(Closed) Scared to try on dresses!!

posted 9 years ago in 30 Something
Post # 3
6 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

chercee – First of all, Congratulations! 

When I started looking for dresses, I felt the same way. I have never been a thin person and when pinning wedding dresses to Pinterest boards and tearing out pages in magazines, I thought to myself how I am never going to look like these models wearing dresses.

I was SO worried about going dress shopping and was dreading it. However, it has been the complete oppostie experience. I LOVE it now. These gowns cost a lot of money for a reason – they are supposed to make you look and feel beautiful and accentuate your best features. I seriously can’t stop wedding dress shopping now. 

You’ll try on some many different dresses, but if you have a seasoned professional at the store, you will quickly learn what you’re comfortable in and what looks good on you. 

But you are not crazy going into this experience thinking this. Just keep an open mind and I’m sure you will love the experience! I hope this helps you!

Post # 4
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

You are not crazy!!

I am a size 2, however, I was not looking forward to the dress shopping experience as I envisoned it. I didn’t want people touching me, talking about me, etc. Have you thought about ordering a lot of gowns online? I ordered a ton online and found my perfect dress via Saks Fifth Avenue. It is great to have the comfort of your own home, your own mirrors, be able to walk around, etc. Think about it!

Good luck! You’ll find your dress!

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Post # 5
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I was rather dreading it myself. I have big self-image issues. I HATE shopping for clothes in general, and I especially hate trying stuff on.  I’m tall (5’11”), and oddly shaped. No boobs or booty, and thick-waisted.  About as far from an hourglass figure as it gets. I just could not picture myself in anything resembling a wedding dress, and was ready to be miserable. But it really wasn’t that bad.  In fact, I had fun!

Many wedding dresses have ‘camoflage’, such as draping and ruching(sp?), or even have shaping built in.  Although not all that comfortable, definitely helps the figure (or in my case, lack thereof).  Many shops offer to lend shapewear (corset, spanx) for your appointment.

Let the consultant help.  It’s their job to know what dress works for which figure, so listen when they make suggestions.  My dress was one I never would have picked out for myself in a million years, but I fell in love with the moment I put it on. 

Try to keep your ‘posse’ small. Too many opinions can make you second-guess yourself, and finding a dress is very much a gut-feeling type deal.

Good luck, and have fun!!


Post # 6
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I generally hate shopping. My mother and sister were terrified about the experience I was going to have. However, all the dresses are amazing! They are expensive, but they are designed to make you look fabulous! I tried on 8-9 dresses. Didn’t care for 2 of them, but they still made me look good. Loved 3 so much that it was nearly impossible to pick one! Don’t stress too much, and try to have fun! Even strangers told me that I looked beautiful in different dresses. 


I do suggest doing hair and makeup similar to your wedding ideas. It just really helps you see the whole picture.


If you have a bad experience anywhere, leave and find another store. You deserve to feel like a bride, and to be treated like one!

Post # 7
36 posts
  • Wedding: March 2013

I have an incredibly slow thyroid and am working my way back to being fit. It’s been a hard road, but I tried Isagenix and it helped jump start my weight loss. I couldn’t stay on it constantly, or I would’ve lost the weight much more easily. The cost was just too much in my opinion. Either way, I had lots of issues trying on dresses, but the all looked pretty good. And most of the dresses are built to hug curves, which most women don’t have at a young age. Embrace your womanly figure. There are lots of designers out there making dress for Curvier ladies.

Post # 9
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Dont be scared. Bridal gowns are often very structured giving you a waist you thought you never had or a nicer shaped butt. You will be plesantly surprised 🙂


Post # 11
6 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

@chercee – Ahhhh! That is SO exciting and so happy for you! I’m glad that all the inscurities went out the door and you found a dress you love. You deserve to feel happy!

Post # 13
2315 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

How exciting! I find dress shopping both fun and nerve-wracking, you just need to make sure you take along the right people who will provide both support and constructive criticism.

I think it really helps to look (and therefore feel) your best when you go dress shopping – put an effort into doing your makeup and hair on the day, and wear appropriate undergarments (a good nude strapless bra and seamless undies). It will help you envision your wedding look, and also give a boost of confidence when you’re out there, parading in front of a mirror and everyone around you!

Post # 15
539 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@chercee:  I thought I was going to look like a freaking marshmallow.  the first appt was good. I let the consultant upfront know my concerns and she really helped.

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