I had a dress style in mind and when I tried it on it just didn’t work on me at all! So I ended up with something totally different and I for sure had dress envy but I know I picked right when I’d always return looking at mine and thinking “yea I love it” aha sometimes you can have moments of doubt or dress envy of others gowns but if you come back to yours and are still in love with it where you wouldn’t drop it for another gown then that’s how ya know
I had nothing in mind and even told my mom I wasn’t picking one on the first trip. Try different styles and find one that checks all the boxes. I knew I liked e skirt of one and the back of another. My consultant had ideas on how to customize the back to bring different elements I liked together. And...you’ll know when you can’t stop smiling in the mirror!!!
I went into different shops saying I wanted one style, sheath, and in the long run, I came out with a fit and flare. A couple of stylists put me in a ballgown which were really tempting but still lacking whatever it was I was looking for. I wanted something somewhat different.
I got my dress from a bridal resale website called Stillwhite. The moment I saw that dress, it was constantly burning in my mind for a good couple weeks and I knew I had to have it. I bought it and when I received it and put it on, I knew I made the right choice.
Go in with an open mind. Try on different styles. I ended up buying a different look than I thought I wold. And just my opinion, you can fall in love it dresses because all of them are sooo pretty and fun. I went to a total of 6 shops. I almost bought at first salon but I felt the sales lady was too pushy and the sales price was only that day. And she went over my budget too.
Start with your budget and color (white, ivory, champagne, etc) and maybe fabric. I’m a big girl and not a fan of satin.
It's ok to not know what you want. Its overwhelming! Be open minded and try on a bunch of different styles so when you do find the one you'll be confident in your decision.
For me, it was the first dress I tried on though I didn't buy it immediately. In fact, I went into my first appointment telling everyone I was not ready to buy. I was just looking. I felt so beautiful in the first dress but wanted to try on more and go to other appts I had set up. No one dress compared to the first. I never got that feeling in any other dress and people said I glowed in the dress.Good luck.
I am so bad at making decisions and was very nervous about going!! I had a general idea of what I wanted (fit and flare style) but otherwise was very open to plain versus beaded or lace. The consultants were so helpful and the right dress just gives you the best feeling. I knew the second I put it on!! Go with your heart and don’t be afraid to have an open mind. The one I fell in love with wasn’t something I would’ve necessarily picked from a picture online or hanging on the rack. It’ll look so different on you! Good luck!
I had no idea what I wanted! I had so many pictures I looked at that my mind was all over the place. I was at my 1st appointment & it was my 7th dress I tried on. I loved everything about it. I felt so pretty & loved the feel of it. Even so, I had another appointment that I had to go to & was so torn! I just didn’t know what to do! I went to my other appointment & tried on 5 other dresses but I kept comparing them to that last dress. I left that boutique, called my fiancé & told him I think I found my dress. He asked 1 simple question, “can you see yourself marrying me in that dress?” I knew right then that was my dress. I called the 1st boutique & told them I would be back to get my dress. I felt like an idiot but the lady was so nice! I had to be sure!
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I never thought to possibly buy online, I hear so much bad about how if it's to small, alterations are a pain, my weight fluctuates, from like 120-130 to 180-200, because of stress or other normal reasons, so I'm terrified to go shopping, purchase and then wined up needing it taken out. the only part of the dress I know i want for this reason is a corset lace up back.
I went to four different stores and tried on so many dresses. I originally wanted sleeves, lace, sparkles and no ball gown at all! You wanna know what I fell in love with? A sleeveless plunging neckline a-line ball gown with beading and minimal lace. Completely opposite of what I would ever imagine! I knew it was the one the moment I put it on in the dressing room. I did immediately cry because for the first time I felt like a bride. I also remember saying I feel so beautiful in this dress I don't even care about my make up or hair! And that's how I knew for sure because I struggle with my self esteem and in my dress I feel so great! I hope you find the one!
You’ll know! I picked my bridal salon solely because they carried two specific designers. I did go in with several pictures of various dresses. I was drawn to one on a mannequin as soon as we entered. My consultant let me look at a bunch of dresses and pick some to try while she was pulling others. One that I pulled happened to be one I had saved in my photos. Looking at it, I just sort of had a feeling. I tried that one on first. I ended up trying on ten total. It came down to the one from the mannequin and the first dress. I got to see both in natural light, and I closed my eyes and pictured different wedding moments. In the end, it was the first dress. Both were gorgeous, but it just made me feel a bit more like a bride. Around 60% of brides pick the first dress they try on!
Although I had a good idea of the style I wanted, I did try on others. I knew I didn’t want a ball gown or mermaid, but I tried on one of each to be truly certain.
I totally understand. I know it's hard but it's like you kind of have to know which sites are good enough. I'm about to buy a bridesmaid dress online from a mixed review website. The item itself has great reviews and real life photos so I'm a bit more confident in getting it. I'm doing a test buy first so only getting 1 to see if they like it in person.
Stillwhite is amazing and they have all kinds of dresses on that site. Best part is you talk directly with the seller so you can ask all the questions you need and get a timely response. Also, Azazie (online) has a try at home program so you can always look on that site as well and see if they have any corset lace up backs as well. Of course do whatever makes you feel most comfortable but it is always an option if you have no other.
Honestly I didn't believe I would find the One. Originally I had bought a dress in September 2019 because at the time we were planning on a spring wedding, but due to some schedule conflicts with my parents we decided to move it up to November 2020. Thank god we did lol! Anyways so after a couple weeks I decided to return the dress because I felt like I was pushed into buying even though I hadn't felt right with any of the ones she had me try on. They were all out of budget, not my style and I just didn't care for the up-selling she was trying to do. I looked for months online for the perfect dress but I couldn't decide without wearing it first so I decided to give Davids Bridal a try again but in a different location and with my cousin/bridesmaid with me. I tried on a bunch that I totally thought was going to be it but I hated the way they looked and felt on me. The attendant (who was AWESOME) brought a dress out for me to try on last minute and it was the one!! I felt happy, I didn't want to take it off, I couldn't stop smiling and taking pictures, it was not what I thought I would like but it was totally my style and personality! The trick is to have a great attendant who stands back and lets you talk about what you want and isn't focused on a sale, and having supportive people with you! Also trying something new and maybe a little out of your comfort zone! However, it didn't feel like a WEDDING dress until after alterations and when I picked my veil out! Now I can't stop looking at the pictures and wanting to wear it around the house haha!!
A lot of people say they go in with an idea of what they want, and come out with something completely different. My case was the exact opposite! I went in with a dress I had in mind for months to a couple boutiques that didn't have it. I loved a lot of dresses, because damn there's so many good ones out there! But at the last boutique I went to, I totally forgot to ask about the dress because it just slipped my mind, and my consultant had picked it out and I didn't even know!!! It was the last dress I tried on, and immediately I knew! I didn't cry though lol
I ended up with dress regrets. I knew exactly what I wanted, a strapless neckline with an a-line silhouette. I couldn't stop looking at those kind of dresses online but I ended up with something totally different. I bought a trumpet style with a plunging neckline & spaghetti straps. In all honesty, I felt that I pressured myself to get that dress so I can "get it over with". I wasn't thinking about what I really wanted. I ended up getting the dress that I wanted & I feel so much better about it.
Go with your gut. You'll have your special moment. I'm sure you'll find a beautiful dress!