(Closed) Putting on your wedding dress

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
8584 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013


i went to the first dress trying on experience with my mom. it was me, my mom, and salesgirl in a private room. 

2nd place i went, i broght 2 friends and mother, but in the private dressing room was just me and salesgirl, the room was smaller.

3rd place, i did it myself, but the dresses were big and help would have been nice.

4th place (where I got my dress) – me and salesperson

since you are just trying on, wear undergarments that cover you more if you are so uncomfortable.  honestly, it’s not a big deal, they have seen every shape and size they are not looking at you.


Post # 4
1416 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I was able to put my wedding dress on in five seconds flat, we actually had to pretend to be still zipping it up for the camera because the photog missed it, it was so quick! My dress was unusally light and had a zipper (w/ false buttons), I stepped in and my mom zipped me up. Granted while dress shopping I had my “entourage” (mom and 3 BMs) because I wanted their opinions, but the one bridal attendant was the only person who actually put me in the dresses, even the largest heaviest one didn’t need more than one pair of hands helping, but it would have been difficult to put it on myself, at the very least would have needed somebody to zip me up at the end…you wouldn’t even be comfortable with your mom or a close friend helping? You can tell the attendant to leave the room and just have that one person you trust help you?

Post # 5
838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2008


Sweetie, disregard ALL the posts that say you need an entire army to get your dress on. Those people just feel like they need an entourage for everything. They’re probably the same people who needed 6 people to go with them to find a dress, 12 people to go with them to each fitting, etc.


It took ONE, and I mean ONE person to help me into my dress. My bridemaids had their own dressing suite, my Maid/Matron of Honor and I dressed together. After she put on her dress, we put mine over my head, she tugged it down, laced up the corset back and helped me put on my shoes.

Post # 6
589 posts
Busy bee

For my actual dress I needed 2 people because the dress had to go over my head to fit over the poofy slip and it was a corset back. 

However, having said that, there were plenty of dresses that I tried on that did not require much help at all.  When I was at David’s Bridal, I put all the dresses on myself because the “consultant” did not help AT ALL.  She basicall threw a bunch of dresses in a room for me and walked away.  It was no difference from any dress shoping trip.  But anyway, those dresses had a zipper in the back.  I did not have a slip, so was able to just step into the dresses myself.  Very simple to put on.

Post # 7
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

You can step into the dress by yourself, but you’re probably going to need someone to lace it up/zip it etc. You might be able to get the zipper partway up but someone would likely have to finish it. And I don’t think anyone is capable of lacing themselves into a corset dress. 

Do you have sisters? Your mom? Best friend? It’s probably not as awkward as you think. 

Post # 8
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I had a beautiful, fluffy a-line dress and I didn’t need a whole entourage. I didn’t even have a BP! All I had in the room with me were the photographer and the MUA. I went into the restroom, climbed into my dress and had my MUA zip me up the extra inch or two. I even got into the slip/crinoline by myself.

I agree that if you have a corset, you’ll need someone to really tighten the laces and tie it up, but I don’t think you need an entourage.

Post # 10
1966 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My sisters really did require like 4 people. She couldn’t step into it & had to have it over her head. In full makeup it was a serious project. Her dress was a huge corset ballgown. A simpler dress light weight dress  would be much easier to get on. Just need someone to zip or button you up. 

Post # 11
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@BrideNH:  Wedding dresses can be simple as any department store dress or you’re right as extravegant as to require a hoard of girls to help you get it on.


Don’t worry about the appointment, when I went the sales lady helping me asked if I wanted her help or if I planned on having one of my family members help.  They’re used to dealing with all comfort levels, I’m sure!

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