(Closed) Wedding dress shopping alone?

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
3670 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I kind of wanted to go alone.  But my mom isn’t good about things like that (that’s a different story for another time).  I wanted to though so I could form my own opinions about the dresses then bring others back later for other opinions and viewpoints.    

Post # 4
9048 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I never find anything when I go shopping with other people.  I always feel pressured to hurry because they’re bored, or that I should help them more with what they’re looking for, so I’m always more successful when I shop alone.  That said, there’s something about shopping alone for a wedding dress that seems strange to go alone.  I wanted the support because I found the actual bridal stores very intimidating.  I can totally see the merits of having some solitude for the process though.

Post # 5
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I went alone. My mom lives out of state and I don’t think she would have been *too bad* but…I don’t know. Weddings bring out people’s crazy 🙂

And after watching countless episodes of SYTTD I’m glad I did. LOL!

Post # 6
218 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I went dress shopping alone. I love my momma to death, but I didnt want to feel pressured or receive any criticism when shopping for my gown (well, gowns cause I ended up buying two).

The only ones to know what gown I got were one of my BM’s and my Maid/Matron of Honor, and of course, my fellow Bees. I refuse to show anyone else as I want it to be a complete surprise for everyone else.

Besides, I’m the type to always make other people happy and I didnt want to be pushed into buying a dress that wasnt me.

Post # 7
14490 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I found my dress by myself.  I found it to be far more about myself then what everyone else wanted.  I am actually a three dress bride, kind of.  I found my short tea length reception dress by myself and I absolutely love it.  The dress I am wearing for the TTD (I couldn’t see ruining a super expensive beautiful dress) I found with my FH for $100.  The dress I am wearing for the ceremony I found on accident while I was looking for a bridesmaids dress.  I just stopped in at a shop on the last day of a big sale and there it was.  I did do one shopping trip with my mom when she was in town, just to get the experience with her and I loved that, but when it came to the “it” dress, I couldn’t see shopping with anyone but myself.

Post # 8
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I went shopping several times…the first 3 times to various stores with a variety of friends (never the same ones)…and although it was nice to have extra hands & eyes, and *sort of* appreciated their opinion…I finally realized that shopping on my own was SO MUCH EASIER! I could take my time with each dress, not even touch or feel obligated to try on a dress I had no interest in, and mostly, hear my own thoughts & feelings about each.

Go to several stores on your own too – you’ll discover what feels right on you, by your own natural instinct.

Also, not sure if its your thing, but I wound up buying a dress that my Fiance picked out! haha It was his opinion that mattered the most to me! 🙂

Good luck! Denver metro has some great options 🙂

Post # 9
446 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Whether it’s a good idea depends on you … do you have a good sense of what you want and what you look good in? If so, I really like your idea.  I actually decided on a dress and took my mom shopping today just so she could see me in it, get that “feeling” and feel included.  But I’m one of those girls who knows EXACTLY what she wants.

On the other hand, my good friend had NO idea what style she liked, what looked good, which dress she liked of those she had tried on, what she didn’t like … she kept saying “I DONT KNOW…I DONT KNOW…WHAT DO YOU THINK?” If you’re more like my girlfriend, then you should bring a group of people with you to give their best opinions.  It’s so much more helpful for others to see the dress on you in person.  If you feel susceptible to pressure, promise yourself that you will not make any rash decisions and will sleep on it.  It’s a huge decision, after all.  Good luck!

Post # 10
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I like shopping alone for many of the reasons stated above. Assuming you have a good idea what YOU like on YOU, it’s nice to hear your own thoughts. There’s no law that says you can’t go back to the same store and try the dress on again once you’ve ruled out a few. 

At the very least you’ll have several onlookers/shoppers who will give you a completely objective opinion if you want one. Salespeople will tell you “that looks gorgeous” 90% of the time, so they are no help, from what I’ve found (plus they are getting a commission, duh).  And relative and friends tend to bring their own emotional baggage to bridal salons, so yes, like Ms. Charisma said, gown shopping does bring out everybody’s crazy (that cracked me up!)



Post # 11
285 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

it is always easier to go with a smaller number of people (like, one!) then you have less opinions and can really focus on what you think of the dress…

Post # 12
18627 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I went shopping alone.  I liked being alone with my thoughts when I was shopping (though I ended up picking something because I got impatient).

Post # 13
144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Repeating what most everyone has said here.. it’s nice to go alone and also with a few people whose opinions you trust. I went my first time shopping with mom + bridesmaids, but that was very unproductive because I did not have a chance to figure out what I wanted yet. So after that, I started going to various other places on my own to really think about what I really liked and not be confused by dresses everyone else is picking out!

For the final decision on the dress I bought, I went alone at first, narrowed it down to 3, then brought back mom + bridesmaids so they could do the final “vote”, but hesitated still lol (was confused by too many opinions).  However, I went back again to do the final, final vote with JUST my mom; i trust her opinion the most so that was the best way to go about it (and still have Bridesmaid or Best Man input too, ya know?).

GOOD LUCK shopping!!  It’s fun if you let it be.  Just make sure you know exactly what you’re looking for and stick with it!

Post # 14
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I went alone.  I usually like shopping alone anyway.  Plus it gave me a chance to really think about what I liked and not what someone else liked.  When I tried on something I really liked I asked someone to come back with me for a second opinion.

Post # 15
1641 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

You should do what you most feel comfortable with! I almost stopped at a wedding shop this weekend by myself, but stopped when I remembered I don’t really have my “dress budget” yet. I am planning to go with the groom-to-be in a couple of weeks. 

It is interesting how people you wouldn’t even think have an interest in your day-to-day life suddenly want to go dress shopping with you!

Post # 16
6571 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I think you should do whatever you’re most comfortable with. For me, I’m very indecisive and would never get anywhere alone, so it was good for me to have people there. But if you’re better at shopping by yourself, than that’s probably best for you.

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