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