(Closed) Scheduling Bridal appt AND Bridesmaids appt for the same day?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Should I schedule both appointments on the same day?
    Sure! I did it and it worked out great! : (5 votes)
    14 %
    No, that's too much excitement for 1 day : (16 votes)
    46 %
    I don't see a problem with this : (10 votes)
    29 %
    WHAT! Are you CRAZY??? : (4 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
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    1668 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I wouldn’t do it if you can avoid it. I work at a bridal shop and for most of the girls I work with, we don’t like when brides do bridal gowns and bridesmaids at the same appointment. What usually happens is this…Bride tried on 2-3 dresses, her guests start roaming the store and pick out bridesmaid dresses WHILE the bride is still trying on her gowns. Then, her guests start trying on the bridesmaid dresses, still while the bride is trying on her gowns. The bride doesn’t get the attention she deserves. If you’re cool with that possibly happening, then go for it!

    Post # 5
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    8514 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    @Fall_In_Love22:  Apart from what she said- what if you don’t find a dress you like? I am assuming that you would like the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses to compliment your dress right!

    Post # 6
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    424 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I thought it was nice to be able to concentrate on one thing at a time…and wedding dress shopping took ALL day and was really exhausting.  I don’t see a problem with having your girls look around a little at the salons you’re going to to get ideas of what you and they like though…there can be a lot of downtime while you’re trying on dresses.

    Post # 7
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    3569 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I did this, but as a bridesmaid. I think its ok, I think as long as you have clear appointment times it can work. For our bride we checked out two shops she looked at a few dresses, then we went to lunch, and moved on to a different shop for her dress. Which help us transition a bit with a break inbetween.

    Post # 8
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    7606 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I did it and it worked out great.  It is VERY hard to get the 4 of us together so it was really nice for them to get to help me choose my dress as I helped them choose theirs!

    Post # 9
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    939 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I did this too, but it was my third time going for a wedding dress, and second time for bridesmaid dresses.  

    My BM’s were very respectful and didn’t roam around looking for dresses.  They were attentive and critical and very helpful to me.  

    You know your girls best, how do you think they would act?

    Post # 10
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    336 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    My BFF did it!! She called Davids Bridal and told them she was coming in to get her bridal gown, 2 bridesmaid dresses and MOB & MOG dresses (6 months prior to her wedding). And even with how rude and obnoxious those people are, they had no problem with it, even though it was Sat am @ 10. If you like to get things done and out of the way, I think it’s the way to go.

    Post # 11
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    1048 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @Fall_In_Love22:  agree with you completely. i worked as a bridal consultant and it’s the worst when a bride thinks she should do it all in one day.  not only does that take up my valuable comission based time but also i have to put away tons of wedding dress AND bm dresses. the appointment usually turns into a huge headache and the bride becomes overwhelmed. besides you dont want to take the focus off of you.

    Post # 12
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    1048 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @LRCWedding:  as far as the sales people being rude, most of the time the brides and their entourage have incredibly unrealistic ideas of what kind of appointment they are going to receive.  at davids the computers and internet(which are necessary for looking up every dress you want to try on if you only have a number) but consultants are stretched so thin as it is with at least 2 brides to work with at a time.  and just fyi unless you are buying from the store it takes up ti 15 weeks to order the bm dress you choose in the style and color you choose.  typically just 8 weeks but still bms and brides expect to come in the store and take the dress home or that it wont take but a week or two.  not the case most of the time.  most wedding dresses take up to 18 weeks to get in unless you buy off the rack.  so 6 months isnt really that long in advance.

     

    Post # 13
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    1048 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    i blame the bridal reality shows for the unrealistic expectations.  unless you go to kleinfelds and are dropping 2,000$ and up on a dress, you arent going to get one on one attention.  i’d love to be able to have one bride at a time but in addition to appointments we have walk-ins that have to be accomodated.  there are some really good dresses at david’s but for the most part they are considered the kmart of bridal salons.  don’t mean to offend as i will be getting my dress from them and i think they are lovely.  all consultants make 7.50 per hour plus possible commission IF their sales reach a certain level per week which is really hard to do. usually you have to sell at least 15,000 and work around 40 hours.  every friday,saturday and sunday i worked i more often than not never got a break let alone a chance to use the bathroom or sit down.  sorry for the rant. this is just fyi because before i started there i had no idea of these things either.

    Post # 14
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    1095 posts
    Bumble bee

    @MrsRedPumps:  I think your bridal apointment should be about you. You want to be with a few people you love and trust and make a calm, unrushed decision.

    Shopping for your bridal party –in my experience– is even more exhausting than shopping for yourself… You have a certain number of people (in my case 6) that need to be tended to and reassured. Everyone has their own body issues and finding a dress is not always easy. It’s especially daunting if they are paying for their dresses, because you need to make sure they are actually happy with the choice. 

    Thus, I strongly suggest booking the two apointments on seperate days. Save yourself the headache…

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