Thursday, April 17, 2014

10 Tips on finding The One: Wedding Gown

Oh, wedding dresses. They come in so many different styles, fabric, and even colors. 

How in the world can you possibly choose THE ONE?!? 
If you just got engaged and started browsing online at all the different types of dresses, you probably feel a bit overwhelmed and also excited. You might have tons of dresses saved because you like them all, you may know exactly what you want, or maybe you can't find any that you like and feel like you will never find one. Take a deep breath. It's all going to be okay. 

Finding YOUR dress is a very exciting and emotional experience. But it can be a bit overwhelming. Especially if you just dive right into things without having a plan. Yes, dress shopping requires a small plan just so you can have the best experience. Since everyone is different. Every bride is different and will experience dress shopping differently. For me, dress shopping started the day after I got engaged...two years ago. I thought I liked a certain style of dresses but turns out two years later I found a dress different than what I thought I liked. But it is perfect. I'm so glad I didn't buy a dress until now. I won't share anything about my dress on here just because only a select few know what it looks like. And I'm not giving that away. For me my dress is very important so you all will have to wait til after we are married to see it :) 

I decided to talk about the wedding dress because it is very important but it can also be overwhelmed. I can say from experience that I did get overwhelmed and I even had a plan. The day I went I wanted my mom and Caleb's mom there, his older and younger sister, and my sister.  From the start my consultant was so amazing. She called me up a few days before my appointment to talk about the kinds of dresses I had in mind, and to email her dresses that I wanted to try. But I could only email her five or six. I was like what?! I probably had about 15-20 saved! So I narrowed it down. And the day of my appointment she already had all of the dresses pulled and ready. With each dress I tried on she told me to rate it either number 1, 2, or 3. I have never had anyone put them in a ranking but honestly, that was the best idea. I probably tried on about 10 or so dresses. My appointment went on for about 2 or 3 hours...I don't really remember. But before I knew it I had narrowed it down to three dresses. Then down to two. Then one. I chose a dress, but a couple weeks later I started to second guess myself and I had to make sure I was making the right decision. I went back with just my mom and decided. I won't say if I went with the original one, or the other. But I just had to be sure I was making the right choice. I love my dress and I can't wait to reveal it! 

So from my experience I have some tips on finding The One. When it comes to the wedding dress of course! 

  1. Find your style: Figure out what looks best on you and what fits your personality. Don't always follow what's in style right now. Because styles are always changing. Find what reflects you and it'll never go out of style. 
  2. Your shopping buddies: Bring who you want. Just be sure to keep the number down. More people means more opinions and it can be overwhelming for you and even your consultant. 
  3. Budget: Make sure you know what you want to spend. And don't try on anything that is more than you can comfortably afford. 
  4. Trust your instincts: If someone wants you to try something on but you don't like it. Speak up. It's YOUR day and YOUR dress. You have the final say. This also applies to when everyone says they love a dress but you just can't say you do. Don't be afraid to say no and move on to another. You know it's your dress when you say can you love it. 
  5. Keep it simple: With every dress you try on. Rate it. If it doesn't fit in the top three. Then it's a no. Once you tried on about 10 dresses. Stop and re try on your top three and go from there. It keeps things from getting to confusing. 
  6. Choices: If you are set on a style of dress, at least try a different style on so you know that it's what you like best.
  7. You don't have to say yes, right away: Deciding on your gown can be hard. If you need to sleep on it. Then sleep on it. Don't let anyone pressure you into deciding that same day. 
  8. Wear Makeup: And do your hair nice. You want to feel good about yourself when trying on dresses. 
  9. Undergarments: Wear white or nude boy shorts or bikini styles. And a strapless nude or white bra. You may be seen in them so don't let your goods show to much. That means NO THONGS! 
  10. Pictures: Take pictures of every single dress from different angles. This will help you get a feel for what you'll look like on camera. *Some bridal stores might not allow cameras so ask first. 

There is so many tips out there and I encourage you to research them and have an idea what you want. 
Just remember, when you find your dress you won't want to take it off and it'll make your heart flutter. 
Have fun searching for your wedding gown! 


My bridal store: J&B Bridals
Images from: Maggie Soterro and J&B
Also, the images above are to show different styles. My dress isn't one of those above posted.