- 8 years ago
- Wedding: December 1969
I tried on a ton of dresses and went to a lot of shops. Here are some things that were important to me or bugged me;
– let people take photos. I know a lot of places don’t like to allow this but I completely axed a wonderful shop out of my list because I found it too hard to make a decision without being able to look at photos of myself in the dresses
– don’t make the “pedestal” too high. One shop I went to the pedestal they have brides stand on was 4 feet off the ground. I am not good in heels and not good on a pedestal in a tight dress, it was too much for me and I hated it. Make it low and easy to get up on without assistance
– Have a range of sizes, if you have everything in a size 8 you are going to lose all the plus size brides. Telling a bride to “hold it up to get an idea of what it will look like is not helpful at all”
– Do not tell people what style they need to wear. This was an issue I had at every single bridal salon I went to. I am a plus size and every place told me I needed an A line, I didn’t want an A line and I didn’t buy an A line. There was no way anyone was going to get a sale by not listening to me. Suggestion are fine but saying “oh you won’t like anything else it’s all dropped waist” after I just finished saying I want a dropped waist gown is incredibly frustrating!!
– Allow the brides and their families to pull and look through gowns. I know this can get messy but I pulled my own gown and I pulled my friend’s as well. As good as a consultant can be they don’t know the bride and sometimes it’s just easier to have someone who knows them look through things. I was very disappointed in one place when I didn’t get to try on something I had wanted to because the consultant never pulled it
– friendly consultants, everyone has a bad day and that’s fine but someone who is miserable and hates their job and ignores you is really upsetting when you are searching for a wedding dress. The shop I ended up buying from had the nicest consultant and I recommend them to everyone because she was so nice and easygoing.
– Let the men in! Some shops have a “no men in the wedding gown area” rule. This becomes an issue for girls who are shopping with fathers, brothers, uncles or male friends. I would not buy a gown if my father wasn’t there.
– website! This is a huge one for me. Have an up to date list on your website of dresses you have (with a pic, even the stock photo is good) and the size you have available to try on. I would have come prepared with a list if what I wanted to try if more stores would do this. You can even have people email you the dresses they want to try before their appointments so that you can have a few set up in a fitting room ready for them when they get there.
– hair accessories, surprisingly hard to find things like nice bridal hair flowers, I would recommend selling some.
– don’t let consultants eat on the sales floor (yes I saw this) and please don’t let them eat something that reeks and will make the place smell. I know you have to let people eat but seriously I don’t want fish smell where I might be buying a dress