Taking photos of your dress; advice from the store owner

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper

I took pics with a rarely used digital camera so that Darling Husband couldn’t accidentally find the pictures. Google photos can auto upload, so I didn’t want it to come up on my stream. I didn’t look at them too often though.

That’s an interesting perspective from the store owner. After all, there was a time when people didn’t take as many pics as we do now. I’m sure she’d also like to make sure you are pleased with your purchase. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2026

I take photos. It’s hard to not know whether a dress looks good on you or not after trying it on, though. I already know what specific look works with my body type (for example, I absolutely cannot wear sheath or bodycon dresses because of my pear body). I don’t think photos influence my decision. I tried a bunch of A-line dresses at David’s Bridal and the ones with sleeves made me look older (that was my thought when I tried them on before taking photos and also my thought after taking them). 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

autumn18 :  Thats a really interesting perspective and it makes sense! Personally for me, my mother snapped a picture of me when I wasnt looking after I decided it was the one. I found this picture actually has helped me as I chose a dress way before I should have so I have had a lot of time for doubt. Everytime I get worried I look at the picture and the happiness I see on my face reminds me that I made the right choice. It is really reassuring to me!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I bought my dress at a store that had amazing natural lighting so it was perfect for photographs. And I had my mom take some from multiple angles and deleted the ones I didn’t like. I’m glad I took pictures of my dress so I could share it with friends/family.

I did have tiny bit of dress regret but that had more to do with the fact that I wish I could have worn 5 different dress because there are so many beautiful styles out there! I still loved my dress on my wedding day.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think  her excuses are bunk, practiced over 30 years of ensuring brides don’t get the information they would need to comparison shop.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

julies1949 :  +1. Total bullshit.

I look (to myself) different in the mirror than in photos, so taking photos was really important to me to see how the dress looked.

Whenever I hear of a shop that wont let you take pictures I always assume its because they dont want you finding this particular dress elsewhere for cheaper.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

I think her rationale is bullshit lol….and highly practiced after many years in the business. I want to feel good in a dress, but I also want to make sure it looks good in photos. The dresses I feel good in also tend to photograph well, in my experience. 

When I was wedding dress shopping, I went to one salon that didn’t allow photos, but my dad, who was along for the ride, wasn’t about to abide by that. He still took a zillion photos. The staff were annoyed but let it happen. It seems pretty obvious to me that the only reason they don’t allow photos is because they’re worried you’ll buy the dress/have it replicated elsewhere. It has nothing to do with some deep-seeded concern for your own well being. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

After looking back at photos of myself in the first dress I bought, I realized it didn’t look as flattering as I had thought. Unfortunately, it was too late because the dress had been ordered. A dress might look better in person, but I think it is also important that the dress is going to look nice in wedding photos.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I don’t know about photos contributing to regret.  I think it’s the long lead time it takes to get the dress.  Your eye starts wandering and wondering what could have been had you chosen another dress.  If it was fast fashion, you’d be wearing the dress shortly after you put it on and fell in love with it, so no time for dress infidelity. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Eh I don’t know, I kind of agree with her. I didn’t take any photos of myself in my dress even though I was allowed to. I know I felt awesome in it, and I didn’t need photos to tell me that it looked great. I am glad I don’t have pictures of myself to look at while I wait for it to come in. I want to have a little bit of a wow moment when I finally get to put on my dress.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

I fall more in love / admire myself and the details of the dress MORE with picures. I shove all the pictures of the dresses I try on super exictedly to everyone I cross with a PULSE. You wont even look the same with all the hair style make up viel etc going on you get excited everytime you put on the dress.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I took multiple photos in multiple lights at the suggestion of my sales associate which I was grateful for!  I very rarely look at the pictures though.  I don’t want it to lose it’s magic.  But the few times I do I get butterflies and know I picked the right one!

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