By Paige Tapia of The Bridal Suite & Special Occasion
Hopefully you enjoyed part one of our Who, When, What, Why, Where and What Not to Wear Guide When Buying a Bridal Gown. In this part we talk about the Why, Where and What Not To Wear part of our wedding gown buying guide.
Why should I buy a wedding dress in the first place?
Because it’s YOUR WEDDING DAY! The happiest, most exciting, wonderful, thrilling day of your life thus far!
Would you wear jeans to prom? Would you wear a cocktail dress to a funeral? Appropriate clothing for the occasion. It does matter. When you look back at your wedding pictures in 30 years with your daughter and she asks you why you wore that awful dress that you now want her to wear, you will be wishing you chose your dress wisely.
And come on ladies! Sparkle a little! It’s okay! You have my permission! Heck you have society’s permission to be the star of the show – so go big!
Where to buy your wedding dress
In my store of course! Okay – you can shop wherever you want. However please do me a favor and shop at a reputable bridal shop with knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful consultants.
Please, whatever you do, consider not shopping on-line even if your bestie tells you it’s a good idea. Also, a discount race-to-the-finish dress sale or the $99 dress sale is a terrible idea. There’s a reason they are $99. Enough said…
And if that store is not friendly and does not care about their customer service, they do not care about you or your dress. Luckily most privately-owned bridal shops like The Bridal Suite & Special Occasion offer some kind of 50% down program to encourage you to shop and support local small business.
Word of advice – just because that dress looks pretty in Brides Magazine does not mean that dress is for you. You must try them on. Bridal and even special occasion dresses are not always pretty on the hanger. Just know that and trust your consultant. And as you already know, the dress will not look the same on you as they look on a 7’ tall, 105 lb. walking coat rack that has been airbrushed.
Thank you Meghan Trainor for reminding us!
Lastly, What Not to Wear
Stacy London and Clinton Kelly had it right all along! Throw away all of those old fashion ideas and old-fashioned hand-me-down dresses you’re thinking about settling for. Be brave on your wedding day and pick out a new dress for yourself. And please remember that it’s a wedding, ladies. It is not a barn raising or an all-nighter at the strip club! You can still be sassy yet classy, but do remember Grandma is watching! Oh and enough with the “I don’t want to stand out gobbly-gook.”
It’s your day to shine. Shine on! Rock on! Pick your mantra, but strive to look amazing!
The only exception to the new rule is if you are wearing a sentimental family heirloom. It can be a great way to show your love. Just don’t wear it just to please someone else and then leave your wedding feeling like you’ve missed out. And lastly, please let your best friend have her look. You can still go out and have wine together, but you don’t need to wear her dress just to save a few bucks or hurt feelings.
In the end, wedding dress shopping should be fun, easy and it is allowed to pick the first dress you try on. It happens ALL THE TIME. If you’re not enjoying the process, then you’re in the wrong store, trying on the wrong styles or with the wrong people. Do yourself the best favor of all – take only your biggest fans, the people that really love and care about you and have your best interest at heart. The rest of your bridal party can be involved by hot-gluing 50 centerpieces together for your tables. Happy Shopping!