Shopping for your wedding gown can be such a wonderful experience. Between sharing a special day with some loved ones to looking like a bride for the first time, it can provide that moment when “it all gets read.” Anyone who has seen Say Yes to the Dress has a general idea of how an appointment works at a wedding salon, but we have five pieces of advice to add as you plan your first trip to find your gown.
1. Think “inner circle” instead of “entourage.”
Say Yes to the Dress has many people thinking that a trip to the bridal salon should includes a gaggle of friends and every female relative the bride has. With everyone chiming in with opinions, a large group can close an appointment down. What’s more, the opinions can be so numerous that you might be a tad overwhelmed. Bring your inner circle to the appointment and let the bridal shower be the gathering for a larger group.
2. Do some homework, but don’t fall in love with a dress on paper
So many brides create Pinterest boards or rip pages out of magazines that show stunning gowns on very beautiful models. Some of those dresses will look great on you. Some of them won’t. Be careful about falling in love with a dress you’ve only seen on a model.
3. Hydrate and eat!
Trying on dresses for an hour or more can be tiring. Prepare for you appointment by having a meal and hydrating yourself. If you schedule more than one appointment in a day, bring some snacks to eat between stops. Being tired or hungry can make you want to stop looking before your appointments are over.
4. Try each silhouette and style the first time out.
It’s amazing how many brides write one type of dress off completely before their first appointment. You never know when the trumpet gowns you swore off will become your favorites. People who don’t want to look at strapless gowns often reference wearing a strapless dress that didn’t fit properly at some point in their life. Your wedding gown will be altered to fit you precisely and if it’s strapless, it will stay up.
5. Give yourself time to fall in love.
For every bride who says she knew she had found “the one” the moment her wedding gown went on, there are several who didn’t have that experience. For every bride who cries when she sees herself in the mirror wearing her gown, there are several who didn’t. If you are the bride who falls in love at first sight, that’s wonderful, but don’t pressure yourself. Plenty of brides make multiple visits to the bridal salon before they settle on their dress.