I really didn’t want to go dress shopping – my Bridesmaid or Best Man had to literally SHOVE me in the door of our first salon. I think I was worried about being semi-naked in front of everyone, not fitting into the sample sizes, pressure from salespeople, hating everything, or falling in love with something way above my price range. Once I got going, it wasn’t so bad, but I owe that to our awesome salesperson (so sweet and genuine) and my great Bridesmaid or Best Man. Once we had tackled the first salon (which was quite well-stocked), the rest (which were smaller) were pretty easy, I knew what worked on me and didn’t, and I was a lot more confident about it. A few pieces of advice:
-Do you have one of those bras with the clear straps? I used that and it worked like a charm. I have good strapless bras, but you just never know if they’ll stay in place when you’re taking something off/putting something on, so I figured I would go the safer route and NOT risk catching someone directly in my headlights 🙂
-As someone else said, definitely try what you think you want, but also be open to other things. I totally thought I wanted simple-as-simple-can-be a-line with no pouf. I ended up with a dress with fairly fluffy pick-ups, because I asked the salesperson to bring me a dress with pick-ups "just for fun."
-Wedding dresses are really really heavy for the most part. And if they’re snug on you, getting them off can be quite the endeavor. Be prepared to have tired arms (at one point, i just didn’t think I had the strength to get a dress off!), and also be prepared to need someone to help you – inelegantly – yank the dress over your head. Of course, if you are a really thin person you might not have this trouble, but i was often trying on samples that were a bit tight.
-I was really nervous about walking around in dresses, not wanting to draw too much attention to myself in the store, but you really need to. Yes, people will stare and comment (generally it’s all gushing and niceness), but you have to get used to it! That’s exactly what your wedding day will be like! And you need to know if you feel comfortable in the dress, and at the center of all the attention.
-Remember to try sitting, dancing, etc.
Hm, I’ve written a novel as usual. Hope that helps!