From tulle to sequins and from lace to satin, I have seen it all when it comes to wedding dress shopping. I have witnessed the tears, the frustration, the joy, and the overall significance a wedding dress carries for a bride’s special day. With that experience I have also walked away with the do’s and don’ts for finding the perfect dress.
DO: * Bring your mom, grandmother, or closest friend with you dress shopping.
DON’T: Bring your entire bridal party and all the other friends that want to join – too many opinions will leave you lost and empty handed.
DO: * Be prepared- bring a few specific images or tear outs and have a clear idea of what you are looking for.
DON’T: Bring an entire binder with 50+ styles- takes up too much time and becomes too confusing.
DO: * Make an appointment.
DON’T: Walk-in without calling ahead- most salons staff according to appointments and may not have a bridal stylist available to help.
DO: * Be open minded to suggestions from your bridal stylist- they know their selection and what may look best on you.
DON’T: Stay away from a certain style or designer- you never know, it could be the right silhouette for you.
DO: * Inform the stylist of your budget and check price of each dress
DON’T: Try on a dress over your budget. The chances are you will end up loving it but can’t splurge on it.
DO: Allow 1 1/2-2 hrs for each appointment.
DON’T: Rush to try on as many dresses as possible.
DO: * Order your gown 6 months prior to your wedding date.
DON’T: Wait the last minute- Gowns take time to order (varies from designer) and you may not have enough time to get your favorite dress in time for your wedding.
DO: * Enjoy every moment of trying on different styles.
DON’T: Criticize yourself if a gown isn’t flattering, the right dress is sure to be found but only when you are in the right mindset.
DO: * LOVE, love, love the dress you choose.
DON’T: Keep shopping once you have already found the dress- just like you don’t start shopping fiancés once you have ‘the one’.