Searching for your dream wedding dress can be both fun and stressful. Here are some tips to make shopping for your dress an enjoyable and memorable experience.
- Choose your entourage wisely.
Every bride wants to be surrounded by friends and family who will be encouraging and honest, but too many people can lead to too many opinions. When picking your entourage, try to pick perceptive companions who will pay attention to your reaction to the dress before voicing their opinions. There is nothing worse than falling in love with a dress and having someone proclaim their disdain for it. Also, limiting access will heighten anticipation. Everyone wants to know what the dress looks like, why not leave it to people’s imagination?
- Bring pictures.
If you have dresses that you’re in love with, bring pictures of them. This helps your bridal consultant narrow down what style(s) you may like. If the salon carries any of the dresses in your pictures it allows you to try them on immediately instead of attempting to describe the dress.
- Stick to your budget.
Most websites do not advertise price. Be sure to verify that your pictured dresses are in your price range before they pull them. If a dress is out of your budget, the pictures will help your bridal consultant get a feel for the materials, silhouettes, and details you love. Try hard to only try on dresses that are within your budget. Once you fall in love with a dress, nothing will compare.
- Be wary of dress overload.
It’s easy to walk into a salon and have the urge to try on every dress they have. Experienced dress shop attendants can most likely help you find the ones that are best suited for your figure and budget. Keep in mind, that after about 15 dresses, it is easy to forget what the first 5 looked like. The process can be overwhelming, but don’t let all the options stress you out and call it a day when the dresses start looking the same.
- Space out your salon appointments.
Bridal salons can not foresee how punctual their customers are going to be. If the first appointment of the day is 20 minutes late, your appointment may be delayed. Scheduling back to back appointments might lead to a stressful day. Try to space out your appointments with a minimum of 3 hour time gaps in between or better yet, schedule them on different days.
- Bring water and snacks.
If you are going to power through multiple appointments in one day, you more than likely will be missing meals. The last thing you want is to run out of energy mid appointment. You will be surprised how heavy and exhausting it is to lift, zip, tie or button up a wedding dress for the 30th time in one day. Keep water handy to stay hydrated and don’t forget to nibble on snacks in-between appointments.
- Bring heels (and a bra too!).
Bringing a pair of heels allows you to get the added length the dress design was made for to take your breath away. You may not yet have the heels you will be wearing on your wedding at the time you try on dresses, but any heels will do. If you plan on wearing flip flops instead, bring a pair of those. This way you can see what the dress is going to look like and how it will feel in that height of heel. This is also a great time to invest in a strapless bra. The right underpinnings can dramatically change the way a dress shapes up on your body. Spanx are great too. Whatever you think you might be pulling on to pull it off should be in your bag when you are at the shop!
- Trust your gut.
Not every bride gets emotional when they find THE dress, you may find that you keep going back to one particular dress, but aren’t quite sure. More than likely, that is the one. If you are concerned that you aren’t making the right choice, take down all the information needed to purchase the dress and spend some time away. If it’s still on your mind after a good night’s sleep is a good sign that you’ve found the one.
Dresses are like partners, when you find one you love, there is no reason to keep looking.
If you love it, you found it, stop looking and buy it!
Good Luck and Happy Planning!!