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#1 berliewed08

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    Posted 29 January 2008 - 09:48 PM

    Any suggestions for dress shopping when you have no (nearby) family and little to no friends. I can't wait to try on my first wedding dress and have an appointment at David's on Friday after work. Problem is, I'm in Philly, and my family and bestfriends are in NY. I am very close to my mother & my sister is my Matron of honor.I know these two cities are not far apart. But I really wanted to avoid weekend dress shopping. Should I just cancel and plan a long NYC weeked to dress shop? or do some on my own? I know this experince will be a little overwhelming, not sure if i could or should do it solo.
    Hoping my New Year's wish comes true.

    #2 LCBride2007


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      Posted 29 January 2008 - 09:50 PM

      I actually preferred going by myself - I didn't like the idea of women fussing all over me. It was faster, I tried on what I wanted, got in, and got out! Also, I didn't have the impact of other people's reactions to sway my own opinion, ya know? After I narrowed it down to 2 I brought a friend, but I had pretty much already decided anyway!

      #3 cheese_diva

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        Posted 29 January 2008 - 09:52 PM

        The local salon actually encouraged me to go alone because she's seen so many girls love a dress just to have their well meaning family/friends rip it apart or nit pick..

        It won't be as "fun" but might give you a good idea of the style of dress that looks great on you (have your dress helper take photos, front and back) that you can review later.

        You won't feel as stressed or hurried to get through your dress selections.

        Then you can plan a bigger trip and not feel as much frustration about not loving anything.. OR you find the dress of your dreams and you get to show it off to them.
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        #4 Betsy


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          Posted 29 January 2008 - 09:52 PM

          I actually went by myself just last week and it was great! I went another time w/ my whole family and seriously it was really overwhelming!! Just make sure you bring a camera with you so you can look at the pics later! I forgot mine the first time and had to go back to get it! Good Luck - you will be fine.

          #5 rodent


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            Posted 29 January 2008 - 09:55 PM

            I also shopped alone. I took my camera with me so I could show my choices to friends. It also helped to look at the pictures at the end of the day side by side.

            #6 berliewed08

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              Posted 29 January 2008 - 10:24 PM

              Thank you. You all are right. It's just what I needed to hear. I'll make sure my camera's memory card is clear and ready for the pictures. I'm excited all over again.
              Hoping my New Year's wish comes true.

              #7 Mandy

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                Posted 29 January 2008 - 11:05 PM

                I took my mom, but only because I knew I would need help deciding on the final one. I ended up with 2 I really liked, very similar in style, and she helped me choose. I'm very happy with what I ended up with, and we had a great time, but that's just me.

                #8 B&J2008

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                  Posted 29 January 2008 - 11:13 PM

                  I've actually gone to 3 dress shops by myself and once with my mother. I've gone with three other friends dress shopping for their weddings, and it gets kinda crazy, everybody telling their opinions. It was nice to be able to pick out a couple of dresses, and now that my friends schedules will allow, I will have them go with me to give opinions, but I've pretty much already decided on my dress myself!

                  #9 coreyphil

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                    Posted 29 January 2008 - 11:14 PM

                    I completely agree with the other girls --- I went solo and narrowed it down to 2 ... then I took my mom and best friend. For me, I felt like I could move through the dresses much more quickly ... Have fun! Can't wait to see pictures!

                    #10 starchild



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                      Posted 29 January 2008 - 11:17 PM

                      Consider yourself lucky! I had a BM in town who would have gone but I didn't want her to. I went alone from start to finish. People will try to sway you, I had that prom dress experience and I didn't want that stress for my wedding dress. Have fun!!

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