What to consider when choosing your wedding dress
The time is here!
You’re about to embark on the extraordinary journey of choosing your wedding dress. The dress your mother will help fasten you into, and well up with tears. The dress that your bridesmaids will cheer over. The dress you’ll put on and will bring tears to your dads eyes as he walks you down the aisle. The dress you will marry your soul mate in. The dress your grandchildren will ask you to pull out and show them.
Yeah, you know the one; your wedding dress.
Today, we’re diving into what you need to keep in mind as you begin your hunt for a gown that screams you!
TIMING IS KEY
A question that often arises is, “when should I actually get my dress?”. Six to eight months is the ideal time between saying yes to your dress and getting in it for your big day! Anticipate two to three fittings from when you land on your dream gown and when you get to take it home. Oh, and be sure to bring your shoes, and any and all jewelry options to your fittings, you want your dress to be the perfect length and have all of your accessories ready for wear on your big day. You should have your wedding duds in your hands, no later than one week before you say your I dos!
SET A BUDGET, & STICK TO IT!
I used to watch Say Yes to the Dress and scream at the screen when a bride would try on one that was outside of her budget, and say, “I just want to trryyy”. Please, please do not try on a dress that is outside of your budget. Why? Because you’ll love it. The concept that you can’t have it will only make you want it more. It is self sabotage. Unless you want to leave the boutique empty handed and upset, don’t try on anything outside of your budget.
When shopping for your wedding dress consider it as a part of the big picture. Each wedding has a feeling or theme, we want your dress to add to that and not detract from the overall vibe of your big day. Having a beach wedding, think something minimal that flows nicely. An eclectic wedding more your stye? Go with lace or a vintage inspired gown. Modern weddings have you feeling like the heart eye emoji? Try on something sleek and out of the box!
KEEP AN OPEN MIND
My personal wedding dress experience started with me obsessing on Pinterest, deciding I wanted a sweetheart neckline, a-line dress. I left with basically the opposite; a straight across, fitted, embellished gown with a dramatic train. Let yourself try on different styles and don’t be surprised if you fall in love with a style that you weren’t anticipating!
BE UNAPOLOGETICALLY YOU
Ask your support team to hold back on ooh-ing, hmm-ing, or happy-crying until they’ve heard your thoughts to a dress. This is a big day about looking your best, and ultimately, feeling your best! Ultimately, this will be worn by you and should be chosen by you! If you are wanting permission to go the nontraditional route, this is it! Whether you’re into tea length, asymmetrical, appliqué covered, or dramatic, there is most certainly a dress (or jumpsuit, um, hello look at this beauty) out there for you!
GIVE A TWIRL
Alright, you’ve worn the appropriate undergarments, gathered your tribe and you’re wearing a dress that could very well be, the one! What’s next? Dance. No, seriously! Dance in it, walk around the salon, and (a personal favorite) grab a seat while wearing it. Consider the activities of your big day and make sure that you’re not only looking your best, but feeling comfortable too. I tell my brides the same thing about their wedding shoes, wear them when vacuuming around the house, or just hanging out at home. A blister is just bothersome enough, be sure that you’re feet are accustomed and ready for a full day in them!
DON’T BE AFRAID TO SPEAK UP
Getting your dress altered can be an overwhelming process, but it doesn’t have to be. Let them know your clear expectations, and if you see pinning that you are confused about, questioning or disliking, say something! You want to be able to wear your dress that you hand selected, and a bad tailoring job can have you without one and scrambling to find one the day before your wedding (true story, I have witnessed this!).
Wedding planning can be a lot of things, but at the end of the day it is a celebration of you, your soulmate and your love! Take a few deep breaths, and you know when people say, “enjoy this, because it flies by”? Yeah, that’s true. Like, really true! Take some time to linger in the mirror a little longer, try on your dress just for fun, and enjoy this beautiful time of being engaged!