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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Dress Shopping!

I am going dress shopping this weekend, for the first time. I'm nervous. My mom and I decided today that we are going to go Saturday. Lisa is supposed to go too. I made an appointment at David's Bridal for 1:00pm. I'm sure they're going to be swamped. So, in my nervousness, I felt like I should ask my fellow Knotties (I'm not sure why we're called Knotties, but whatever) if I needed any tips before I went. Here they are:

From: adobratzadobratz Last active: 3/26/2008 4:40:11 PM
Date: 3/26/2008 at 12:32 PM

Make sure you are comfortable in your undergarments...almost everyone there will see you in them.

From: aravis227 Last active: 3/26/2008 6:58:40 PM
Date: 3/26/2008 at 12:50 PM

I know this is a basic one, but so, so important. Take someone with you who will tell you how beautiful you are when you look good, but will also tell you when you look bad. If you don't have someone who can do both, take two people. :)

From: Darling Joie Last active: 3/26/2008 4:06:04 PM
Date: 3/26/2008 at 1:26 PM

Don't have on a ton of makeup.. .but enough to kind of mimic what you are going to wear on the day.. also if you are planning on having your up or down... wear it that way at the salon and this will give you a better idea for the day of... I've had so many friends and a few clients (I was a personal shopper) come in with sopping hair, or no makeup, or right from the gym and it just makes things more dissappointing sometimes. Have fun though! How exciting!

From: kriistinuh Last active: 3/26/2008 4:10:57 PM
Date: 3/26/2008 at 1:40 PM

I went for the first time about a month ago, didn't find "the one" but I do have one piece of advice for you... try on all types of styles! You never know what may look good until you try it on. Good luck!


From: 2BJCustodio2009 Last active: 3/26/2008 4:32:26 PM
Date: 3/26/2008 at 1:49 PM

Here I go again.....

1. WEAR FULL COVERAGE UNDIES!!!! You're going to have to come out and be zipped, tied, clipped/stuffed into all kinds of sizes.

2. Go in with pics of dresses you like and critic HARD! Tell clerk to being you a VARIETY of styles and kinds - dont stick to just one. You may think you would look bad in a style and end up looking AMAZING in it.

3. After you determine the styles/cuts you like, GET PICKY! Don't worry about hurting the sales clerks feelings. It is their job to say you look great in every dress and try to get you to buy it. Tell them, I like this, but not this, then ask the next dress they bring you to have/not have as you just stated. This will keep whittling down to the dress that is most ideal for you.

4. If you have your shoes already, bring them. Otherwise, something with a heel/look close to what you want. It will give you a better idea of hems, etc.

5. DANCE IN THE DRESS! If you are feeling the dress, bust a move! If you can't dance in it, you are going to be a wall flower or constantly falling over on the dance floor - and shoot after DJ prices, I am going to loose 100 lbs shaking my grove thing - even if I hate the song!

6. Check the temperature. Look online and see what the weather was on the day of you planned wedding as well as that weekend (ie, 2nd weekend of May) for your area. What are they predicting this year? What is the temperature in the bridal shop? This will help you compare as to how you will feel day of. If it is 60 in shop, and they average 80 your wedding day - you know you will be hotter, so if your legs are sweating now, think then.

7. TRUST YOUR GUT! If everyone says it is great and your ehh on it, NEXT!

8. DONT BUY THAT DAY! Get the # and style (and ignore fake warnings of being discontinued) and the price they will sell for. Go to other shops (repeating above). If you still think of this one, now price compare. Cheaper through online, will shop price-match? And don't be ashamed to say that you are going to price compare on them....they may try dropping the price then/offering discounts on BM dresses (norm in my area is 15% off if bought from same store). STILL PRICE SHOP THEM. Many shops offer the BM discount, so don't be tricked. Whatever their final offer/discounts are write it on the card with the style #. This way you can go back and request their offer if you cannot beat it.


From: db2882 Last active: 3/26/2008 2:05:57 PM
Date: 3/26/2008 at 2:05 PM

I agree with everyone and wanted to add bring a camera! If they allow you to takes pictures, try to get a few... front back and any details that really floor you. It'll help you keep everything in mind later. Some of the ones I thought I loved in the store, I ended up hating once I saw the pictures at home on the computer.

I also want to re-stress trying on all styles. When the consultant pulled one of the dresses off the rack, I said, "Are you KIDDING me?!" But then I put it on and was absolutely floored! Now I'm just lokking for the best price.

From: Jenniferk08 Last active: 3/26/2008 3:54:55 PM
Date: 3/26/2008 at 2:15 PM

most important.. SIT DOWN IN THE DRESS.. you want to be able to breath and you want to make sure it won't leave you with a wrinkled butt should you sit for a few seconds.. camera is very imporant. you want to know just what people will be looking at for an hour..

also bring clippings from magazines of dresses you like. when i went to David's bridal i had everything picked out. i handed Nathalee the book and she brought out all the dresses i wanted to try on.

never feel pressured to buy.. would you buy a car the first time you saw it or would you think about it.. with dresses starting at over 500 it's a big purchase.. don't buy on impulse.. it will be there tomorrow..

From: ohthtgrlohthtgrl Last active: 3/26/2008 4:50:36 PM
Date: 3/26/2008 at 3:15 PM

be polite, but be honest with the sales people, if you don't tell them you HATE a dress that you truly hate, they'll still bring similar ones for you to try on. don't worry about hurting their feelings, they didn't make the dress. and they really do want to find exactly what you want.

See. They can be helpful. : )

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