Shopping for your wedding dress is one of the most stressful aspects of your wedding planning. I’d like to offer a few tips on how to make it one of the most exciting aspects of your wedding planning.
Shop early. And by early I mean both in your planning process and early in the day. Your wedding gown should be one of your first purchases – it can dictate the style of your event. But shopping early in the day is also good – before you feel bloated from the meals you have eaten or worn out from a long day at work.
Shop for the size you are now. I’ve never met a Bride that didn’t intend to lose a few pounds before her wedding day. And some of them do. If your gown fits and looks good on you at your biggest size, it will look even better
if when you lose the extra pounds.
Size is just a number on a tag. In case no one told you, wedding gowns run small. I don’t know why – one would think the designers would want to make brides think they are smaller than they really are – not bigger. Don’t be upset if you normally wear a size 6 dress and have to buy a size 10. If it looks good on you, and you love it, that is all that matters. PS – you might warn your bridesmaids about this issue too…
Make an appointment. Bridal Salons are almost always busy – be sure to make an appointment ahead of time to get the one on one attention you deserve.
Be prepared…Whether this means having photos of gowns you like, knowing your budget limitations, or buying the perfect gown even if it is the first one you try on – be prepared for anything.
Be open-minded. It is great to come into your appointment with gowns in mind – but be aware what looks good on paper may not look good on you. Allow your Bridal Consultant to offer suggestions as well. Trust her, she’s a pro.
Be made up. What I mean is, wear make-up and take time doing your hair before going to your appointment. It is hard to imagine yourself on your wedding day if you aren’t wearing make-up and your hair is just hanging down…unless that is how you intend to look.
Be practical. Do not blow your entire wedding budget on your wedding gown. Yes, it is important. But what good is an amazing gown if your location suffers? And you should never go into debt for a wedding gown.
Bring friends. But not too many. Your entire bridal party, mom, his mom, cousins, etc do not need to tag along. That’s way too many opinions being offered. Bring your mom if you get along really well, and one or two trusted friends. But ultimately remember: this is your wedding day and they don’t have to love your wedding dress.
Only you do.