Finding a wedding dress that makes you feel the way you always envisioned you would feel on your wedding day can feel a bit overwhelming when you walk into your first bridal shop!
With a handful of different silhouettes to choose from and even more designers than you can name, the idea you may have had in your head when you first walked in may go right out the door as you’re greeted with a stunning Vera Wang or amazed by a bold Galia Lahav.
That’s why we believe the key to finding the perfect wedding dress in a pile of beautiful dresses comes down to having a good plan (can you blame us? We’re big on planning over here!) So you’ve got to go in prepared, go with backup, and also…be ready to ditch the plan.
So if you’re a newly engaged woman on the hunt for that perfect wedding dress and you’re ready to make your search a bit easier, then keep reading because this blog was made just for you!
When you walk into a store without a plan or reason, you tend to make bad decisions (we’ve seen the Target receipts!) So when it comes to shopping for your wedding dress, you’ve got to walk in as prepared as you can.
You should know the description of your body type, you should know the silhouettes that typically compliment your body type, and you should also be aware of the silhouettes you generally like!
By knowing this information, you can walk into any Bridal shop with more clarity on the dresses you’re more likely to fall in love with. And trust us when we say that alone will cut down hours of your time!
Other information you should be armed with when shopping? Your budget! What amount are you comfortable spending on your dress? The absolute worst scenario when wedding dress shopping is putting on a dress you fall in love with only to see the price tag and have your heart sink.
So before you step foot in those bridal shop doors, come up with a number you’re comfortable with and what you absolutely cannot cross over. It may hurt to do, but we promise you, there’s a perfect dress for you in your price range!
If you’ve ever watched “say yes to the dress” (or most wedding shows,) you know that many brides come with back up when they’re shopping! And if you’re able to as well, we highly recommend it!
Including your loved ones in this experience with you is not only a beautiful time for bonding and celebrating this special time in your life, but it’s also a great way of helping you make some hard decisions.
There will be dresses you’re not 100% sure about, dresses that feel great but not perfect, dresses you get emotional over, dresses that are too pricey, dresses that will be a pain during the reception, and well, you get the picture. While it may be hard for you to say no in the moment, having good backup to help you keep searching is irreplaceable.
And let’s not forget that the feeling of having someone there to celebrate you when you do find the perfect dress is unmatched.
So you’re armed with all your information, and you’ve coordinated schedules so that you’ve got back up to cheer you on and make the hard decisions. But before you start shopping, we’ve got our final piece of advice, and it may surprise you.
We’ve seen many dresses come walking down the aisle doing what we do. From mermaid to a-line, trumpet, and ball gown all the way over to a slip and even tea-length. We’ve seen it all.
And while they’ve ALL been beautiful, after speaking with our brides, we’ve always found that when it comes to finding that special dress, it often boils down to one universal truth…
The dress that’s best for you is the dress that you feel most empowered in.
More often than not, that will fall in line with your plan! It’ll be a dress that has your favorite silhouette, may be made by your favorite designer, or maybe one that shows off your body in a way that makes you feel stunning.
But sometimes…it may be a dress you never saw coming! A silhouette you didn’t expect to enjoy. A dress that took your breath away as soon as you walked in the door. Maybe a dress passed down through generations that holds special meaning.
Sometimes your perfect dress comes looking for you rather than the other way around. And in those instances, we want to prepare you to be ready to ditch the plan.
Be open to new designers. Be open to different styles and be open to what your heart may pull you to! Because at the end of the day, the perfect dress for you is the one that gives you butterflies when you first look in the mirror. The one that makes you feel like the most gorgeous woman on earth (because let’s not forget that you are)
It’s the dress that makes you feel celebrated.
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