Post # 1
It’s my first post, so I’ll start with an introduction- My name is Jillian and my fiance and I live in Waltham, MA. We got engaged about a month ago while on vacation in London after being together about 7 1/2 years. We are both designers, so the summer and holiday season is spent selling at the local artist markets, therefore finding a block of time to get married has proved a challenge. We first considered next March, but in New England, there’s a very good possibility that we could have a blizzard, (and even if we don’t, things are usually pretty grimy from winter) so we decided on this November.
Ok, now to the point of my post- I know that I’m a bit behind on the dress, so I’ve made a few appointments to try things on (I have a pretty good idea about what I want, or at least I think I do!). I’ve never done this before, and most of my girlfriends aren’t married, so I have absolutely no idea what to expect- random things like if I should wear certain undergarments or bring my own heels. Any help or suggestions would be very much appreciated.
Post # 3
I was really overwhelmed the first time I went dress shopping but still had a great time. Just relax and don’t bring too many people with you (too many people = too many opinions). DO bring your own heels if you know which ones you’re wearing on the big day (or if you have a pair that are similar in height to what you’ll be wearing). The dress shops will let you wear their heels so you get an idea but if you end up buying a dress it’s nice to have your own so alterations with dress length can be really accurate. They will most likely give you a bustier to wear while trying on dresses so you don’t need to worry about that. As for undies, I’m pretty sure the consultants have seen just about everything 🙂 I would just recommend something that’s not going to have lots of lines through the dress (read: no granny panties) and nothing in too bold of a color that you could see through the dress.
Good luck! Have fun with it!
Post # 4
BRING WATER!!!!!!!!!!!! And have fun. Good luck!
Post # 5
Don’t let the salespeople, or the people you bring with you pressure you into making a decision right away. If you’re ordering a dress, you might have to decide soon, but you should at least be able to sleep on things and make a decision shortly after. I feel like many brides end up having dress regret when they choose their dress under pressure. I felt like I didn’t have much time, so I just chose one. In reality, I could have taken another month to be certain about my decision. Also, alterations can cost quite a bit (up to $500 or more), so keep that in mind when you’re setting your budget for your dress. Have fun, and let us know how it all works out! (And welcome to the bee!)
Post # 6
I am totally useless because I bought the first dress I tried on. I would recommend trying on something you totally think you don’t want, because you can really surprise yourself. My runner up was full lace, which I had always insisted I would never even entertain.
Post # 7
Undergarments aren’t that big a deal..I wore a normal white bra to my first two times I tried on dresses, and a strapless bra the thrid time..and I usually wore white underwear I think. I never took my own heels, they definitely have them there but if you have the ones you’ll definitely be wearing then it couldn’t hurt! Be prepared to be in your underwear in front the person helping you try the dresses on. And it can get quite hot so water is always good, though often in my experience, they ask if you’d like a drink.
Post # 8
I would suggest to bring any clippings or images of dresses you like so far in order to let the consultant see what you are looking for. Having an idea as to what you want and are looking for will help the consultant help you rather than waste your time tryong dresses you probably don’t even like. Also, I would highly suggest not to bring too many people to your appointment because everyone will give their opinion. Sometimes, other people’s opinion make it hard for brides to find their dress.
To my first appointment, I only went with my mom and we tried on the dress was dying to try but it wasn’t the dress. My second appointment I went with my mom and Future Mother-In-Law and we found two dresses which I loved but wasn’t completely sure. I didn’t feel pressured to buy since I had over year before the wedding. My third appointment was a spur of the moment thing which I went by myself to tried on the two dresses I torn about and among others. I, alone knew which was the dress because how I felt in it and it so happened to be the one dress which my mom and Future Mother-In-Law loved on me.
My point is, enjoy this process but don’t make it complicated for yourself by having too many people. If you don’t find your dress on your first appointment then keep on looking but do not loose hope. You will find your dress!
Post # 9
Thank you all for the advice- I have the first appointment of the day on Friday morning, and I’m only bringing my fiance with me (a little unorthodox, but his is the only opinion I truly trust, my mom would get so excited about the thought of me in a wedding dress that she’d have me looking like a giant cupcake, and my sister’s taste couldn’t be more different from mine if she tried). I’ll let you know how it goes!