(Closed) What was the best piece of advice you got about dress shopping?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 4
5009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

A few that I gathered for myself:

  • Wear a (well-fitted) strapless bra and nice knickers.
  • Do your make-up and hair. 
  • Take a clip or grips to put your hair up.
  • Take a pair of shoes similar to those you see yourself wearing on the day.
  • Take a break between shops for coffee or a bite to eat, you need time to digest each visit.
  • Take friends or family members who “get” your style rather than necessarily just BMs or your mum.
  • Don’t eat a heavy meal before you go!

Post # 5
9478 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Oh, I’d love to hear the advice as well.  I’m going this weekend.

Post # 6
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Second doing hair and makeup nice!  Also bring a bottle of water, you could be in there for a while.  Maybe also some jewlery in a bunch of styles? Hmm..

Post # 7
1697 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

bring a camera. some big salons dont allow you too but we were sneaky and took pics with our iphones and downloaded them into a folder. this really helped. You dont look at the pics for awhile and then a day or two later you can see if you still love your “loves”. i know you want to buy that same day but its just an idea:)

Post # 8
339 posts
Helper bee


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@QBbride:  Have you looked at dresses online?  If so it might be helpful to bring a picture or two with you of what you think you like.  It is good to keep an open mind for other styles but it might be a good starting point!

Post # 9
2583 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I agree with keeping an open mind and trying on things you never thought you would.

Also, I wish I had listened to this when I started- don’t overshop. There will always be other pretty dresses, but you can only have one (well, some people get two.. not me though lol). I waaay overdid it and now I’m torn because I have too many choices.

Post # 10
2 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ask for the total price (including tax and alternation). 

And try something you will never expect to see on you – you may have a good surprise:)


Post # 11
2657 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Two things.


1.  Take only 1 or 2 people with you.

2.  Go online beforehand to which ever store or stores you’ll be going to and look at      their dresses. Print out the ones that really stick out at you. Then bring thos epages  with you. Trust me, its a start. Thats how I found THE ONE dress.

 Good luck to all brides  who have not found one yet.

Post # 12
2747 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

“Wear a (well-fitted) strapless bra and nice knickers.”

Do you try on the dress WITH a bra on?  If so, can’t I just peel down the straps?

Post # 13
7605 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

It’s already been mentioned, but BRING WATER!!!!!! I nearly died of thirst.

Post # 14
1575 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

It’s best to wear or bring your own strapless, but they’ll usually let you use one at the shop.  Plus, the sales people usually help you into your dress, so if you’re shy (lol) it’s def not the best time to wear a thong.


Water is definitely a good idea.. those dresses combined with small dressing rooms can get very stuffy/hot. 

Wear something easy to get in and out of… I wore a cute black, kinda stretchy dress that I could just pull over my head.  Made things a lot easier.

Bringing more than 3 people is usually not a good idea.  Especially if more than one person is very opinionated.

Post # 15
1229 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Wear the bra you will be wearing the day of your wedding.  That helps a lot!!!!!!!!!!  You will look so much better and it will make your choice so much easier.

Bring the fam, they will tell you with their eyes how “right” that dress is for you.

I wouldn’t rule anything out.  The dress I picked when seen on the hanger I said “Ill that is gross”.  On my body it was like it was made for ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Post # 16
4334 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

don’t lie about your price range.

do try on dresses of all sorts, even if you think you won’t like them. (and in the same idea– don’t be too attached to what you THINK you like, just from looking at pictures!) 

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