Post # 1
I am super excited, as I’ve made my first dress shopping appointment! It’s on the 31st at David’s Bridal (we live in a rural town, and they are only 2 stores in the nearby city that would fit my budget, So its our first stop). It’s just going to be me and my mom, and I love that. When we go shopping together she is much better at helping me find stuff I like than my friends. Also, it’s going to be a great bonding thing. I never went to prom, and so we’ve never had an experience like this before. I am not quite ready to buy. I just want to get an idea, but with my limited budget (wanna stay under $500), I do not have THAT many options.
What should I expect? How many dresses can you usually try on in an hour and a half? Should I tell them up front that it’s my first time, and I am not looking to buy yet? Also, I’m very small chested, Think AA/A type small, and strapless bras just do not help me what so ever. I don’t even fill the cups. I want to be covered when the attendant helps dress me, but considering I want a dress with straps/sleeves, could I reasonably wear a bra with straps? would you recommend just using one of their bras? Thanks!
Post # 3
I went to davids. When I got there, I checked in at the front desk. I was given a catalog to look through and show my consultant which dress I liked. Then we talked about what I wanted in a wedding dress. After that she took me back to a dressing room and asked my bra size and pants size. She brought back a few dress, a bra and a slip for me to use while trying on dresses. I didnt plan on buying a dress as it was only my 2nd place I went to, but ended up falling in love with a dress. It was the third dress I tried on. We had been there less than 30 minutes. I do think it depends on how fast your consultant can get you in a dress and how long it takes you to decide if you like it our not as to how many dress you can try one in 90 minutes.
Post # 4
My first experience was at Davids too, and honestly I think it was a great place to start.
I had looked at some dresses online and ‘favorited’ the ones I liked. In the store, they can pull up that list right from the website. They’ll give you undergarments if you want. I’m also very small chested and that was a huge concern for me (nothing more crushing that trying on a dress and not filling it. At. All). I kept on my undergarments and they provided a long shapewear slip and long bra. They opened fresh packages up so I didn’t have to worry about previous brides.
I got to try on about 6 dresses in like an hour and a half (but we had at least 10 pulled). BUT I’ve had friends that were only allowed to try on three then were told to make another appoint. I also went with just my mom and I’m really glad I did. I found out how she pictured me so that the next few stores I had a good idea of what direction to go.
I told them it was my very first time ever trying on a dress and they were incredibly kind (the whole store, not just the consultant). I did not feel pressured to buy at all. They have called to follow up and see how my hunt was going but it was not obtrusive.
I think you’ll have a great time!
Post # 5
Since you’re going on a weekday it’ll probably be more laid back than a weekend appontment. I had to wait about an hour on a Friday evening. I looked at the dresses while we waited and gave the list from my internet favorites to the consultant. She pulled the dresses she could find in a reasonable size for me and I got to try on several. You don’t need to tell them you’re not ready to buy because you never know. You may fall in love with a dress. I used my own strapless bra, but they offer you one and a slip. After the first couple dresses, it’ll feel less awkward having a stranger dress you. Honestly, the dressing room was very small compared to other stores I went to so once you get a poofy dress or two in there, you’re pretty much drowning in dresses anyways.
Post # 6
Thanks so much, ladies!
Also, have any of you bought a dress off the rack? Are they really any less expensive that way? I may be able to find more options that way, if they really are any cheaper. Also, were you able to get them fitted by the seamstress there?
My fiance has given me the go-ahead if I find a dress that I love and can afford to go ahead and get it before someone else does. I have not gained weight since my sohphomore year of high school, so the possibility of changing sizes doesn’t really scare me.