(Closed) my first dress shopping experience

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

They’ve always had a bra there at the shop for me to use, but I’ve only gone to David’s Bridal and Group USA, not a boutique. They also usually help you try the gowns on, since they are sometimes difficult to get into. You should def. bring someone with you to squee with! 😀 Some places don’t need appointments if they aren’t busy (better luck on weekdays), so you could try stopping by another place or two for kicks if you aren’t tired afterwards. I noticed I spent more time trying things on and looking around than I thought I would, so it might be harder/not as fun if you have to shorten your time and leave for a second appt.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

Sounds like you’ll have lots of fun! Maybe make a 2nd appointment 2 hours after the first, then you can call and cancel the second if you need or go to a coffee shop in between if you get done early at the first.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I wore boyshorts so I wasn’t flashing the lady helping me try on. I would def make another appointment, either before or after the one at 2.

Also remember to step off the pedestal so you will know what you look like for real. I loved a dress that looked amazing while standing on the pedestal, so long and lean, but when I stepped off, it just crumpled into blah-land.  If you have your shoes picked out, def bring those and look at yourself in pictures to see how the dress looks in photos

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

My advice for dress shopping: wear nice panties and bra, bring a camera to take photos with, and a pair of heels possibly.  Have FUN!  It was one of my most favorite parts of the planning process!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

everyplace i went to had a choice of bustiers to use, but if you have your own, you’ll probably be more comfortable. make sure you were decent undies (no thongs) cause you’ll be standing around in them a lot in front of a stranger. if you plan to wear spanx or similar, wear those too (plus that can help you feel less naked in front of said stranger).

i would encourage you to try and make an appt at another place if your getting into the city if a rarity and a distance. i have never heard of any bridal salon allowing walk-ins – especially on a saturday!!

and just because you don’t find your perfect dress doesn’t mean its a wasted day – you’ll learn more about your choices and what looks good on you so that if you have to take another day later, you’ll be more prepared. you never know – maybe what you’re envisioning won’t look the way you think it will and you’ll end of with something different. keep an open mind and try on different styles that the consultant brings you.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

Haha, every time I went I just flashed people in my thong. And I agree it won’t be a waste day. It’ll be tons of fun! Don’t feel pressured to buy the first day if you don’t fall in love with a dress.

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