I think it’s pretty safe to say that most of us have been dreaming of the moment that we get to say yes to that perfect wedding dress. Everyone says that when you find THE dress, you just know. But how do you get to that point? How do you go from looking at a thousand dresses on Pinterest to being confident in that one dress? While we don’t have a full proof formula for finding the winner, we do have some tips to make a difference as you shop for that important gown.
- Do your Research
Before waltzing into a bridal boutique, make sure to do your research! Don’t be a shopper without a vision. Take the time beforehand to make that wedding dress Pinterest board. Find out what you like and what you can’t stand. Note the consistencies in the dresses that you are pinning. Do all of them have the same neckline or train? This can be a very helpful observation and something to definitely share with the sales representative of the bridal shop. It’s always good to give them as much information about your style as possible. It’ll make the appointment much easier for both of you!
- Form a Budget
Before making any appointments with a bridal boutique, please make sure to form a budget for yourself. Consider how much you want, or can afford, to spend on your dress, alterations and accessories. Be realistic. The worst thing you can do is try on a dress you know you can’t afford, fall in love with it, cry tears of joy and have to leave without that dress. Don’t put yourself through that torture!
- Find your Support System
Typically, a bride will want to go dress shopping with a few of her loved ones. It’s always great to have that support system and group of people to help you find your dream dress. Plus, it’s so sweet to share that “say yes to the dress” moment with someone like your mom or best friend. Find out who that support system is for you and invite them to join you. But on the other hand, don’t feel obligated to invite everyone. Don’t overwhelm yourself and the bridal boutique with 10 or 15 extra people. Too many people might equal too many opinions as well.
- Give Yourself Time
Getting the perfect dress takes time. If you know you’re a picky or indecisive shopper, start the process well in advance. Consider the time it might take to find something that makes you happy. How many bridal boutiques will you make appointments with? You must also factor in the time it takes to get your dress altered. On average, it could take up to 6-8 months to get those alterations done. That means you might need to start that Pinterest board and shopping prep a year in advance of your wedding. It’s always better to be safe rather than too late!
Finding that perfect dress to say “I Do” in is one of the most special moments within your engagement season. Taking the time to do a little prep before you jump right in can ensure a smoother process and quicker success. I hope these little tips make the difference in your wedding dress experience!