(Closed) What is the ideal number of people to go wedding dress shopping with?

posted 11 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What is the ideal number of people to go wedding dress shopping with?

    Zero--I'd rather go alone!

    Just one other person for feedback

    Two or three people, for a range of opinions

    The more the merrier!

  • Post # 32
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Well, it was zero – one for me. I bought my dress online but I e-mailed it to my mom for her opinion before purchasing. Had I decided to go dress shopping in stores, I’d have brought just my mom. Personally, I’d rather have the opinion of one person I really trust than a whole gaggle of girls with different opinions – that’s too confusing and stressful for me.

    Post # 33
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I loved the amount of people I took – I took three. My mom, my sister, and my best friend/MOH. I know they all know my tastes and preferences and would never pressure me to buy something I wouldn’t love.

    I didn’t want my other BMs there though, because I felt like maybe they would try and push their tastes and preferences onto my decision, as well as “too many cooks in the kitchen.” Not that I feel like they’re bad people (OBVIOUSLY – I love them to death) I just wanted to limit the opinions to those closest to me.

    Post # 34
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @MM423: I’m from the Dallas area too, and saw your post to Ms. Hedgehog, so I thought I’d share with you the stores I went to in the metroplex also:

    David’s Bridal in Frsico

    Demetrios in Frisco

    Addison Bridal Couture in Addison

    Mockingbird Bridal in Dallas

    Lulu’s Bridal in Dallas

    Alfred Angelo in Frisco

    I had enjoyable experiences at all of the shops and would recommend any of them, but my favorites were Addison Bridal Couture and Lulu’s. I actually ended up buying my dress at Lulu’s πŸ™‚ Let me know if you have any questions or want more info!

    Post # 35
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @MM423:

    I took with me my mother, fiance’s mom, and fiance’s sister.

    Post # 36
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    i went with just my mom and my sister who is my maid of honor. i just wanted their support. 

    Post # 37
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I went with my mom and sister. I didn’t want a bunch of women all with different likes/dislikes to confuse me. I knew that my mom and sis would never let me pick out something that didn’t look amazing on me, so I was in good hands.

    Post # 38
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Hm. I think I went to 5/6 appointments total.

    5 different bridal stores, 4 were local to where I live with only my Maid/Matron of Honor.

    1 of which was back home so I went with my mom and SIL/BM. That time it was more because I wanted to go try on a Jim Hjelm and I wanted to go dress shopping at least once with my mom.

    The 6th time was to go back to look at a gown I liked and my Mother-In-Law was in town so I wanted to show her and to purchase the wedding gown. πŸ™‚

    Post # 39
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    Busy bee

    When it comes time for me, I’ll probably take my mom, grandma and Future Mother-In-Law.  Future Mother-In-Law doesn’t have daughters (5 boys) and I think it would be great to include her.

    I may take one Bridesmaid or Best Man as well, depending on who is in town. They are all pretty spread out.

    Post # 40
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I took my mom and maid of honor. It was wonderful!

    Post # 41
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I said 2-3, I brought my mom the first time (to choose a dress), and my mom and Maid/Matron of Honor when I went back to purchase- to make sure she liked it too. I thought it was perfect that way, because my mom is a good judge of my emotions and rather than telling me what she liked, she told me when she saw the face that told her I found it πŸ™‚

    Post # 42
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I’m going to my first dress shopping appointment in the next month. At first I was going to bring just my Mom, Future Mother-In-Law, and Granny (she’s buying it) but then my sister asked to come along too.  I feel like it may be too many, and if it is I will probably just go with my mom or sister after that.

    Post # 43
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2016

    I’m taking my Future Mother-In-Law, Future Grandmother in Law (weird, I know, but I’m really close to her), my Grandma, my sister (also my MOH), Future Sister-In-Law (also a BM), and my mom. Basically, an entourage. It’s not how I’d want it, I’d rather just take my sister. But, everyone wants to be there, so be it. πŸ™‚

    Post # 44
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I think fewer is better. honestly it sounds like mom wants a special moment with you. Time to celebrate with just her daughter, especially if she brought up the stories how her friends, daughters had an easier time picking dresses when it was “just mom.”

    You can still make a day of it. Maybe plan a few places to shop and start at the first one or two with just mom and as your day goes add your other girls.

    Post # 45
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I think both ways is nice.  First go as a group to get that “experience”… it’s really a fun day to try on wedding dresses in front of everyone and get their opinions, even if you don’t care for them lol!  Try not to be influenced by others.  Then I would suggest going back with 1 other person when you’ve narrowed down what you want.  Don’t feel pressured to buy the dress when everyone is around that day, you may want time to think about it or shop more.  I kind of regret not shopping more, not that I dont LOVE my dress, but the whole dress shopping experience was so fun and I’ll never get to do it again, so make the most of it πŸ™‚

    And oh yeah, I did the whole group thing, and the salespeople definitely get annoyed and don’t treat you the same way.  I ended up finding my dress by myself another day and it was a very easy experience, no one to tell me their opinions, I already knew what I wanted!

    I probably went to 6 stores total I think.  4 appointments in one day the one time… about an hour each with lunch in between.  It was fun!

    Post # 46
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    The less the merrier. I went dress shopping with my Mom, 5 Bridesmaid or Best Man and another friend. It was a DISASTER! Well, until half of the group bailed, leaving my mom, MOh and a Bridesmaid or Best Man. Then the day was very productive and alot of fun. Just be careful who you select to go with you.

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