In movies, wedding shopping is one of those experiences that involves lots of pretty gowns, a few loved ones and a helpful consultant, all culminating in a teary moment where the bride finds her perfect dress. In real life, there's a big gap between walking into a bridal store and that final selection. There are a delightful assortment of awkward (and sometimes enraging) moments in between, most of which occur when onlookers can't seem to keep their mouths shut.
We asked folks about the worst things they've heard people say to brides, whether it was their own experience or one in which they were a bystander. Their stories are beyond ridiculous.
1. "You need to wear Spanx with this dress."
"I was told I 'needed' to purchase what was essentially super strength Spanx in order to 'smooth everything out.'"—Brittany
2. "Wow, that will look so amazing once you lose 10 pounds!"
"If this person really wanted the bride to feel good in her dress, they probably should've stopped after 'wow.'"—Katie
3. "Would your fiance like this?"
"While gown shopping, I was constantly being asked, 'Would he like this?' or told, 'He will love this!' This is about me loving it. I ended up buying a dress online."—Eugenia
4. "You'll be losing weight anyway, right?"
"Everyone assumed that I would be losing weight to fit into a too-small dress rather than wanting to find one that already fit!"—Emma
5. "You can't wear that with your butt."
"My mother-in-law told the woman who worked at the bridal boutique not to let me try on any mermaid dresses, because my Kim Kardashian butt would take attention away from everything else she 'worked so hard on.'"—Holley
6. "That dress isn't your style."
"I used to work at a bridal salon and heard some really awful things like, 'I just never pictured you in lace...it doesn't really seem like your style, you know?' As if women shouldn't dress however they want on their wedding day!"—Katie
7. "Good, that makes your arms look smaller!"
"The aunt said, 'The slight off-the-shoulder silhouette really slims down your arms.' Oh, cool, thanks for ruining the most amazing high of my life so far! I'd also like to note that my husband is 6-foot-6-inches tall and 350 pounds, and no one cared what his upper arms looked like in his tux."—Cassy
8. "You can just wear a costume."
"We decided to set our date for Halloween. I went to a couple bridal shops and when they'd ask when I was getting married, I was met with two reactions: They'd either burst out laughing, (sometimes followed by an apology) or sit in stony silence, looking me up and down. One asked why I was even bothering with a dress, since I could wear 'any costume.' I wound up buying my dress online."—Meg
9. "Your hips are too big for that."
"The lady at the boutique told my size-four cousin that her hips were too big to wear a mermaid style. Naturally, that's exclusively the style she looked at afterward."—Ceeks
10. "God made your body this way."
"I asked the seamstress if I could get cups sewn into a dress. She told me that I have small breasts, but God made me that way. I then I realized that I am a reformed Jewish girl buying a dress off of extremely catholic Italians, suddenly trying to explain why I want my girls to look their best on my big day. It became an awkward, guilt-ridden conversation."—Rachel
11. "Shouldn't you wear a sleeved dress to hide your tattoos?"
"Hey, onlookers. If a bride wants to show her tattoos, she's allowed to make that choice for herself."—Hal
12. "No one wants to see a bride with rolls."
"The sales associate told me she wouldn't show me dresses with cut-out backs because of my back fat. When I insisted on trying one on she poked my back while she was zipping me up and said, 'See? No one wants to see a bride with rolls.'"—Daniella
13. "We have nothing for you here."
"The first thing she asked me about was my budget, and when I told her what it was she answered just with a 'no.' She told me that it was too low and there was nothing in the store that was within that price range, except really lightweight 'beach' dresses, as she put it. She proceeded to show me a few dresses, but would immediately point out why it wouldn't work — they were too expensive, not the style I requested, too summery. Ironically, when I finally said I was leaving, she was shocked and upset and tried to convince me to stay."—Lauren
14. "It's not too small—you just have to lose weight."
"I went to a consignment wedding dress shop and tried on a dress that fit me terribly. I told the saleswoman it was too small. Her response: 'Well, you have to lose weight before your wedding day."—Meghan
15. "You're not going to stay this size, are you?"
"At one place I went to, the consultant repeatedly told me that the dress style I was in looked frumpy and that her preferred style was the one to go with because she was the expert. She rushed me through every dress I tried on, refused to let my maid of honor in the room with me, and when she asked me what size I was and I told her, she said, 'Okay, but what size do you want to be on the day?'"—Samantha