Over the weekend I had my first experience trying on wedding dresses. While it was in no way like Say Yes to the Dress, I was able to say yes to a dress!
A few things I learned while shopping for my dress:
1. Size of the dress doesn’t matter: The store I went to had various sizes, from 8s to I believe 24s. I tried on various dresses in almost all these sizes. Wedding dresses are based on European sizes, so the numbers are off by a bit, in some cases a lot. Also, when you put on a dress, your consultant will be clipping you into any dress you put on. I’m talking I had 8 clips at some points!
2. Try every style once: I tried lace, roched, belted, trumpet, a-line, ball gown, and whatever else I liked. It is so hard to tell if you like a dress when it’s on a hanger. Go for a specific detail of a dress and try it. You never know!
3. Think of your venue when choosing: Realize your wedding venue plays a part in picking a dress. If you have a destination wedding, you’ll want something that won’t wrinkle. If it’s outside, pick something light and airy. If it’s a black tie affair go for sophisticated & grand.
4. You might not have a crying moment: I’ll be honest, I didn’t cry when I found “the dress.” Of course I was happy, but the whole idea of a wedding makes me really nervous. I was just glad I found a dress that fit me so well & looked classic!
5. If you don’t have bling, it can be added: I picked a dress with no bling, but I found a bling belt that I added to my dress. Just because there is no bling, doesn’t mean you can’t have it!
6. Remember your timeline: It takes months to get a dress ordered in your size. Mine won’t be ready until May. Don’t forget that if you have a wedding happening in a year or less, get your dress ASAP!
I hope this helps you with your future wedding dress shopping! Comment below with any other tips you may have!