Post # 1
I’m just wondering, who did/will you take dress shopping? if you could do it over, would you do it differently?
I want to take my sister (MOH) and my mom to come for sure. but two of my bridesmaid, my best friend and closest cousin, would also like to come. I’d like them all to be there but i’m worried about having a bigger group. I don’t want to spend a lot of money on a dress so i’m honestly planning to just look the sales racks first. Would cheap dress shopping be too awkward/embarrassing with a bigger group, since they’ll want to see me in a “dream dress”? I don’t even want to try on anything I can’t afford to buy.
Post # 3
Just one person – My Mom.
I didn’t really want anyone else there and it was perfect.
Post # 4
I hear that you don’t want to bring too big of a group… but I forget exactly why. I just remember I read that somewhere. When I went dress shopping I brought my mom and sister first but I ended up going to lots of different stores before I found the one and before I decided that that one was the one. So some stores I had my mom and sister with me, other stores I just brought one of my good friends. I thought this was a good way to go… Sometimes I had to double back to shops to bring my friend if at first I had my mom and sis with me, but that just gave me an excuse to try on the dress again and also gave me time to really consider which dress to buy.
Post # 4
Honestly, don’t bring a lot of people with you. I know a lot of brides have that image in your head of having that lovely day with your mom, sister and all your friends, trying on dresses and having a great, girly time. But, the more people you bring, the more drama-filled it will be. Trust me. I only brought one trusted friend with me, and that was it. And half the time I went alone.
I went dress shopping with a friend, and she brought her mom, two sisters and three friends, plus me, and it was a nightmare. Everyone was telling her they hated some dresses, and loved others (that she didn’t like), and she got overwhelmed and tired really fast. At the end of the day, she told me she wished she’d gone alone the first time, narrowed it down to a few dresses, and then brought one or two people.
Just a friendly warning! 🙂
Post # 5
My Mother and Father took me. Yes, my father really took one for the team This meant a lot to me because he HATES to go shopping. It was so special to have him there and I really loved his input. I only wanted my parents because too many people with different opinions is TOO much.
Post # 6
I took my mom and his mom for the first go-around, and then a bridesmaid to get a second opinion on the dress I ended up buying. I didn’t want crowds of people with differing opinions. I trusted the moms to be honest, but gentle. And I trusted my bridesmaid to be picky and criticial, in case the dress was not right. It worked well for me!
Post # 7
@Ms.Beeliever: That is so sweet of your dad!!! Go dad! 🙂
Post # 8
my first trip was supposed to be “browsing only” my Maid/Matron of Honor was in town and we wanted to go try on dresses… n a couple in-town BM’s came later on. i ended up picking out the gown i wanted then.
on my second trip i brought my Future Mother-In-Law and my mom and one of my BM’s tried on 4 diff dresses for them and everyone decided on dress #1 🙂
Post # 9
I don’t think looking for a bargain with a large group would be embarassing, if anything they might help find you a better deal. No one I went shopping with suggested I try on a dress completely out of my budget. The only person I regret taking is my grandmother. She is very opinionated and shot down the dress I was in LOVE with. Just take people who you know will be supportive/pleasant.
Post # 10
I unfortunately had a whole freaking gaggle of people… I honestly just wanted my mom. I had mom, Future Mother-In-Law, aunt, cousin, Future Sister-In-Law, two grandmothers and two BMs. I was so embarrassed to be one of those brides. lol. We had a good time and luckily no one else was in the shop that day so it was fun but still lol.
Post # 11
I went with two of my married co-workers and an old childhood friend. Perfect combination of honest opinions of what looked best on me!
Post # 12
I brought my mom each time. A few times, my Maid/Matron of Honor or one of my BMs came with me. The day I bought my dress, I was accompanied by my mom, one of my BMs and my Future Mother-In-Law. 🙂 It was great!
Post # 13
I didn’t want a big group. I went once with my sister and Future Sister-In-Law, and once with my mom, it was perfect!
Post # 14
My mom came with me every time (which was atleast 7 times total!) and I had a revolving door of friends and family that came with also. When I found “her” I had my mom, and three bridesmaids (one my FSIL) with me.
Post # 15
The first time, I brought my mom and my sister (MOH). The second time, I had my sister with me again and my cousin (BM). I can’t imagine bringing a ton of people with me!