If you are like most, you have dreamt about your wedding day for as long as you can remember! It's not everyday you go out and buy a white, formal gown, made of expensive silks and lace. However, your wedding dress will probably be the most memorable dress you’ll ever wear.
Many thoughts go into choosing the perfect wedding dress. You get an imagine what you want your wedding day to be like as well as how you want to look and feel. When a bride finds the right dress, she just "knows" it is the right dress because she'll get an emotional flood that takes over all her senses, or sense of peace of mind. Remember not every bride cries when they find their dress, everyone is different. But, here are a few things to remember when you go shopping for that dress:
You don't want to bring EVERYONE
When shopping for you wedding gown don’t bring ALL six bridesmaids and your mother. If you bring too many people shopping, it can be very confusing with several different opinions. When brides bring too many people they end up getting frustrated and overwhelmed. Try shopping with just one or two people, four max.
Try to look your best
When you go shopping for YOUR dress – try to look your best. Sometimes even the most beautiful gown won’t look just "right" if your hair is a mess and you don't feel pretty. Also, be sure to wear proper undergarments, because hot pink underwear is not a trend you want to look back on in photos of this memorable experience.
Have an open mind
Go into your appointment with an open mind. It is okay to have an idea of gowns that you envision yourself wearing, but know that you may change your mind and that is okay. Even if you do have an open mind, we suggest pinning, taking screenshots, and bringing in inspiration so that we can pull gowns similar. Just know that dresses are unattractive on a hangar, and by trying on dresses that you think are not what you want, may be the dress of your dreams in hiding.
It is OK to find your gown at the first shop
Brides often times have FOMO (fear of missing out), thinking that they need to go and shop everywhere. Honestly, having seen this numerous of times, shopping at every bridal shop causes confusion and wedding gowns start to look rather similar. Having 1- 2 shops is ideal, because a stylist is able to work with details you are loving about a dress and find a gown that is YOUR dream dress. The shops you choose should be bridal boutiques that you trust and that you can utilize the services they provide. Some bridal shops even offer other experiences throughout your planning so that you can enjoy being a bride throughout the whole process up until your wedding day.
Tips & tricks for ordering your dress
Wedding dresses take about 4 to 6 months to get in from the designer. When a stylist takes your measurement please know that these measurements are used to decide a size, not for customizing a gown. The size chosen will be one standard bridal size, and later one will be altered to fit you like a glove.
When you to go order your wedding dress, order the dress in your current size. Don't order a smaller size anticipating to lose weight. It's always easier (and LESS EXPENSIVE) to take in a dress rather than letting it out. Wedding dresses often run small. Even though you might be a size 10 in jeans, you’ll likely need to purchase at least a size 12 wedding dress.
Before you order your dress, be sure to check into the shop. How long have they been in business? Do they have a seamstress? Are they honest? and do they communicate well? These questions may not be something you truly care about but, know exactly what kind of bridal shop you want to say, "YES to the dress" at.