Questions about trying on dresses!

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

1. I brought 2 people with me.. my mom and my aunt.

2. I went to a smaller, local boutique, so there wasn’t an end time as far as I know. There was only one other customer in the shop while I was there. I tried on 5 or 6 dresses because I knew the kind of dress I was looking for. 

3. I looked at dresses online to give me guidance on elements I liked so I could communicate my wish list to the consultant. 

4. I found and bought my dress from the first and only salon I visited. 

5. I ordered my dress in early May for my end of November wedding. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

1. I brought just my mom. My sister was supposed to come too but she couldn’t make it.

2. There was no “end time” for my appointments but each were around an hour and I tried on 5 or 6 dresses at each.

3. It’s not required but I would strongly suggest having a basic idea of what you’re looking for. It’s okay to be open minded but to walk in and say “I have no idea” doesn’t bode well for the appointment simply because most salons have hundreds of dresses and you’ll spend the whole time narrowing it down to what type you like and you won’t have time to try on dresses of that style once you figure it out.

4. I went to 6 salons.

5. I ordered my dress in mid-May and my wedding is December 2nd so basically 7 months in advance.

Post # 4
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Wannabee

1. How many people did you bring with you to your appointment? I brought a group the first time, 4 bms, my mil, and my mother. I suggest not doing that. Too many voices. When I went the 2nd time with my gm, it was great, and I had my mother come to the double check my choice. I would say bring the top 2-3 people in your head. My last shop I brought my Maid/Matron of Honor and her sister who is also a Bridesmaid or Best Man. Just thinking of the voices that want for you.

2. How long was your appointment and how many dresses did you try on? An hour, and maybe 7-8 depending on the stylist.

3. Did you do anything to prepare for your appointment? The heel height you want that day, and spanx?

4. How many salons did you visit before you found “the dress”? 1-3, I got my first dress from Alfred Angelo which turned into a fiasco, but lucky paid on my Credit Card. My 2nd dress was at my 4th store, a local place, and it was great.

5. How far away was your wedding when you ordered your gown? 6 months for the first one, 4 months because of the Alfred Angeo incident (Bridal Places were so understanding!!!)

 

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I went with just my mom. They didn’t give us a time limit but I was there about an hour. I purposefully picked a salon that had a dress that I wanted to try on. I tried on that one and 4 others, but purchased the one that I came in to see. That was the only shop I went to. I bought my dress pretty early– November 2016 for a June 2018 wedding. It came in to the shop in May, and I took my sisters when I went to try it on so they could see it.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

1. How many people did you bring with you to your appointment? For the first weekend I went dress shopping, my parents, sister, and best friend came (my parents and best friend flew in). I ended up going by myself to try on a few more in the following weeks and sent pictures to them… and just ordered one I found on my own and my fam loved from the pics!

2. How long was your appointment and how many dresses did you try on? Usually about 1.5 hours. I probably tried on about 8 at each. 

3. Did you do anything to prepare for your appointment? Shaved my legs! haha Try to have an idea of the looks you like – Pinterest and bridal mags help. I knew I wanted lace and something more fitted, but I tried on strapless dresses and ones with straps and even tried poofier ones, just so I could be sure. ALSO, look up which designers the dress store carries. That way, you can look at the designers’ websites to get an idea of what they might have and specific styles you like. I didn’t learn to do that until my last few appointments and made it way less stressful.

4. How many salons did you visit before you found “the dress”? Oh, god. I am embarrassed to say. I think I ended up going to 8 in all… maybe 9. I swear I’m not a crazy person – I just didn’t find any I loved until the very last place.

5. How far away was your wedding when you ordered your gown? I just ordered mine yesterday – and my wedding is next May! So a little over 8 months. I really should’ve started looking sooner, because I was in a time crunch to find the right one. It is super helpful to look early so you can make appointments at trunk shows of designers that you like… and get a discount when you buy the dress you love!

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

1. I brought my mom and my sister.  The fewer opinions, the better! 

 

2. I tried on maybe 4-6 dresses at each salon. I’m picky and had a vision of what I was looking for.  We were probably at each place about 1-1.5 hours.

 

3. I had tear-sheets of a few high end ($5-10k range) dresses I loved to be able to show what kind of dress I wanted.

 

4. I tried on dresses at 3 bridal salons but ended up buying the very first dress from the first salon.  They pulled the perfect dress for me based on my tear sheets; I just didn’t want to commit until I’d tried on a few more.

 

5. Ordered 10 months out- early summer for a spring wedding.  

 

Unsolicited advice:

1. Don’t try ANYTHING on that’s over your budget.  I had a $3k budget and tried on one dress in the $4500 range “just because”….it almost ruined my day because of course for 50% more money, you get nicer materials, fit, etc.  Just don’t.

 

2. Don’t even try on dresses until 12 months out unless you absolutely, 120% know that you are strong enough to not go into another store, try on another dress, look at dresses online or in magazines, etc after you order your dress.  The only brides I know who ended up with dress regret or bought multiple dresses were the ones who shopped way too early.  

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

veganeh :  Hey there! I’m a bridal consultant at a couture salon and I was also married last year. My own experience wasn’t totally normal as I didn’t visit different shops, but I can tell you what is “normal” from my experience with hundreds of brides each year. 

 

1. How many people did you bring with you to your appointment?

Most brides bring 2-3 guests, usually mom, sister, or bff. Some girls bring larger parties and that’s up to the individual. Sometimes the large group is overwhelming, and sometimes the bride genuinely has 5+ very close friends/family members who she couldn’t imagine shopping without  

2. How long was your appointment and how many dresses did you try on?

Most salons offer appointments in the 1.5 hour range and most brides will try 5-10 gowns  

3. Did you do anything to prepare for your appointment?

Usually brides have a Pinterest board or collection of inspirational pics to show the consultant. Other than that, don’t get a spray tan right before your appointment! You should have the budget talk with whoever is paying for the dress, and usually it’s good to have a firm date and location so you can envision how your gown should fit into the event.

4. How many salons did you visit before you found “the dress”?

This really depends… Some girls visit 10, some visit one. How much time do you have to dedicate to shopping? How many weekends will your friends trek across town with you?

5. How far away was your wedding when you ordered your gown?

 Designers advise ordering 9-12 months in advance to allow time for production, alterations, and portraits, and some wiggle room in case of a delay. Ordering sooner is fine if you don’t cheat on your dress and ordering later is fine as long as the gown is actually available!

Read more: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/questions-about-trying-on-dresses/#ixzz4sKLPChQr

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

veganeh :  I am a Hayley Paige bride and I must say you have made a great choice. Her gowns are STUNNING. 

To answer your questions:

1. I brought 2 people, my mom and one of my 2 MOH’s. The other is out of state. It was so easy with not many people. Too many opinions will shroud your own eventually. 

2. My appointment was about an hour and a half. I had the shop all to myself for that time, which was amazing. I am a plus sized bride and not feeling like everyone was staring at my flaws was very helpful. I tried on 4 gowns, all HP since I knew she was the one. I tried her Hayley, Remmington, Elysia, and Lorelei (I am a Lorelei bride:) ) 

3. Nope. I made sure to wash my hair and have some makeup on so as to feel slightly glammed up and it did enhance the experience. I was nowhere near what I hope to look like on my wedding day but I’d have regretted not putting on any makeup. 

4. 1. The second salon I went to was it. I traveled two hours for it but it was so worth it. I did my research beforehand and didn’t walk in blind not knowing what I liked. I’d suggest figuring out your style and aesthetic and what looks good on your body. It will save you so much time. 

5. I ordered in August, and my wedding is next September. So 13 months essentially. There was an HP trunk show so the girl at the shop offered me 10% off which was fabulous. 

 

Which HP are you looking at? I’d be happy to give some insight on how some of her gowns fit and feel. 

 

Post # 10
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213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

1. I’ve had multiple appointments, and anywhere from 1-4 people came depending on who could make it (usually my bridesmaids, but the 4 was my mom, aunt, grama, and dad)

2. The official time were anywhere from an hour-2 hours, though I never felt rushed even if I went to end up their stated time (I personally never went over, but I don’t think it would have been a problem)

3. Not really. The first appointment I brought a strapless nude bra, but I didn’t end up needing it (all the dresses I was trying had built-ins) and I also always wore nude underwear. Oh, I also made a list of dresses I liked by designers each shop carried (I actually sent the shops the list ahead of time to make sure they had some of those dresses, though it seemed the shops thought I was crazy for doing so)

4. I still haven’t, though I’ve narrowed it down to 2 dresses, and I have what will hopefully be my final appointment this weekend. If it is, I will have gone to 7 shops and tried on roughly 100 dresses (but I’m crazy…)

5. My wedding isn’t til July of next year, and I’m planning to order by October, so it’ll be 9 months away.

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Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

1- Two, My mom and my sister/MOH

2- One hour.  I think I tried on about 10 dresses

3- I looked at dresses online to figure out some basics of what I was looking for.  I also wore a strapless bra for the appointment

4- I only went to one salon.  Then I ordered some online and picked on of those.

5- About 9 months away.

Post # 12
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1209 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

1. How many people did you bring with you to your appointment? 2-3 for each appointment

2. How long was your appointment and how many dresses did you try on? Average 2 hours. I actually went to Kleinfeld and they were pretty strict on the 2 hour limit since the next round of brides is coming in. I think I tried on about 7-8 dresses?

3. Did you do anything to prepare for your appointment? Wore a strapless bra and spanx, brought pictures of dresses I liked printed out as well as on my phone, and tried to keep an open mind and try on several different styles of dresses to see what looked best on my body. 

4. How many salons did you visit before you found “the dress”? I visited four salons in total but knew the dress I wanted after the third one- the fourth one I went because it was the day after and I already had the appointment, and that just cemented my decision!

5. How far away was your wedding when you ordered your gown? I ordered my dress end of Dec. 2016 for my Oct. 2017 wedding. 

 

Post # 13
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9152 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

1.  How many people did you bring with you to your appointment? my mom only

2. How long was your appointment and how many dresses did you try on? 1-2 hours, as many dresses as i wanted

3. Did you do anything to prepare for your appointment? nope, just showed up

4. How many salons did you visit before you found “the dress”? i think i went to 5 or 6 places

5. How far away was your wedding when you ordered your gown? ordered in march, wedding in october.  dress came in in july.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

1.  For the first appointment I brought my mom, sister, Future Mother-In-Law, and Future Sister-In-Law.  After that it was just my mom and sister

2. 1.5 hours is standard.  I tried on around 6-7 at each.

3.  I made sure I had a strapless bra and spanx.

4. I found the dress at the 6th store.

5. Ordered 12 months out.  It will come in very early with 8 months to go.

Post # 15
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1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

1. How many people did you bring with you to your appointment? Just my mom. I went to one appointment alone.

2. How long was your appointment and how many dresses did you try on? 1.5 hours. Usually 5+ dresses per store.

3. Did you do anything to prepare for your appointment? Set my budget. I also had a rough idea of what I liked in a dress.

4. How many salons did you visit before you found “the dress”? 4

5. How far away was your wedding when you ordered your gown? 15 months. At one store, I was told I was still pretty early, and I could wait until 8 months out.

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