For those of you in the market for a wedding dress, Congratulations! You are about to embark on one of the most anticipated shopping trips of your life! I’m sure you are super excited and probably a bit anxious about making sure you make the right purchasing decision. Below are some tips to make the most of your shopping experience.
1. Who you should take dress shopping
Chances are you have several people who are over-the-moon excited for you and want to help you find THE ONE.
Dress that is!
You value their opinions and want to share this experience with them, but it’s probably not practical to take everyone with you to a bridal salon. So who should you take? To help make that decision, consider the following:
*If you can, definitely invite your mom. Whether or not she’s a fan of fashion, this is probably something she’s dreamed about for a long time. Take her even if you know she will say you are drop-dead gorgeous no matter what. She can’t help it! To her, you are one of the most beautiful women on earth. She thinks any dress would be lucky to have YOU wearing IT on your wedding day–not the other way around!
*For balance, you will also want to bring someone who is likely to tell it like it is; someone who you trust will be honest no matter what. But make sure they are your strongest supporters to minimize the chance of them stressing you out.
*You can quickly become overwhelmed by too many opinions shouting at you all at once, making it difficult to make the right purchasing decision. If more than 3 of your friends is too much for you to deal with on a typical trip to Nordstrom, then don’t take 8 of them with you to the bridal salon!
2. You are allowed to change your mind
You’ve probably scoured every blog, magazine, and Pinterest page, you’ve noted your favorite designers and set your bridal salon appointments. Once at the salon, you may find that there is a significant gap between what dresses look stunning in a magazine and what dresses look stunning on you. Give yourself permission to fall in love with a dress that is different from what you thought you’d like. Be open to the salon stylist suggesting and showing different gowns they think will work beautifully with your shape and personality. Doing so will save a lot of stress, and ensure you find the one that best fits YOU!
3. Break the tie between two or more dresses you love equally
Be mindful of the camera angles from which most wedding photos are taken. The majority of them tend to be the front of the dress from the waist up. So when push comes to shove, don’t make your final selection based on the beading at the bottom of the dress that most of your guests won’t pay attention to and will probably only be visible in a handful of photos, if at all!
With all of that said, the most important advice I can give you is to HAVE FUN. Happy Shopping!