Post # 1
Don’t know if it is just me but seems like the process is a pain – from having to do all the research on salons and schedule the appointments etc. Brides who have already gone through the entire process … what do you wish was made easier about the process?? How did you even get a sense of which salons carried what dresses … Pinterest / Instagram / Salon websites??
Post # 2
Maybe this was really stupid of me but I didn’t do any research into which salons carried which designers.. I just went to the ones that had dresses within my price range. Although I didn’t really care about the designers anyways so it wasn’t important to me. Scheduling appointments didn’t feel like a super big deal, I just gave them a phone call.
I just wish they weren’t so ridiculously overpriced!! Or take 9 months to come in from boutiques..
Post # 3
Paying for it! Theyre so dang expensive.
Post # 4
So, I know this sounds crazy, but I went into 3 different shops, with no expectations. I had one dress in mind, and the dress I chose is polar opposite. Do not nix any style/color/shape, go from there because I found my dream gown and it is not what I would have thought I wouldve chosen!
Post # 5
- Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club
I wish that other people would be more considerate. Some people can be so rude and hurtul to the bride to be. I feel like the decision is whatever the bride feels beautiful in, not what Aunt Gertrude wants. I wish the people involved in the process would just be more aware of this and be there for support and reassurance, not so over the top opinionated about every detail.
I was very laid back and cmae in, showed the girl my pinterest board, gave her my price cap, and told her to throw me a couple curveballs that she thinks would look good on my body type. Luckily I asked for the curveballs, cause I picked one of them as mine! It was the perfect shape for my body, but wasn’t really what I had shown her. I loved it!
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise
My biggest headache has been about style options. I feel like there are a lot of dresses that are just variations on 3-4 basic types. Strapless, mermaid/trumpet, ballgown, or Oscar Night sheath.
As a girl who’s super top heavy, a strapless dress is out of the question. It feels like 75% of what I see in salons is strapless. The consultants like to tell me they can ADD straps, but I need something with more structure than some afterthought straps are going to give me.
Also, the trend for super low back/open back gowns. Every time I saw something I liked in the front, the back would be non-existant or completely see through. Again, it makes hiding undergarments kinda impossible. Everything that DID have a closed or high back looked like it was made for a victorian prude.
I looked at THOUSANDS of dresses before I found one that had the neckline, sihlouette, and back detail I was looking for. It isn’t available at any salons near me, and I’d have needed to travel to be able to try it on and be sure I was fitted properly. I said bag it and am having a replica made for about $2k less than retail.
Post # 7
I wish there were dresses in my actual size to try. It’s so difficult to envision these dresses when they are 4-6sizes too big for me.
Post # 8
juliettel : I didn’t think it was a pain? But then again I didn’t Pinterest/IG stalk dresses. I just made appts, showed up, tried on different stuff (all within my budget) and narrowed down what I wanted the more I tried. It was pretty easy, tbh.
Post # 9
Just do you reasearch ahead of time and it won’t be a pain. Search for salons that carry the designers or dresses you are most interested in so you don’t waste time at salons that don’t have what you are looking for.
Post # 10
mrscsoontobee : What is the best way to go about doing the research? Right now I’m finding that I’ve just been googling Chicago salons, then having to go on their individual websites / social media pages in order to get a sense of what dress styles they carry, and their price ranges. Rinse, repeat. I also look on Pinterest for dress styles I like. I’m driving into the city for a weekend to visit the salons, so I want to make sure that the ones I schedule appointments at are going to be the most fruitful visits.
Post # 11
catskillsinjune : How did you decide where to make the appointments at? I guess that’s what I’m having trouble with.
Post # 12
juliettel : Hmm.. If you look at salon’s in your area the websites usually list what designers they carry. You can sometimes find even what dress styles so write down the ones you like. You could also use theknot.com. You can search by silhouette, designer price etc. When you see something you like you can click “find it near you” and a list of salons nearby should show up. Hope that helps!
Post # 13
juliettel : shopping without my mom. She died and I never really am 100 percent sure making the right clothes decisions unless she approves them. Her opinion really is the only one that matters in my book. Some people think I’m being crazy but I bought multiple gowns to wear for the camera bc I’m scared that I will look bad since she didn’t approve any and my friends who have good style can’t all agree and I love them all equally myself. I guess I’ll never be totally sure if I look good. Sounds weird for a person who’s in her late 30’s but whatever. At least my fiancé will like them. Anything skin tight he likes and all of mine are mermaids lol
Post # 14
i didn’t do any research. i just went to a few stores in my area until i found something i liked.
Post # 15
I probably went about this in the wrong way, but it actually worked out! I waited until exactly 8 months, to the day, to go look at dresses. Which apparently is cutting it close! 😜
Like you, I didn’t know where to shop. So I googled “wedding dresses NJ” and the first place that came up, I made an appointment. My mom, Maid/Matron of Honor, other friend and Future Mother-In-Law all went. It was overwhelming! The place was like a warehouse of white fabric. Although it was overwhelming, they had everything. I mean EVERYTHING. I must have tried on 25-30 dresses. Narrowed it down to my top 2. Slept on it (for a week lol). I went back and bought dress #2. Easy peasy.