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Saying ‘Yes’ to the Dress

November 16th, 2010 by     

Originally I saved dress shopping for when I was planning to have lost some weight. Since the weight hasn’t gone and time was ticking away until our wedding date, I finally just made the plans to go dress shopping. I wanted my mom to be in town for the dress shopping, so I waited for a weekend for her to be able to come with me and made appointments at two different places: David’s Bridal and A Formal Occasion (if you aren’t from GA, specifically the northern Metro-Atlanta area, it’s a small boutique in Kennesaw).

My dress shopping experience was fun and exhausting. If you’ve been, you know what I am talking about. Putting on and taking off umpteen dresses and modeling and all that stuff really takes a lot out of you. I absolutely slept like a baby the night after dress shopping. Anyway, the fun part.

We started out the day at 11am at David’s Bridal. It was a Saturday so it was busy but not packed. I didn’t feel overwhelmed by the amount of people in the store but I did feel overwhelmed by the amount of dresses in the store. I also felt overwhelmed by the saleslady as she was a bit … pushy. She was polite and had a feel (kind of) for what I wanted but it wasn’t exactly what I expected my dress shopping experience to be. I probably tried on at least 10 dresses while I was at David’s and none of them really wowed me. By the time that I left I was hot and hungry and was set on coming back to get a dress that was so-so to me. I liked it. But I didn’t love it and it definitely wasn’t the one. I confessed to the lady that I didn’t want to commit to the dress right then and there because I had another appointment so she said that she would make me an appointment for later that afternoon and I could come back and put it back on and get it.

I should also say that I had high expectations for dress shopping as I have been watching (here and there) TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress and that is what I expected my day to be like. Without all the drama of course!! I thought that the saleslady would be the one helping me in and out of the dresses and I would get to model the dresses to my mom, my Matron of Honor and one of my bridesmaids. This wasn’t the case. My mom was in the room with me helping me get in and out of the dresses and I think that it ruined the experience for both of us. She had to help me in and out of dresses and then walk out with me to see it and I think that it was not only exhausting for her, but she didn’t really get to enjoy seeing me in each dress like she should have. Neither of us were really wowed by the dresses at David’s…

After David’s, we made our way to our appointment at A Formal Occasion. Let me tell you, my appointments were like night and day.

My experience at A Formal Occasion was amazing. First off, I walked in and was welcomed warmly and sincerely by the owner, Lucinda, and she led me to dresses and told me to pick out ones that I liked. So, between my mom, my MOH and my bridesmaid, we were able to pick out about 6-8 dresses that we liked. Then, the three of them were asked to go and sit down and I got in and out of the dresses with the help from Lucinda and eventually another saleslady. I felt absolutely like a bride at this appointment.

The first dress that I walked out in was the first dress of the day that I actually was excited about and said that I “felt like a bride”. It was a good sign :) It wasn’t the dress that I chose, but it was one of the 2 that we narrowed it down to. All I’m going to say is that I’m a Maggie Sottero bride! Y’all will have to wait until after my wedding to see pictures of me in my dress/of my dress. Oh. And I never made it back to David’s Bridal. I called and canceled my appointment because the dress I chose their was no competition to the one I got :)

All I could think about was my dress after the appointment and how much I wanted to go and put it back on. I’ll be in around February/early March and I can start getting alterations and all that jazz… until then, I keep looking at my dress on the website and wishing that I could wear it all the time.

What was your dress shopping experience? How many dresses did you try on before you found the one?

5 Responses to “Saying ‘Yes’ to the Dress”

  1. Orchid Bud Says:

    I’m sorry that you had such a bad experience at David’s Bridal, but I’m happy to hear that you had a better experience at the smaller boutique and you were able to find the ONE. That’s really what matters. I have to say though, my experience at DB was completely opposite of yours. My consultant helped me in and out of maybe 15 dresses and after the first four got a great handle on what I was looking for. She even gave me her cell phone number in case I had any problems with the dress. My friend had a great experience there as well (she even friended her consultant on Facebook), so I think the experience varies by store. If anything, I think a bad first experience makes you appreciate everything after even more.

  2. Lilac Bud Says:

    I totally know what you mean about night and day appointments. I have great respect for the salesladies that actually get you in and out of the dresses. I do not recommend David’s Bridal… I made the mistake of giving them my email and they overloaded my inbox!

  3. Magnolia Bud Says:

    I had night and day service experiences, too. It’s incredible how much a salesperson helping you into a dress really changes the feel of the dress shopping (and how enjoyable it is)!

  4. January Bride Says:

    I went to 3 different stores before I found the 1. Two small boutiques and 2 separate David’s Bridal (but I count that as one store). I did end up buying my dress at David’s Bridal. The very first dress I LOVED was at a boutique that went out of business 2 weeks later. I am super thankful that I did not buy the dress because I would have never recieved it! I went to a David’s Bridal at one end of town got horrible service and left after 10 minutes. Few months later went to another David’s Bridal in another town and had the best experience I’ve ever had at a bridal store. The consultant guided me through the styles, sizing, getting dresses, accessorizing. She didn’t even pressure me to buy. I was stuck between two dresses. She told me, “she hoped I found the perfect dress”. I made another appointment with her 3 days after the first and purchased my wedding gown which I can say is the dress. She was so nice that she kept in contact with me after the appointment even helping me with buying my veil (later down the rd), purses, bridesmaid dresses and even helped me exchange a dress after I had a falling out with a friend. All dresses showed up 2-4 weeks after ordering them and in mint condition.

    Btw I love your site!

  5. Dusty Rose Says:

    I’m embarrassed to say…but 25. I must’ve tried on over 100 dresses too. I even tried on some of dresses on without even realizing I’ve tried it on before!

    I would write about my experiences…but there’s just too many! If you’re interested in reading about my experiences…it’s on my blog.