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

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I didn’t try on a single weddingsdress before I ordered mine.  I absolutely knew I wanted a Maggie Karena Royale.  No shop in my area had it, so I just called Pearl’s Place in LA and ordered my size. Never once did I regret doing it that way! It saved sooo much time not trying to coordinate people to go shopping, plus I don’t like shopping with other people.

 

Btw, I highly recommend Pearl’s Place.  They carry almost every designer at much lower prices and are a dream to worwright.

Post # 33
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@starfish0116:  Its very true, that every salon is different in how they treat the brides! I went to David’s Bridal for my first stop, and they as most girls know that have purchased there, they help you in and out of the dresses.

 

Where I purchased my dress, I just had to step in and pull it up and then the consultant came in and laced me up or zipped up the dress. It all varies! But at the end of the day, I cared more that I got the designer I wanted as well.

Post # 34
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753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@musician32992:  Or maybe a size larger? And you can take it in?

Post # 35
Hostess
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@musician32992: I bought my dress from a shop and yes it was a nice experience it wasn’t as perfect as I had built up in my mind since the age of 10 or something. If you have your dream dress, that’s what matters.

Post # 36
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

You can most certainly go TRY on dresses, there is no obligation to buy. This way, you can get both experiance. And you can figure out EXACTLY what you want, and what flatters your figure.

If you find a dress you LOVE, you can also have it replicated, or at the very least find similiar.

I’m purchasing my dress online.. i really don’t have anyone to go with as my mother isn’t supportive[of me… makes rude comments about my weight/boobs ect] + i found the dress I want online.

Post # 37
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I think that buying from a local shop can go either way. 

 

PROS:

1. You get to try before you buy.

2.  It *can* be a super fun experience/girls outing if: you have plenty of time to shop for a dress, budget isn’t a huge issue OR you have excellent self control when you find that dream dress in store and can’t imagine any other one BUT its 4k over the your budget, if you shoswing with fun people AND the consultants at the store are fun, polite and knowledgable.

3.  You might score a super awesome deal at a boutique mummy sisters dress was originally $1200, bufound I found it locally at a wedding boutique that was getting ready to close.  It had a rip and needed to be dry cleaned, but after that was taken care of, I couldnt have imagined a better dress for my sister.  It was perfect.

 

CONS:

1.  You might fall in love with a dress that you simply can’t afford. Seeing it online is one thing. Having the ability to trit no on, but knowing you’ll be paying it off long after you’ve worn it is a other.

2.  If you’ve got the wrong company, it can really ruin your day.

3.  Having a less-than-expected-experience at a shop really sucks.

4. Not necessarily, but not uncommon-  might pays pay a lot more.

 

My sister didn’t immediately settle on the dress my mom found for her, so we still went dress shopping.  The experiencew miserable.  She felt rushed, people weren’t helpful, it was ridiculously crowded, and she felt like a number rather than a bride.  Same wento for bridesmaids dresses.  This is not the experience that everyone has- totally not saying that.  But it can happen, and it s slightly discouraging and frustrating.

Now it’s my turn.  I went this morning to check out some dresses I found online in person….and I do have an appointment next week to try a few on.  

I’m excited to find the perfect dress, but generally speaking, I don’t like clothes shopping (call me crazy).

 

If it were up to me, I would order a few dressed online and return the ones that didn’t work….but we are paying cash for everything and I don’t want that money tied up for weeks at a time (November!!). And then I would have fun hitting bridal accessories for accessories, veil, and bridesmaids 🙂

 

 

 

Post # 38
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I bought my dress online after having 1 shopping tri, and while I love my dress I still feel like I’ve missed out a bit. I’m considering having one more trip to see if another style of dress would work – my dress was super cheap so I could potentially get another dress and stay under busget

Post # 39
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491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@musician32992:  I bought a sample and it was a size 12. It just depends on the store and what size they order the sample dresses in. I’m actually a 6. So it’s been taking in a lot at the moment. 

 

 

Post # 40
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m 99% sure I will get my dress online for the same reason.  I will still check out a couple bridal stores to get the experience and to make sure I don’t miss out on a deal though.  Also, I decided that if I do buy online, I will invite those over who would normally be at a bridal shop visit with me (mom, sister, aunt) when the dress comes in. The best of both worlds 🙂

Post # 41
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I had a similar ish experience. I also loved the Bermeo but it wasn’t in any bridal shops as it was the 2012 collection. So I went round regardless and tried on dresses in bridal shops (I felt no pressure to buy as I thought I might buy for the right price and If I fall in love with one then I can always get a replica made or search the preloved/preowned bridal websites). I didn’t fall in love with any dresses but did find the bermeo preowned online and brought it. I loved the bridal experience and wouldn’t have wanted to get married without it. It is a personal perference though. I’m a girly girl and my mum and sis were so excited about it all and it was so much fun, I loved it.

 

Maybe you could have a looky around on preloved/preowned, I know you are small in size but perhaps if you find a bermeo in a 4 or 6 you can get it taken in?  

Post # 42
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Post # 43
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Post # 44
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Sprry for the awful pics and bad lighting but thought it might help you if you are buying online seeing the bermeo on a real bride. 

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