(Closed) Made my first dress shopping appointment EVER!! Any advice?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

try on a lot! grab things you wouldn’t imagine, they look so much different on. 

Post # 4
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Try on at least a few dresses you don’t think are your style. If you read around on the dress boards here, you’ll see that most brides reported getting a dress that was not what they originally imagined at all and often was something they thought they would hate.

Be honest about your budget and also be firm to it. Don’t tell them $800 if it’s really $2000. Tell them it’s max $2000, but you are hoping to spend under $1000, or whatever is appropriate for your budget. It will save you time and effort.

If you don’t find something you like, just keep looking. Some women LOVE DB and others (myself included) wanted to run out of there screaming as fast as possible. The customer service can vary a lot.

Post # 5
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Try everything! Just because you think you won’t like it doesn’t mean that’s true. Try at least one of every fabric, shape, etc. Have fun!

Post # 6
28 posts
  • Wedding: December 2012

It took me 28 appointments and over 170 dresses…

Def try a lot on, don’t go crazy that you get overwhelmed but for 1st appt def try different silhouettes. Go on their website and know which styles u want to try on , this will help the consultant pull those 1st, then ask her to suggest a few for you. They will give you a strapless bra and willput u in a petticoat so you are comfortable with her dressing you. If you go to other salons you will need to have your own strapless bra and def wear modest underwear cuz they will help you in and out of gowns and u r left standing there in your undies.

Dont take too many people with you, most of my appts I went by myself, the ones I went with my BFF or sisters I felt like I was more concerned about if they liked it that if I did.

Most importantly….. do your makeup and your hair and wear little studs don’t weAr crazy jewelry that will throw u off, if u go looking like you rolled out of bed with no make up n crazy hair it’ll be harder to visualize the look.   Most importantly have fun!!

Post # 7
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Yay, I had my first (and last) appointment at David’s just 2 weeks ago! Try on different types of dresses, all sorts of styles, designers. More you try, better. Not only because it will give you a better idea of what looks good on you and what not, but also it is so much fun!!! We choose only one dress in the end, but I love the idea of trying on different wedding dresses, like an actress. I had to buy mine right away because of time constraints, but I wish I lived in US, I would go to the bridal shops every weekend before the wedding lol. Enjoy and post photos of your favorites! 🙂

P.S. Also important: browse David’s web-site and write down numbers of your favorite styles, this will give your consultant an idea of what to start with. After that go around the shop and pick some other dresses in addition to your list. But believe me, none of the photos do any justice to the dresses, I was astonished how beautiful some of the dresses were opposed to their pictures on the web-site.

Post # 9
2086 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

-an entourage will slow you down. The more people yo bring,the few dresses you’ll get to try on.

-try on one of every silhouette, even of you don’t think you’ll like a particular style. Things look different when they’re on you vs the model.

-don’t let anyone pressure you to buy.

-relax and have fun! This isn’t something about which you should be nervous!

Post # 10
2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@DanaE:  don’t listen to your coworker. i may not be a DB fan, but it’s a good place to start looking. they have every shape, every style, every price point. and if you don’t find anything there, try somewhere else.

i second PP’s. be honest. if you hate something, say it.

and don’t let them force you into buying anything. the consultants i had at DB were ridiculously pushy. i hope you get someone better.

Post # 11
7609 posts
Bumble Beekeeper


Post # 12
17 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

My advice – since this is your first time, go by yourself. It gives you the chance to just try things on at your own pace and really consider your own feelings, instead of relying on others. I did this for my first appointment and the salon I went to seemed quite relieved I didn’t have an entourage, and they paid a lot of attention to me. I also went during non-peak hours.


But most of all, just have fun with it, you probably won’t find the ONE but you’ll be a step closer to knowing what you want and what looks good on you. ENJOY! 🙂


And remember – finding the dress is a great moment, but it’s about the journey to find that dress, too!

Post # 13
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I got engaged july 21st and went dressing shopping at DB a week later on Sunday. The consultants actually looked funny when my entourage told them I was only engaged a week (I was in the dressing room when this happened.) I do not understand why that’s strange. I gave them an October 2013 wedding date, but I told them that was the latest month we’d get married. We had also thrown around getting married in March.

Anyways, I wouldn’t recommend makeup, because some of my lipstick was getting inside the dress, and I saw make up from other women in the dress “tunnel.” I call it a tunnel because I felt like I was going through one each time I put the dress over my head.

I’d say put your hair in a ponytail or something because it will not really be desirable to have it down since dresses go over your head to try them on.


Post # 15
2437 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Try on different styles, you never know until it’s on you.

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