(Closed) Missing out on the "bridal shop" experience by buying a dress online?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@musician32992:  I did buy my dress in a shop but after speaking to plenty of other brides and asking them about their shopping experience this is what I have gathered:

 

They all were disappointed because they thought it was going to be like Say Yes To The Dress, and when they weren’t serviced in exactly that fashion, they let their appointments disappoint them.

 

If you know what dress you want and you can order it online and you’re happy with it, then that’s all that matters. Take your ladies with you when you go to get alterations, they’ll still get those specail moments with you when they see you in the dress then. :]

Post # 5
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8487 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I didnt order my dress online (I almost did) but I wouldnt imagine missing so much of the “omg this is it” moment, rather than just having the opportunity to try on dresses. You never know what style is going to be the most flattering, and you might surprise yourself by realizing you want something that you didnt know you wanted. 

Even though you’re ordering online, I would still go try on dresses. Just so you can know with 100% certainty that you’re going to like the style you choose.

Post # 6
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15 posts
Newbee

@musician32992:  I have a somewhat similar experience–I’m most likely getting some sort of ordered dress (don’t have one yet yikes), however I went dress shopping with my mom to try on styles, etc.  I could tell she was dying for the experience even if she didn’t say so, and it was really fun. After I tried on dresses with her, she was also able to look at some online and say what she thought I would like or if she saw any that matched my style (which makes her feel more apart of the experience, too).  Maybe you can go dress shopping anyways–and who knows maybe there is one that is inexpensive! Also you could have a viewing day where you try on the dress you ordered at home?

Post # 8
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1408 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

You can still have both experiences! Try on dresses find one you love and get it made. Have you tried on the dress you are thinking about ordering? You want to make sure the style is flattering and makes you feel like a bride

Post # 9
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983 posts
Busy bee

I’m actually going to bridal shops and trying dresses on.  BUT i’m planning on purchasing the knock off from an online site like jasmines or dressilyme before I order.   I want to try on first.  Gotta go out and have that fun 🙂 Plus, you need to see what looks best on you!  Or you can go to Davids Bridal. They have a nice selection of dresses on a tight budget. 

Post # 10
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8487 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@musician32992:  Well, the plus side is that a lot of China shops will do custom, so you could still get really close to the original. And absolutely not! I’m a size 18 and my dress was a sample gown. I only went to two stores (Davids Bridal and another boutique) and I got to try on dresses in both stores. I dont know what size you are, but Davids Bridal had sizes up into the 20s there. 

Post # 12
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8455 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@musician32992:  Check with you local stores, many carry a limited stock of samples that aren’t “sample size.”  Whether you buy there or online, I would definitely go try the dress on in person, then order it.  That way you can have the experience of going gown shopping (it’s only amazing if you LOVE to shop), and still order the dress that you want online with confidence.

Post # 13
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1202 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@musician32992:  I would definitely agree with PP that you should go to a bridal shop anyway and try on dresses so you can pinpoint a style that is most flattering on you. And if you have a tight budget, only try on dresses within your price point. Don’t try on dresses outside of your budget if you can help it. At least this way you can see what looks best on you. Or like a PP, go to David’s Bridal they are having a decent sale right now on wedding gowns. 🙂

Post # 14
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8487 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m REALLY glad I tried on dresses and didnt just order one online willy nilly. Because what I had in mind that I wanted, was NOT what I ultimately ended up getting. At all. 

I thought I would end up getting an empire waist. I was so sure. I really wanted this dress from lightinthebox.

 

So I tried this dress on at Davids Bridal that was a similar shape. It looked AWFUL.

 

And I instead ended up with a dress that was NOTHING like what I pictured. Nothing that I would have even considered. 

 

So, in the end, I’m extremely glad that I tried on dresses before ordering online. I dont think I would have ended up happy with what I got. 

Post # 15
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8487 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@musician32992:  Oh, you’ll still be able to try dresses on. =) Even if they’re slightly too big, they can pin them in the back to make them fit properly.

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