Engaged, now what!? Dress Shopping Tips

Girl, did you just get engaged? Let us see your ring. It’s fabulous! Now, what are you going to wear on your wedding day? Not sure yet? Going wedding dress shopping this weekend, you say?

bride: Caroline | photographer: Magnolia Photography


Well, don’t head out without reading our tips to make the whole experience as stress-free, fun and effective as possible:

Wear undergarments that don’t embarrass you.
Seriously. At most bridal boutiques, a lovely salesperson will be helping you into each and every gown. Which means you’ll be in your drawers with someone you just met. This may sound awkward, but, believe us, it’s not that bad. Bridal shop girls have the giving-you-space-while-being-in-your-space thing down. After the first dress you try on, you’ll totally forget you’re half-naked. We promise.

Throw your hair in a bun.
You know how you wear the right jeans when you’re shopping for a sweater so you can get a feel for how things will look? A similar methodology applies to bridal gowns. It’s hard to picture yourself on your wedding day if your hair is post-gym or late-stage hangover chic. So, put your hair up (or brush it) and apply mascara (if you wear it). You’ll feel just a little cuter, which goes a long way towards liking what you see in the mirror

bride: Hillary | photographer: Abby Elizabeth Photography


For the love of all that’s holy, please don’t bring everyone you know.
Wedding dress shopping is about what YOU want. The thing is, each and every friend or family member has their own opinion on what you should look like. This may (or may not) vibe with yours. Several different people nitpicking a look you love is a bummer, so avoid it by bringing along one to three special people who can offer praise and constructive criticism when appropriate.

Be open-minded.
If we had a dollar for every time a bride-to-be fell for a gown style she NEVER thought she’d wear, we’d be richer than Croesus. If your shop’s stylist suggests a lace mermaid gown and you pictured yourself in something else entirely, eh, give it a try. What have you got to lose? Also, by and large bridal boutique salespeople know their shop’s gown collection and very quickly develop a preternatural sense for what a bride will love.

Careful with those pictures.
Because they do lie. We’re not saying taking pictures isn’t awesome and helpful, but they are an unreliable source of information. So many things factor in – lighting, angle, how you are standing. The best way to determine if a gown is for you is to listen to your heart, pay close attention to how you feel in the dress, and take a long look in the mirror.

Engaged, now what!? Dress Shopping Tips
January 20, 2016 | Category: backstage | Tags:

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