For my original dress (before postponing), I think it was the fourth dress I tried on (though I tried on probably around 40 dresses total before I went back and officially said yes). For my new dress, I tried on WAY TOO MANY lol. I spent the entire spring/summer/fall of 2021 looking for a new dress, and just couldn't seem to find one that I genuinely liked. I wondered if the styles were all just essentially the same in my area, so I decided to go to a completely different area to see if I would have more luck. Once I drove to a different state (about 2.5 hours away) to try on dresses, I found my dress at the first store I went to.
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I think both. My original dress has an absolutely stunning train, which is pretty much what sold me on the dress in the first place. I'm thinking I'll wear that one for the ceremony, and the new dress for the reception.
The first boutique we went to I tried on about 12-13 dresses but the boutique itself was awful - the customer service was seriously lacking and we were just told to pick dresses off the racks and try them on ourselves.
At the second boutique I selected 5 dresses from their look books but I couldn't decide between 2 I liked, but thankfully I had the most amazing salesperson with me and she listened to what I liked and didn't like about each of the top 2 and then picked out a dress for me which had everything I wanted!
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I’m amazed at how decisive some of you brides are!! Did you pretty much know what you wanted when you went into the appointment, or did you just luck out on it being the third dress?!
I think about 14! One or two were more wacky and out there and just for fun, some were just to eliminate different silhouettes, but would you believe it, I bought the very first dress I tried on?
It had some features that weren't exactly what I was looking for (I wanted a bateau neckline and maybe even sleeves, plus I didn't think the skirt was big enough).
But, with a few tweaks and a chat to the seamstress, we agreed the changes I wanted would be possible, and tadaaa! Dress purchased.
It was a really lovely day, actually, 2 stores, lunch, then back to the first store for one last try before I bought the dress. It felt very special and inclusive, having my mum and my sister there and chatting about the options over lunch with a glass of wine.
I tried on around 30 dresses total - about 8 before I said yes to the dress - then the rest - then went back to try on the dress I already said yes to and felt so relieved and confident that I picked the right dress!! Sometimes ya gotta do silly stuff like that to feel 100%.
66 here! 😂 I knew what I wanted, but I had a really hard time finding it. Many of the bridal salons I visited didn’t have the dresses I saved from their websites in store (Some bridal salons simply listed every dress by the designers they carried, as they could order them and/or would have them in during trunk shows). As many of the dresses I liked online weren’t in store, the stylists instead brought similar dresses for me to try. Unfortunately, the similarity ended with the shape and lace I requested. Instead, they had many on trend elements (deep v-necks, see through panels, side cut-outs, honey/nude/tan-colored lining, high slit, etc) that I didn’t want. Some of these items, of course, could be easily changed in alterations, but I had a hard time imagining how the changes would be made. Thankfully, at my last appointment (I was going to take a break from shopping if this one didn’t work out), the bridal salon had almost all the dresses I liked online in store and the stylist really listened to what I wanted. After trying on a few and listening to my comments, she said she knew which dress would be perfect with some customizations. And she was right! Can’t wait to wear it in April!
9 so far. I have another dress appointment in 2 weeks. Going to try on 3 others, found one that I love in a style that I didn't think I wanted. But, I just want to make sure.