(Closed) Share your dress shopping annoyances ;)

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Ditto to the accessories…  I watch “Say Yes to the Dress” I know what you’re trying to do lady, so please don’t throw on a headband and viel and make my mother cry – because this is NOT the dress.  

Also I HATE when other sales associates come up to you and tell you how gorgious you look in a particular dress – once again – I know what you’re doing – just trying to help my sales associate make the sale… so please stop.  It doesn’t make me feel nice, just makes you look slimey to me.

Oh and same thoughts on not being told the style name – that just pissed me off and stopped me from buying the dress at that particular salon.   

Post # 17
8686 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

The most annoying things for me were:

not being able to pull dresses for myself or see their stock

having to come out in front of a bunch of strangers and everyone is looking and commenting what YOU should buy

other brides’ entourages!!!! UGH! why do you need 10 people with you?! Especially when it’s a guy with them

pushy salespeople who act like you have to make a decision that day to get their exclusive 10 or 12% off discount!

Post # 18
4891 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m with everyone on the fact that I hated salons that wouldn’t allow me to take photos!! There was a dress that I absolutely loved, but was out of what I really wanted to spend. Had they allowed me to take a picture of me in the dress, I may have considered buying it just becuase. BUT, since they didn’t allow me to take the picture, OR wouldn’t tell me who the designer was – I had no idea how to jugde that dress against another without coming back… which I didn’t want to do. It was a total turn off.

However, the store I did get my dress from also didn’t allow pics, but I had my purse in the dressing room and snapped some shots from there. That store that I mentioned above made me keep my purse out in the bigger room, so no being sneaky could occur.

I also was not a fan of the stores that picked out the styles they thought I’d like. No, when I say I want a v-neck that doesn’t mean you can bring me a strapless or an illusion neckline. I loved the stores that let me pick out which ones I wanted to try on.

I only had 1 store where the gal was in the dressing room with me, which I thought was weird, but it wasn’t horrible. She only allowed one appointment at a time, and it was just you, her and whoever else you brought in with you at the apppointment. She also had champagne to drink during the appointment.

The sample sizes didn’t bother me, as every designer/style I tried on was different. I even tried on two different Maggie dresses, and one was a 10 and the other was a 6. My dress is a 10, and I’m OK with that. I do understand how we all feel about that making us think we’re larger than what we really are though. 🙁

Post # 19
3875 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

sfp:  I had the same experience. I am a street 14-16 and it honestly made me feel enormous trying to squeeze into a sample size 8 and not having it fit. The entire backside of my dress was wide open and my consultant made me walk across the store each time to show my mother and sisters the dress. I started to get a little embarrassed. Additionally, when it came time to wind things down, I hated how she kept trying to tell me my dress may not be here in a few months…Even though it was a brand new batch of Allure dresses. 

My consultant was very pushy and if I opted for something not in her scope of what a wedding should be like, she looked at me like o_0 and then gave me attitude. I didn’t want to make my bridesmaids look at bridesmaids dresses: o_0. I wanted to add lace cap sleeves to my dress: o_0. I might not want to lose any weight before the wedding: o_0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All in all, I purchased a gorgeous dress from a shop I would not wholy recommend. 


Post # 20
1669 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

In some of the stores how you are completely left on your own by bridal consultants and consultants being over-booked. The fact that I cannot try every single dress I want to due to size constraints (as bad as it is for us who cannot squeeze into the sizes they have, I do feel for the ladies who are tiny) – so ditto on that point that was already made. Having to order a dress so far in advance really sucks too. I’m worried I won’t fit into my dress because of some meds I am on now. The fact that most lines do not carry petite sizes so I have this gown on that is a good 5-8” too long (even with heels on) so it is hard to see how it will actually look (let alone walk out of the dressing room without tripping) – I am 5’2″ for reference sake.

The place I actually bought my dress in was pretty decent. I had an associate all to myself, she figured out my style and only brought dresses within my budget. She spent 1.5 patient hours with me. The seamstress came out and answered questions for me and even pinned the dress up so I could see how it would look at the appropriate length. I was able to pull dresses and the people I was with were able to take photos. I don’t understand the whole not being allowed to take photos – if you don’t want photos leaving the store then why not offer a service where they take photos and show you on a screen.

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