6 Tips When Going Wedding Dress Shopping

Here are a few tips when trying on wedding gowns...

  • Think outside the box – Allow yourself to try on different styles of gowns.  You might go into the appointment thinking you don’t want lace, and try on a lace gown and fall completely in love.  Or you could think you want a fit and flair and end up purchasing a large amount of crinoline to add to your ball gown.
  • Bring your bridal inspiration – There is so much out there, so try not to get overwhelmed with the many Pinterest boards and Instagram posts.  Bring a few images that you can show your bridal consultant. This will help guide your consultant as well as narrow in on what you’re most attracted to. Sometimes talking about what you like and don’t like out loud can clarify a lot! ;)
  • Always book an appointment – Most bridal shops are appointment only. It would be awful to coordinate all of your family and friends to come dress shopping with you only to be turned down because you didn’t book an appointment. Call ahead.  It’s important to call bridal shops and ask for their starting price points.  If you know you only want to spend $1,000 on your gown, and the bridal shop has 2 gowns that start at that and the rest at $3,000 it might not be the best appointment to attend.  Also, check to see if the bridal shop is hosting a sample sale.  A lot of the time bridal shop owners will sell off the floor to clear out inventory for new samples to come in.
  • VIPS Only – I would not recommend bringing an army to watch you try on wedding dresses.  For starters, most bridal shops are small and have a limited amount of space for their appointments.  At the bridal shop I used to work at, we would only recommend a maximum of 4 people.  Ask your bridal shop how many guests they allow/prefer for the appointment. Keep in mind that less opinions are better especially if you’re easily influenced.  At the end of the day, you have to wear the gown and love it and no one else.
  • Scrub Scrub! I would recommend taking a shower and doing your hair & makeup before your appointment.  You might have a different experience when trying on gowns if you’re clean and feel good.  Also, your consultant will appreciate this, too!
  • Trust your stylist – Finally, trust your consultant.  Your consultant knows what they’re doing. They work with countless brides throughout the day and have met with most of the designers, sales reps, and know the overall quality and fit of the gown inside and out. However, if you’re really leaning toward another gown then go for it! After all, it’s your day and others opinions shouldn’t matter.

Hope this helps and have fun!

Till next time……