You've got a room full of smart women .... and they are all wedding gown experts. You with me? Now picture that they've determined the 5 most important things you need to consider when brides are ready to shop for a gown.
Want to hear more? The experts weight in!
Do not try on more than 10-15 dresses total.
Honestly, trying on fewer than 15 is even better. It becomes overwhelming when you have had dozens on and begin to want to cobble something together. You'll find that you end up wanting the lace from that dress, and the bodice from the other dress, with the hem and sparkle from "that other dress from two days ago" or the one you saw that one time in the magazine. Unless you are a designer, you don't know how this "dream" mosaic will even look or how to find it. It ends up blowing the budget and you get frustrated and lose the magic. After the 10th dress, the next one is "just another white dress."
Have your funding ready.
Brides will come in to get a sense of what is out there, what looks good on them and may be surprised to find their gown that very day. When they do and cannot then make a payment it's disappointing. Brides shopping for their gowns should always expect to find their dress even if it's the first time they've tried on gowns. Make sure that you're ready to buy when you are ready to shop.
Don't get stuck in your head.
A dress is not a logical decision. It is a heart decision, and as long as you stay within your budget you should be open to finding a dress that perhaps you didn't expect to find. Be open to being surprised and newly excited because you may fall in love with something unexpected. We've seen tomboys in ball gowns and girlie girls in more minimalist styles, gothic chicks in frills and the most modern young women in something akin to vintage lace. Be YOU and you will be beautiful. (Write that down!!) Have an open mind and heart!
It's OK to stray.
.... from what you were absolutely certain you had to have. Marriage is filled with change-ups and shifts in new directions that lead to unforeseen happiness. We sage experts know. It's ok to stray from what you thought you would look best in or fit the idea. Looking at pics of others in dresses is completely different from seeing yourself in the same dresses. Go with what fits YOUR body and personality.
Don't judge a dress by how it looks on the hanger.
This is a big one and the proof is in the images above. The dress on the hanger is the dress being worn on the right on her wedding day. The exact one! We see girls go flying past dresses on the racks because at first blush it doesn't say to them "hey!! I'm the one you saw in the magazine." If it has potential and some of the special details that you love, try it!
Your dress is out there, but by out there, we don't mean on the other side of the planet in some shop you'll never find and for money you don't have. And that doesn't mean you need to order from some shady online site. Those swindlers are out there as well and they are ready to take your money and send you a poorly constructed gown that doesn't fit or look like the one on the website.
Take into consideration these 5 tips and you'll find the right gown for your big day. We're sure of it!
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.