(Closed) Older brides? How was your dress shopping experience?

posted 8 years ago in 30 Something
Post # 17
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17 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

 My dress shopping experince was better than expected.  I was really stressing over the whole thing.  I took only my mom and maid of honor.  We were just going to look and went to a local shop.  It was pleasent enough tried on 5 gowns didn’t see anything I liked and headed to another local shop.  I was looking for something very very simple.  I was still nervous and thought this shop only would have fancy dresses.  It was the 3rd dress that I tried on.  My mom even picked it and suggested that I tried it on and since I was already nake it didn’t matter.  That one was the winner.  I cried!  Which I totally thought wasn’t going to happen.   we even got the bm dresses there and my mother’s dress (since she is giving me away). 

However, my 9 year old daughter is in the wedding and this shop didn’t carry junior bridesmaid dresses I made an appt at David’s Bridal.  It was the most horriable experince I have ever had.  I set up an appt.  They didn’t even speak to me until 30 mins after my appt time.  Then I had to wait another 30 mins for someone to help us.  Then the sales lady wasn’t even around to anwers questions about colors on the dresses.  I would have had a melt down if I had to get my dress there.  I’m only hoping my daughters dress is correct when it gets here. 

Post # 18
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93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Congrats on having a great time! I was really worried that my dress shopping experience was going to be rough also, because of not being 20 yrs old, and being plus size. But like you, I strapped on my shape wear and braved on. I had a great time also. There are so many beautiful gowns to choose from that are great for any age. (That’s not to say there wasn’t a fair share of gowns out there that could double as a prom dress- because there is) But no one shoudl fear dress shopping because of age (or weight- or any other reason) There is so much to choose from. I think we are all mentally damaged by what the regular (street clothes) fashion world has made us feel like that we are all terrified that no dresses will be right for us. Apparently wedding designers have gotten a good perspective that there brides come in all ages and shapes 🙂

Post # 20
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6114 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

The average age of a bride in my state is 20.  I am 36.  I cannot tell you how many faces I got when they ask who is the bride and I say “I am the bride.”  They pause for a second and then look down or shuffle papers.  I usually make light of it, but seriously it’s awkward in this land of 3-month long engagements.

 

That was probably one factor which lead to my various online purchases as well.

Post # 24
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6114 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ah!  I loved seeing your dress journey!

 

Yep 20 is the average age, I looked it up on the Utah statistics.  22 for men.

Post # 26
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37 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I was way more nervous than I thought I would be… I’m not plus sized but I am very curvy, and street sized clothes often look terrible on me because apparently designers think that any woman under 130lbs should be shaped like a sitck.  

I was also worried because the store I chose turned out to be pretty swanky, in a very nice part of town… and at the same time I had my appointment, a set of very young, and very tiny women also had an appointment to look at bridesmaids dresses. The store was small and intimate and we couldn’t avoid seeing each other, and boy did I feel self-conscious at first!

But it turned out just fine!  The attendent was very helpful and friendly and I did not feel snubbed at all.  She adjusted the sample size so it looked best on me and voila!  It all fit me really well and I looked great (in my opinion, anyway!)  One dress though was THE ONE and I bought it that day.  The size I ordered will need to be altered but I know it will look great once it fits me properly.

Post # 27
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529 posts
Busy bee

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@Crazyhair:  Love the dress pics and the prank you played on your SO!  The dress you picked is beautiful! Isn’t it funny how the ones you think you will like don’t always look good on you? 

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