You’re finally engaged, and on the hunt for the dress of your dreams!! How exciting!! I remember dress shopping and how fun the experience was for me and I want you to have a great experience too! So here’s a few tips to help you get the most out of your wedding dress shopping experience.
Tips for Finding the Perfect Dress
Go to a store with plenty of styles you love! Just because a friend found her dress there doesn’t mean they’ll have the style you prefer, and that’s okay! Go somewhere that you know has several styles you are interested in trying.
Not every bride is going to know what designers they like. Here’s a few of my favorite designers so that you can be familiar with the names you may see in a bridal salon: Hayley Paige, Allison Webb, Pronovias, Stella York, Badgley Mischka, Sareh Nouri, Jenny Packham, Rivini, Estee Couture, and Anne Barge Couture.
HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT STYLE YOU PREFER!
It’s helpful for the consultant if you have an idea of what style you see yourself in. Pinterest is great for this, or just notice what styles catch your eye scrolling through Instagram! Remember, don’t base your wedding around Pinterest photos! Don’t become set on just one dress, but figure out the style first and try on multiple things within that style. Some brides know exactly what styles flatter them most and what they prefer. Share that with the consultant so she can help you find your dream!
Be Open to Trying Different Styles
When I tried on wedding dresses for my own wedding, I came in with an idea of what style I preferred. I was fairly certain of the style I wanted, but when I tried it on, I quickly realized this wasn’t the dress for me! It didn’t flatter my figure or feel like “me”. But because I was open to trying on other styles, I knew I wasn’t missing out on something else, and the consultant was able to find my dress!
TRUST THE CONSULTANT, AND CHOOSE A STORE WITH AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE!
Of course, this comes with picking the right dress store! Some dress stores have private appointments where you are the only bride in the store. Others allow multiple appointments to take place at once. I found my gown at One & Only Bridal Boutique in Orlando and I was the only person in the store and it was a dream. I felt so comfortable and loved that we got the whole store to ourselves. In Huntsville, there are a few shops that do one on one appointments. We work very closely with Ivory and Birch and they offer this service to their client.
Only Bring a Few People
While it might be tempting to invite your entire bridal party and both sides of the family, it will be overwhelming going through everyone’s suggestions and opinions the first time dress shopping! Having just a few people allowed me to not feel overwhelmed, and I felt comfortable saying “no but thank you!” if I already knew I wouldn’t love it! They were encouraging but honest, and it wasn’t too many opinions! I brought my sister and close friend to the appointment and when we found the dress, we called my mom to show her.
Here are a few of our favorite bridal shops in the local area: