Another thing to keep in mind before you book your first appointment is to think about the overall theme or feel that you hope to accomplish for your day. Your dress should incorporate into that feel. It helps to have your venue booked or at least narrowed down so you can think about your venue while choosing gowns.
Finally before you attend your first bridal appointment you should decide who to bring with you to your appointment. I get asked this question all the time and it can be a tricky question! You should bring those people with you who you would want there when you make a decision – your mom, grandma, mother in law, sisters, maid of honour, etc. But only bring them if you believe they will be supportive and will allow your opinion to matter most. Now that you’re ready to book your first appointment, here’s what you need to know while shopping for your gown.
Three Things to Keep in Mind While Shopping For Your Gown
Stick to your budget – if you’ve determined a budget or a price point you want to stay in before coming to your bridal appointment then stick to it. Sometimes brides ask me if they can try on a gown outside their range “for fun”. This is so difficult because what happens if you fall in love with that gown & you can’t or don’t want to spend the money on it. You will compare everything else to that gown and it won’t make it easy on you. So my advice is and always will be only try something outside of your initial price range if you’re willing to go up to that amount. If the answer is no, skip the gown and stick to what is in the range you want to spend. It will be easier on both of us!
How will you know it’s the one – what if you don’t cry? What if your mom doesn’t cry? Guess what, it will still be okay and it might even still be YOUR gown. Wedding gown shopping is just like any other shopping or life experience – everyone is going to react differently. Some brides know right away. Some take longer. Some brides cry. Some brides don’t want to take it off. Some brides have to picture walking down the aisle and imagine getting married in the gown before they know. There’s no right way to react and there’s no wrong way. You want to love your gown & you want to feel amazing when you say yes to the dress, but remember that each & every bride’s experience is their own.