And today, boys and girls, we'll be talking about several definitions of that word... as in :
What FITS? Or to bottom line it: Why does paying less than $1000 for your wedding gown fit into a perfect wedding scenario?
But first - 2 other important ways that your wedding dress should fit you:
1) Does it fit your personality, figure and style as a bride? (See the playful BT bride above!)
2) Does your gown fit the overall tone of your wedding? In other words, does it fit the location, the season and the theme, if there is one? (Another BT bride at the beach below chose her gown with the beach breezes in mind.)
And finally, does it fit your budget? And this an important one because while the first two may dominate a bride's thoughts and aspirations as she's shopping for a gown, most brides don't have a Kardashian budget to work with.
You have to pay for
the pastor or officiant,
the gifts for your tribe
... believe us, we get it.... we're in the bridal business.
But it IS your wedding gown and it IS important, so let's break it down!
First - does it fit your personality and you personally? If you've seen, well, ANY movie about a bride or a wedding, there is usually a scene of a gown fitting or selection and jokes are made about "poofiness" and "meringue-like dresses."
The gown should make you feel beautiful and you should be comfortable wearing it, and we always encourage brides to think about who they are and what they've dreamed about. Often girls come in with an idea, find it and we're off to the races. But keep an open mind too.
Next! Does it fit the theme, season and overall tone?
These days, a church wedding in a strapless gown and cowboy boots is no big deal. If it's a church wedding in the late fall or winter anywhere from NC to Maine however, you'll want to think about comfort and whether or not you'll want extras like a fur wrap or jacket to wear outside.
Destination wedding? What will the weather be? Are you and your future hubs going for a super casual garden wedding? We've had our BT brides tell us that they knew they wanted a dress that was going to have "flowy" aspect to it in a spring breeze or by the ocean. In the same way you're thinking about the flowers and colors based on theme - consider the month, place and vibe of your wedding as well.
By the time you've thought about your tastes and the style of your wedding, you're working with a budget and this is where Bridal Traditions comes in.
We are a boutique that sells beautiful gowns, made by designers who are in the bridal industry, are well-constructed but do not cost a fortune because these lines don't spend on the marketing that other lines do. The quality of our brands and lines is impeccable and the prices range from $500 - $1250, but the average price our brides pay is under $1000.
Each of the brides above purchased her gown from us and not one of them settled. They ALL had a different price range too, but after chatting with us, sharing their specific visions and wishes, we found gowns that looked gorgeous on them and suited the dreams, themes and budgets.
We work very hard with designers and manufacturers to find exquisite gowns that are affordable, so before you buy online - site unseen - consider Reserving a Fitting Room and letting us help you meet all of your goals.
BT is the best fit for many brides because we are a boutique with a commitment to listening to who you are, what you see for yourself and your day and what price point will keep you from stressing when you should be celebrating. We're here for you and if you haven't met us yet, we look forward to seeing your face and learning how we can make your wedding day perfect.
Store owner, Kelly has been in the bridal industry since 2000, when at the ripe old age of 20 she opened her first little store front on a wing and a prayer. She is a certified wedding planner (no, she does not plan weddings), and everything she knows about bridal and formal wear has come from, gut instinct, trial and error, and watching LOTS of What Not to Wear.