Dress shopping is one of the exciting parts of getting married. Every girl has a vision of what they want to look like on their wedding day, even if they aren’t in a relationship. But what most brides don’t know is that most of the time, they pick a dress that they never thought that they would wear on their big day, they didn’t even think they would try it on. I have had firsthand experience with this when I worked at a bridal salon.
We would have brides that came in and would describe their perfect dress and explain what she wanted to look like on her wedding day. I would pick dresses that she described to me and I would pick some that were the opposite of what she thought she wanted. Most of the time, not all the time, but most of the time the bride would pick the opposite one or at least like the style more than what she originally wanted. So, don’t be afraid to try on something different, you might actually love it and say yes to the dress.
Dress shopping also comes with different budgets, this can be difficult when finding the perfect dress. Wedding dresses are expensive and the popular looks are the most expensive ones. If you have a budget, then go to the “second hand” dress stores, some of these dresses have never even been worn. If you are going to go to name brand bridal salons, then call ahead of time to see if they have dresses in your price range. Don’t be afraid to do this, there were so many brides that called to ask me if we had dresses at certain prices, it helps the bridal salon and the dress search for you. A great place to go for budget brides is YWCA Central Virginia, this store has dresses that have been donated that may be gently used or brand new and the prices are great! Having a budget should not keep you from finding your dream dress.
One thing that bothers me the most when brides that go dress shopping is the people they bring with them. If you know you have some very opinionated people that you want to invite, don’t invite them, this can ruin the whole experience. What I noticed when I worked at a bridal salon is that when these opinionated people in the group opened their mouth, they changed the whole mood at the appointment. This can also make it really hard to find the perfect dress. If you decide to bring these people along, then please remember that this is your day, no body else’s, you should pick the dress that makes you feel like a bride, stand your ground about the dress you love!
There are some brides that have no idea what they want and there is nothing wrong with that. If you are like most people, then you have never put on a wedding dress before, so how would you know what you want. Try everything on, and don’t judge the dress by what it looks like in the bag or by what it looks like hung up! Try on different silhouettes first then go for style, this will help narrow down a lot. Make sure you add accessories as well, this can help a lot because you can see the whole look.
These are some of my tips and tricks to wedding dress shopping! I hope this helps, if you need some more suggestions, then don’t hesitate to contact me!