I watch a lot of wedding “reality” shows. And believe it or not, you can actually learn a lot from them if you pay attention. I thought I would write a few posts about some different shows and what I have learned from them…that way the next time someone teases you about watching them, you can tell them it is educational!
Today I would like to focus on shows that concentrate on the dress buying experience. I love Say Yes to the Dress (and the new Atlanta version) and Girl Meets Gown. The regional perspectives are really entertaining to me. But some things are universal…
Do not bring a HUGE entourage! Ever hear the saying “too many cooks spoil the broth”? It’s the same principle. If you bring a lot of people when you are dress shopping, and they all have different opinions, it will make it much harder for you to make a decision. Bring just a few and choose them wisely. I cannot count how many times I have seen a HUGE shopping party leave empty-handed – because no one can agree on anything!
Do bring people whose tastes are similar to your own. If you are a classy and sophisticated kind of girl and your friend is a glam it up kind of girl who loves bling, you are probably never going to agree on a gown. You love your mom but if she has her heart set on you wearing a big princess ball gown, and you see yourself in a sophisticated sheath, you will butt heads. And unless mom can accept your sense of style, your relationship may be better off if she is left at home.
Leave Negative Nelly at home. You may have a friend that never agrees with you, or perhaps is a little jealous of your pending nuptials. Maybe she just doesn’t see the point in spending so much money on something you will only wear once. This is not the person to bring with you. I saw an episode where the bride’s twin sister pouted and hated on everything she tried on. It was disgusting and I really felt sorry for the bride.
Know your budget. Gowns come in all shapes and sizes and their prices do too. You are not doing anyone a favor by trying on a gown that you can’t possibly afford – because you will fall in love with it and be convinced it is the one. And then have to walk out with something you don’t love as much.
Wear make-up, do your hair, and bring any accessories you already have. Have you seen What Not to Wear? I hate that they send the “victims” out shopping before they have their hair and make-up done. Of course they hate everything they try on – they still see the old them, not the new one they are being made into. Same thing goes for dress shopping. You don’t have to do full hair and make-up but if you go bare with your hair in a ponytail you will have a harder time envisioning yourself walking down the aisle in that gown. If you have heirloom jewelry or a veil you intend to wear, bring that too. It will help you see a complete picture.
Be open-minded. It is great to come in with some basic ideas of what you want your gown to look like, but be open to suggestions. Your bridal consultant will know what styles will work for your body type and may know the perfect gown for you.
Have fun! Be patient – you may have to try on a lot of gowns before you find the right one. But you will find it and you will be radiant on your wedding day.