Post # 1
Okay girls… tomorrow is a big day: trying on dresses for the first time! Confession: I have been engaged for 8 months and have not done this because I am VERY NERVOUS. I’m nervous because I’m a street size 16 and I worry that there might not be much for me to try on. I’m nervous because I might hate everything I can try on. I’m nervous because I worry that I waited too long and I’ll have to pay rush fees to get my dress in time (once I find it?).
So anyways, I’m really hopeful that it’ll be an awesome/fun day, and my mom is coming down to go with me so that should be good. But.. any advice anyone might have to make things go better would be appreciated! Here is what I’m doing:
1) David’s bridal in the am, lunch, then two appointments at two different salons in the afternoon
2) taking just my mom and my bridesmaid will meet us at 1 appointment.
3) taking spanx and a strapless bra in nude (just in case, i know they’ll prob have a longline bra)
4) taking a few pictures of stuff I like.
what am i forgetting?
Post # 3
I think you got yourself covered! I wore my hair up in a bun, because i think/thought I was going with an updo, so maybe wearing your hair how you think you’ll wear it on WD would be a good idea
have fun!!! remember, even if you don’t find it tomorrow, you will find a dress that is perfect for you!
Post # 4
I think you have everything covered! Definitely, definitely take lots of pictures. They all start to run together after a while so it really helps to have a picture to remind you. Not to mention some dresses look great in person and not so great in pictures, which is defintely something to consider. Also definitely be open to trying on different styles.
Don’t be nervous about your figure! Wedding dresses are often times very forgiving. And I think you should have plenty of time without paying rush fees. GOOD LUCK!
Post # 5
Stay calm and have FUN! I’m a street size 14 and there was plenty to try on especially at David’s Bridal. I ended up with a Maggie Sottero dress with a corset back and let me tell you after they lace it up I did NOT look like a 14!
Don’t go in with a preconceived notion of what will look best and be open to trying on all types of dresses!
Good luck and trust that whether it is tomorrow or another day you WILL find your dress.
Post # 6
Ditto on the comment about being open to trying all sorts of styles and cuts. I wouldn’t have thought it when I first started looking, but after several dresses, I discovered that I looked best in lace. Who would have known!?!?!? Also, keep in mind that if you like the basics of a dress, some lines will let you customize necklines, trim, etc. And, play with sashs, ribbons, belts, flowers, and other fun accessories for different looks. A little something extra sometimes makes such a difference. Good luck!
Post # 7
Definitely try on some styles you never thought you would like. You might be in for quite a surprise! I thought for sure I would buy a sleeveless sheath…and ended up with an A-line. Thought I wanted lace, and didn’t like that at all. You just don’t know until you try on!
Post # 8
Sounds like you’re pretty much covered.
Just make sure you HAVE FUN! And do NOT feel pressured to buy. Seriously, walk away if they really pressure you.
Post # 9
that is so exciting. i hope things go great and you fall in love with one 🙂 yay dresses!
Post # 10
Oh good luck! I was really nervous too about trying on dresses- I put it off for about 4 months and was actually dreading going because I am bigger than most sample sizes. Or so I thought, they had a wide range of sizes that I was able to try on. I enjoyed it soooo much and after four months, actually putting a dress on… it hit me that I was going to be a bride!
Good luck, relax and have fun! Most importantly do NOT get discouraged!! There are bound to be some dresses that don’t look right but your dress IS out there!
Let us know if you find her tomorrow!
Post # 11
My best advice is to pick 10 completely different dresses to start with, try each one on, and note how the shape of the dress works with your body. You’ll learn what type of dress is best for you, and that will help you narrow down your choices afterward.
I made the mistake of insisting on one style of dress and completely ignoring all others. I went to several stores and tried on so many dresses but didn’t find “the one” until I finally saw it online, of all places. I would never have picked my dress off the rack because it’s a mermaid style and I had been dead set against mermaids. As it turned out, the mermaid style was actually the best thing for my body! I could have been trying on all these great dresses the whole time if I had kept an open mind from the beginning.
Post # 12
So exciting! I would bring some shoes! Bringing my own shoes made me much more confertable!
Post # 13
Oh yeah, and when you see a dress that you think is “the one” try a veil with it!
Post # 14
Thanks so much for the encouragement! I am definitely going to do my best to relax and try to enjoy the experience. Also, I do THINK I know what I want but I’m definitely open to trying on (almost) anything because I’ve heard that from so many people. We’re doing David’s Bridal in the morning so I can try on all the shapes I want and have a better idea when I go to the salons in the afternoon where they might not have what I like in my size.
Also, we’re definitely taking a camera but I know for sure that 1 of the salons is STAUNCHLY anti-photo. Not sure about the other salon. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t going to try to sneak a cell pic or two if possible though!
Post # 15
don’t buy the first day or let them pressure you into buying. Take the night to think about it if you think you found the one.
Post # 16
@misheleez- good call on the shoes– didn’t even think of that! I’ll take a pair of heels
@amariem25- i don’t get pressured 🙂 nervous as i might be, i am always a salesman’s worst nightmare in terms of negotiating and not getting caught up in exciting purchases haha.
Also… I’m sitting here scouring websites looking for inspiration dresses to take with me. The night before my appointment. Does not bode well for other wedding projects…. haha
Hopefully this will teach me to do things earlier down the line!