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Wedding Dress Shopping Dilemma

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#1 helenk

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 12:25 PM

So here's the story. We moved to Houston last August. All my friends and family are still home in Boston. I only have one friend here with her husband who we knew from Boston who moved down here the year before we did. We are good friends and I value her opinion. I'm just sad because I can't make it home to go dress shopping with my family and best friend nor can they make it here. Have any brides gone shopping without their moms, besties, etc? How did it go? Just looking to see if others have experienced this special moment without their closest loved ones.

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#2 calgarybride2015

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 01:33 PM

I went dress shopping with no loved ones just my closest friends who lived where I do. It was still a very special day and I wouldn't change a thing. Unfortunately my mom passed away over 10 years ago and I knew my sisters wouldn't be able to come. Hugs I know it's tough but if you can't make it work with people back home you will still have a special day with your friend.

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#3 puravida2015

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 02:49 PM

I actually went shopping by myself. My mom is and MOH live pretty far from me. And my FI mom and sister aren't very close either. I went shopping on short notice so none of them were able to make it. What I did was just ask the shop if they allowed pictures. I was able to FaceTime with my MOH and I sent pictures to my mom of anything that I liked. The shop that I purchased my dress from was very accommodating with this. It's not the same as having them there obviously but for me that was an easy way to get their input and they still see me in the dress.

#4 Kayla88

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 09:19 PM

I had my closest friends that I have here and my mom and grandma flew out ( just by chance, they surprised me). My friends were great they each had their phone and I was able to FaceTime with my sisters. It was an amazing experience and even if I really wanted my close friends and sisters with me, I wouldn't have it any other way. FaceTime was amazing and I was able to see their reactions, as for my close friends back home they will get to see my dress on our wedding day :)
Good luck :)

#5 rachelia160

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Posted 08 December 2014 - 06:53 AM

I did most of my dress shopping with just one of my bridesmaids, even though my mom and two of my other bridesmaids live by me.  For me, it was a lot less stress and pressure to not have an entire entourage with me (plus my mom has a tendency to be a little overly critical, so I didn't want that to put a damper on my experience).  I think it's only a big of a deal as you make it out to be--it doesn't HAVE to be like in the movies where your entire wedding party is with you.  It's still special and fun with just a close friend :) Just send your mom and friends lots of pictures while you're there, and maybe even videochat once you've narrowed down your choices!

#6 helenk

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Posted 08 December 2014 - 02:04 PM

Thanks ladies this makes me feel better about it! I def didn't want an entourage but it would've been nice to have my mom and best friend there. Pictures and Skype will have to do :) everyone will be surprised at the wedding :)

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#7 jeffandrobyn

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 12:13 PM



I ended up picking out my dress myself. I hear what you're saying about missing people but if you go alone, you don't have anyone to sway your decision. Here's my story - the first time I went with my aunt. She had some influence over me and I picked a dress I would start to second guess. About two months later, after days of looking at pictures of me in it, I started to have doubts. I decided to go back to the store by myself, to either decide to keep my dress or try something else. I ended up with something else that I LOVE. It was def the right choice. It helped that anyone I showed pictures to said they liked the new dress better than the first, but I'm glad I didn't have other people's opinions to go off when I was making up my mind. 


Have fun! 

#8 MrsCtoB

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Posted 14 December 2014 - 06:14 PM

I agree! While having everyone important to you help you pick the dress, it can be super stressful to consider all their opinions. It was the first time I had ever tried on wedding dresses and just the excitement of that alone made it hard for me to concentrate. I only brought my sister. I ended up bringing my mom, MIL, and SIL a few weeks later to help me pick out a veil. They still got to see it before everyone else so they felt special but I didn't feel overwhelmed when I was choosing. I hope you have/had a great experience!

#9 lovetrice23

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Posted 15 December 2014 - 07:30 AM

Everyone's posts are so helpful. I have to start looking soon as well. I plan to shop with my MOH who is also shopping for herself. I don't want the stress of everyone's opinion. Having everyone come for the veil is an awesome idea though. And maybe I'll keep the first visit a secret and go back with everyone once I figure out what I like. Hehe!

I hope it turns out well for you @helenk

#10 helenk

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Posted 06 January 2015 - 09:29 PM

Thanks ladies, all turned out well! I had two days with my friend of trying on MANY dresses and after going back and forth between 3, I finally picked one today! I def had to sleep on it bc I had a lot of opinions coming at me and everyone but my friend only had pics to go off of, and it doesn't help that I'm indecisive. It would've been nice to have them here but it was still a lot of fun trying on all those dresses!

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