read which category this was posted in. haha!
Post # 4
I tried on two before I found the one. Then I tried on 3 or 4 more before I really wanted to put dress #2 back on and never take it off.
I went to a little boutique in Bend Oregon and it was an amazing experience. I didn’t take photos but I am sure she would have let me if I wanted. But then again I also just bought the dress like 45 minutes after I walked in there, so being that it was my dress and all I am sure she’d let me take photos.
I think they don’t like you taking photos in case you decide to find the dress on line for less money. Some places even cut the tags out of dresses so you don’t know the style number, or so I read here on weddingbee. I wanted to avoid all the hussling and feeling like I was being sold to just to make a sale.
I will tell you that I think doing the dress shopping with one friend you trust is better than bring a lot of people…or go alone. You are more likely to get a feel for what you like. You might even try on dresses that are out of your current budge and then try and find these used online or lightly or sometimes not at all used and then buy all the bridesmaid dresses from the dress shop. I hate the idea of using a shop like that and I would never do it to a small business owner, but if you go to Saks or something…I wouidn’t feel too bad.
You never know where you might find the perfect dress and part of it is, I think, being really appreciative of the fact that sometimes what we have in our head isn’t really what we are suppose to wear.
Post # 5
All the places let me take pics. They felt so bad for me shopping alone without my mom! I told them that was the only way i’d be ok buying a dress, if my mom could "shop" with me online.
They didn’t care. I also didn’t go to places like Demetrios or anything crazy expensive though.
Use your camera phone =] or camera w/ no flash unless the lady tries to dress you. I hate that. Yes, thanks, i can dress myself.
Post # 6
The second dress that I tried on was the "one." I ordered it back in November and just went yesterday for my first fitting! I was so nervous that I was going to have dress regret because I chose this dress so quickly. Fortunately, I loved the dress as much yesterday as I did six months ago!
Post # 7
I just bought my dress yesterday, woo hoo. Although I am still going to go some bridal salons just to check it out because that is just the way I am : )
Post # 8
when i voted, i voted by how many gowns i tried on and when i think about it really makes my head spin! i tried on at least 20 gowns; however, i found my gown a few months before i tried any on and immediately fell in love and couldnt wait to see it in person. when i tried it on, it was perfect but i wanted to be sure so i tried on what felt like a million other gowns and narrowed it down to a top 5. 2 more visits and i chose the original one i fell in love with!
Post # 9
I went with the second gown I tried on. I think I tried on four total, because the bridal consultant suggested that I sample a few more to make sure #2 was the perfect one. Quick and painless process! The MOB/bridesmaids dresses were much more work than mine.
Post # 10
My dress was number 53 out of a total of 55 dresses I tried on in six different stores over two weekends. Four of those places allowed taking pictures (though I only took pictures in three because the fourth place was a last minute idea and I forgot to bring the camera) and the other two places only allowed pictures after buying a dress.
Post # 11
I am so surprised and impressed that so many bees found "the one" in under 5 tries!
My mom and I went to another bridal salon today – 4 in total, 30 dresses tried in 3 days. She lives out of town, so this is probably it for dress shopping together.
@FlipFlop – it was sort of an intentional red herring. 🙂 It would be interesting to know what people’s "magic number" is.
@ejs4y8 – tried to get up the nerve to take pics today, but there was a big "no photography" sign in the dressing room and the consultant lady seemed to be hovering around.