Post # 1
I’m considering popping into a nearby bridal salon just to check out the inventory. Maybe try on one or two. I’m WAYYYY out from our wedding and wouldn’t dream of buying right now but I’m wondering… does this ruin it for later?
Such as the first time I go with family or when I’m finally prepared to look, do you think going by yourself is harmful or harmless?
Post # 3
I don’t think so! I got engaged last March and about three weeks later my best friend/MOH came up for a visit so we went to DB together. I tried on about 8 dresses, and while it wasn’t an *~amazing*~ experience, it was fun. I think it’ll be even more exciting and meaningful when I go with my mom/BMs for the Real Thing, and I definitely don’t believe that initial excitement phase dress browse took anything away. At that point, I was still in such shock over the engagement part I hadn’t begun to contemplate the actual wedding or what it’d be like. I think I’ll have that moment the next time I try dresses on 🙂
Post # 4
You could always just try on the different shapes so that you can narrow down the shapes that you like on yourself. I did the whole shopping with family thing, I am glad that I had the experience, but in the end I enjoyed shopping more by myself than I did with a crowd.
Post # 5
I was really tempted to go try on dresses as soon as I got engaged, but saved the experience for when I could go with my mom and sister (MOH). I was really happy I did, because I loved seeing my mom’s reaction to the first time she saw me in a wedding dress. It was special.
However, I don’t see anything wrong with going by yourself now! Dress shopping is fun… I’m actually kind of sad I found my dress at my second store/appointment, because now I can’t go dress shopping anymore haha
Post # 6
I didnt go trying on dresses til I was actually ready to buy. Its so much easier that way. Going too early can get you to buy a dress too early and I didnt want that
Post # 7
I actually initially went dress shopping alone so I could narrow down what I liked and I am a bit self concious so that saved me from showing my Maid/Matron of Honor unflattering dresses.
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
I am a HUGE advocate of shopping alone. With others, you waste time. You try on dresses for them, you have to parade around longer than you’d like ones that you know you don’t want.
With friends, I think I got through 7 dresses in an hour. Alone with a good consultant, I could get through 10.
Also, when I was alone at high end shops, they offered to take pictures with my phone. Another Bee commented on my blog post about that…she was at the same salons with friends/family and was not allowed to take photos.
Shopping with friends experience: http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/12/11/wedding-dress-shopping-54/
Shopping alone experience: http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/12/12/miss-mink-goes-dress-shopping-alone/
Post # 9
I’m so torn. You’re all making great points! Did all of you buy while someone else was there or did anyone purchase alone? I’m really not looking to buy right now but I’m just wondering if it would ruin my experiance later to go by myelf now…
Post # 10
I never went by myself, but I did go at least 6 times. The less people, the more I got done. With my Maid/Matron of Honor there, she hated my pics and I hated hers, but I still wasted time trying on several unflattering, completely not-my-style dresses. So it might also take a couple times to figure out who is more concerned about seeing you in what *they* like vs. what you want.
It took a few times to realize the pickup covered dress was not what I wanted. I think if you’re like me, and very indecisive, it’s good to get an idea of what you like and what you’re looking for.
Although, when I did try on *the* dress, I knew right then. No indecisiveness!