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What To Know Before You Go—Dress Shopping

Posted on September 26 by Allison Dupree

The love of  your life asked you to marry them and after many tears and smiles you said “YES!!”

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Kimberly’s Gown

You’ve set a date, picked a venue and now it’s time for a dress. Chances are the last time you went formal dress shopping was either for prom or another wedding, but nothing is like shopping for a bridal gown. Whether you’ve been dreaming about this dress since you were 10 or haven’t even considered what you want your wedding dress to look like, this can be an overwhelming appointment.

To make sure you have the best first time wedding dress shopping experience, we’ve put together some tips and tricks for that first day. But remember, you’re in the best hands with your bridal salon employees. Oh, and don’t forget to have fun!

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Jillian’s Gown

What to do beforehand:

  • EAT
  • Research price point and styles or designers you think you’re interested in
  • Consider your venue/wedding theme- if you’re having a beach ceremony, a huge ballgown might not be the right dress for you

What to bring:

  • An honest group of people that will express their opinions but also be conscious of your feelings/opinions, stick close to 4-5 and ask your salon if there’s a limit for how many people to bring
  • Water- most will probably provide some if you ask, but it never hurts to have your own
  • Shoes similar to what you think you might wear on the big day
  • Strapless bra- although most of the girls in our group say you will likely end up braless
  • Hair tie- you will probably have your hair end up in a messy bun by the end of the appointment
  • An open mind- the consultant knows dresses like the back of their hand. Let them recommend styles you might not have ever considered

What to do at the salon:

  • Dance
  • Sit
  • Hug
  • Take photos- try to at least get the designer so you can reference it back later

After your appointment:

  • Write down pros, cons, feelings, etc. about each dress you tried on
  • Talk to your entourage about their opinions and feelings on the dress
  • Sleep on it, and write down your feelings again in the morning

There are SO many amazing gowns out there that are just waiting for you. Don’t get flustered if you can’t find a gown instantly, or don’t cry like all of the movies/shows portray. We can’t wait to see how beautiful you look on your wedding day!

Ready to make an appointment? Check out some of our favorite salons HERE !

Top photo from Melissa and Greg’s wedding at the Palace

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