Prepare yourself and do your homework before making your way into all of those wedding gown boutiques. Of course you should be doing your homework and have some kind of idea in mind before you make your way into the heaps of lace, white and tulle – but more importantly have the essentials with you to make your experience stress-free with a flawless finish. Have everything you need with you before you start shopping, and begin with our list of must-haves!
The posse:We believe you should take loved ones with you when shopping, but don’t make it a spectator sport. No more than 2-3 people are necessary to make this experience a fun and stress-less time. You don’t need unwanted opinions, but rather those that you trust to help you figure out what suits you, your body and your vision.
A price point:Yes, bring a price point with you on your journey into the racks. You’ll regret trying on a dress that’s thousands of dollars outside your range when you fall in love with it. It’s important you only look at what you think you can handle.
Some ideas:Scour the Internet and bridal magazines for some tangible ideas to take to the salons with you. It’ll make finding what you want a bit easier and your consultant will have a clear image in mind on what your personal style is.
Strapless Bra: Even if you don’t want to wear it all day, make sure you have a strapless bra to help you try on some of the gowns. It’ll make the”end” vision and fit that much easier and more clear for you.
Nude Underwear: We suggest you nix the thongs and pretty panties and come in comfortable, nude underwear. You don’t want to be bare-bottomed in front of the bridal consultant helping you get in and out of dresses and you don’t want black or printed panties distracted from all the gorgeous whites and creams that you’ll be dawning.
Any Accessories:If you by chance already have the veil you’ll be wearing on the day of or the shoes, maybe you’re wearing your mother’s, go ahead and bring them along too. If you find a dress worthy enough, you may want to try on the entire ensemble together.
A hair clip or pony holder:Whether you want to see what your hair looks like up with your dress or you just need to get your hair out of your face (trust us, wedding gown shopping can be quite the exercise), don’t forget these in your purse. You’ll thank us later.
A bottle of water & snacks: You’ll more than likely be spending a couple of hours at larger salons, so grab a granola bar and bottles of water for yourself and your friends. Again, that bottle of water will come in handy if you get a bit too hot in the dressing room.