Ever wonder why women “say yes to the dress” a really long time before they actually tie the knot? It’s because picking out a dress and having it ready for the big day often is an incredibly involved, long process.
To get ready for the big day of shopping, you need to do some ground work before you go in. Make sure you have taken all the Buzzfeed quizzes about which dress is your style and are familiar with styles you are interested in and friends and family think would look amazing on you. You can do this by making a Pinterest board, of course. Having visuals will help people in your life help you and will give you what you need for when you go in for your appointment.
Having this information helps you talk with your bridal consultant when you get there. When you have an idea for what you want when you get there, you make the entire process much easier. Also, this type of research can enable you to set a realistic budget to go in with. If you clearly outline what you want and what price range you’re looking at you don’t have to worry about gowns you cannot afford but fall in love with.
Having all this information will allow you to know how you want your dress to make you feel which will help you give designers constructive feedback to ensure a great process. Make sure your dress is comfortable enough to spend the night in when you have it on and keep an open mind. You may have done your research, but keep in mind your consultant is a professional and has valid points and opinions.
Designer gowns take a while to order and have ready. You need to allow for time for delivery and alterations. Most dresses need to be altered by the bridal boutique. It is very rare a woman does not even a slight alteration. This also enables you to customize the dress how you want to make it truly your dream dress. Want some beads? Some rhinestones? Some ribbon? You need time to ensure this is done well and with enough time. Also make sure to look through their portfolio and reviews, the last thing you want is to ruin your dress.
The time you schedule your appointment can be a major factor in success. When scheduling your appointment try to make it at a less busy time. This way you’ll have more attention from your consultant, won’t have the havoc of many brides looking for their dress stressing you out and hopefully have the undivided attention of your bridal entourage. An easy way to do this is schedule early in the morning on weekends or during the weekday.
The final way to have your dream dress is to limit your shopping entourage and remember it is your day. You can look to moms, sisters and best friends for opinions worth listening to. They know you, they know your body. Listen to what they say. If you love a dress but everyone says that is not the one for you, reconsider it and try to find one that is similar but changes what they think could be changed. But, at the end of the day, this is your dress and your wedding so it’s your decision.
Stay tuned for our four part, in depth guide to wedding dress shopping!