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THE question was FINALLY asked and you said “Yes! Of course, I will marry you!”
You’re now on the fast track to matrimony, marriage, the ultimate journey in life with another person. It’s a big deal, right? What to do first? Buy a dress, book a venue, find a photographer? The list goes on.
However, one of the easiest and most fun parts of the process is finding your wedding dress. At least it will be if you follow these four simple steps to bridal gown bliss.
Step 1: What’s your vision?
Sit in a quiet space. No, do not pull out your phone and log on to Pinterest. Sit and relax, close your eyes and picture yourself on your wedding day, walking down the aisle toward the love of your life. What do you look like? Are you a hippy Bo-ho chic bride? Are you a classic bride in a lovely ball gown? Are you an elegant bride in a flowing A-line gown? No, you should not be wearing yoga pants. Sorry ladies. But there are now wedding dresses that almost as comfortable as yoga pants. Jersey knit lined gown? Yes please!
Step 2: Research and take notes!
Now log on to Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, The Knot, etc., and gather inspiration. Realizing that those beautiful pictures you see are most likely styled shoots by professional photographers and wedding professionals that are highlighting the best of the best, the most expensive and couture gowns of them all. Simply look at the details and jot down a few ideas that match your initial day-dreamy vision from Step 1.
Step 3: Talk about budget with your loved ones.
Discuss your dress and alterations budget with your soon to be spouse, your parents or your bank account. Once you have a budget,
then you can start scheduling your dress appointments. Keeping in mind that the average bridal gown in the U.S. sells for $1300 – $1400.
Step 4 – the Final Step: Schedule your appointments and start trying on!
Schedule two or three bridal appointments MAX. Do your research before scheduling appointments at every bridal
shop in town, or in the state for that matter. Please do not dress shop until you are ready to buy. Do not waste the precious months of your engagement obsessing about finding a gown and dragging your friends and family around with you. They will be more apt to spend their evenings hot gluing your center pieces together if you do not exhaust them during the dress buying process.
Being armed with a realistic budget and purposeful intent of finding your dream gown will make your appointments easier, fun and stress free. You really do not need to go to every shop on the planet, or in town for that matter. Simply find a bridal salon that has a good reputation, good reviews, positive word of mouth from other brides and that is close enough that they will support you through the wedding planning process.
There is nothing better than knowing your bridal stylist has your back from the time you find your dream dress to wedding day. After all, it does take a village to plan and execute a wedding. Remember that your stylist can help you with suits, moms, bridesmaids, flower girls, etc. They are on your team. At least they should be. If not, find one that wants to be!
It really is that simple.
Side Bar Rant: Listen – bridal gowns are all bought at bridal markets by your local dress purveyor. The buyers go from booth to booth and buy dresses from designers that meet their average brides’ budget and are hopefully what their brides in their area are looking for in style and fabrics. After a few hours in a hot convention center, they all start to look very similar. Of course there are obvious standouts for style, quality and customer service. However as bridal buyers, we eventually move on and commit too. Trust me, after 10 bridal appointments and you’ve tried on every dress in every store, you are going to feel the same way too. Not to mention exhausted, frustrated and just ready to buy a dress and get it over with. What happens when you do this? You buy the last dress you try on and it ends up not being a dream dress, but a means to an end. End rant.
Hopefully these four simple steps and extra shopping tips have clarified the ultimate “what do I wear to my wedding” question. And finally, if you have questions before you shop, call the bridal salons and ask questions. They are not allowed to quote specific prices for gowns over the phone per designer restrictions, but they can give you a price range of the gowns in their store. If they do not want to answer your questions, then do not shop there. Move on to a store that has your best interest in mind. You will be glad you did! Happy shopping!
The Bridal Suite & Special Occasion