(Closed) Not excited about wedding dress shopping

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Try to relax. The sales assistants are there to calm, relax and help you find a dress to suit your tastes and figure. Can you call ahead and explain this to them? They will then make more of an effort to help you find your special dress.

Perhaps once you are there trying on dresses you will feel better. If you don’t find a dress you like tomorrow, perhaps it would be better to take just one or two of your closest friends?

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

Hopefully you wake up more in the spirit tomorrow! An awesome support system should help with that. Put on a cute outfit in the morning to get you feeling better.

Although I won’t be dress shopping for a few more months, that is my budget too. Maybe see if there are any bridal consignment shops in your area. I know those are the stores I plan on hitting first. And never underestimate the power of a blingy belt and accessories in amping up a more simple, budget dress. Be open to trying on styles that you may not think will work for you, because you might be surprised.

Good luck! Hope it is a fruitful trip! 🙂

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I feel the exact same way! Ive been putting off wedding dress shopping because dress shopping in my experience is a nightmare. I never find anything I like and always end up buying something out of budget because by that point im just so exhausted and want to get it over with. The one thing that calms me down after browsing dresses online is looking at bridesmaids dresses. My thoughts are that if im really struggling then I will look at white/ivory/blush bridesmaids dresses instead. They are cheaper and generally flatter alot of heights and sizes! Try not to think you need to find a ‘wedding dress’ and instead look for any dress (chainstore bought/ online/ bridesmaids/ prom) that fits your budget, that you LOVE and fits your body well. You can always get alterations if a store bought dress doesnt fit quite right. I also agree with PP, accessories can really make a simple dress stand out so dont be afraid to look at plainer styles. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

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Megbee617:  

This may sound crazy but don’t be afraid to look at bridesmaids dresses. I work at a bridal shop and some of our most popular wedding dresses are actually bridesmaids. Pretty much all Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses are offered in white and ivory and usually retail between $150-$300

Here are some that we sell alot as wedding gowns:

Mori Lee 721

Mori Lee 724

Mori Lee 702

Mori Lee 696

Mori Lee 284

Wtoo 894

Wtoo 501

Jim Hjelm Occasions JH5125

Jim Hjelm Occasions JH5121

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Barn with apple orchard

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Megbee617:  I had a really similar experience — I’m short and chubby and the dresses I liked best online didn’t work on me, and the dresses that looked best on me were over my budget. It will work out, though! Now you know that there ARE dresses you love, and you can look for similar styles for a lower price. Have you looked at used or sample dresses being sold online?

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

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Megbee617:  I’m another vote for looking at bridesmaid dresses. I found some fantastic ones while I was shopping for my wedding gown and you’ll likely get a better quality dress for a cheaper price because it doesn’t have the word “bridal” attached to it.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

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Megbee617:  

Being that you are petite with curves (I refuse to use the word chubby and you shouldn’t either)  it is really important for you to go try on dresses in person and I would advise buying online if possible. Obviously if it comes to that than that’s another thing however as you said what you thought you liked in photos may not work. Everything looks awesome on a photoshopped size 0 model, it’s finding the dress and style that is right for your body type. You can’t do that online and you don’t want to risk being locked into a dress since you already have a budget with no room for do-overs. 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Barn with apple orchard

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Megbee617:  A couple people already suggested this, but consignment shops are definitely worth checking out. Some of the more expensive boutique shops also have bargain basements (Camilla’s in Arlington, MA has one). I had a MUCH better experience trying on (discount) higher-end dresses than I had at David’s Bridal. I got my dress at Bridal & Gift in Attleboro, MA, and I would absolutely recommend them. Their hours are a little weird, but their selection is great.

I wouldn’t buy a dress online unless I’d already tried on that exact dress, but if you can find a dress you tried on and loved for a better price somewhere like Tradesy or preownedweddingdresses, it’s a good way to save money.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

You could always make a list of dresses you like and have tried on and then use that to shop online. It feels risky, that definitely is true. maybe another option is a bridal consignment shop…or look for a trunk show or sample sale in local stores. 

Eventhough you left empty handed, and loved gowns over your budget, at least you know there are dresses out there. 🙂 besides, with the right shape wear and padding, i think all girls can find their comfortable look in a gown they love. 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Barn with apple orchard

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Megbee617:  Oh, if you haven’t checked out Vows in Watertown (bridepower online), they have an extensive online catalog and lower prices than the boutiques.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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Megbee617:  I don’t have the same body type as you. but I’m also from the area and my budget was $1000ish. I got my dress at BHLDN and they had plenty of dresses that were under $1000- some of them were bridesmaid dresses, but you could get them in white. I also looked online at Ann Taylor Bridal and there were some great deals and really pretty dresses. You will definitely find something- not need to be discouraged!

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