At Malmrose Bridal, we want all of our brides to come in excited to find their dream dress, but we understand that shopping for wedding gowns can be a little overwhelming. Here are a few tips that will help you make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience:
Do A Little Research...
Flip through bridal magazines, go on Pinterest, and check out bridal boutiques’ photo galleries. What kind of dresses do you like best? Modest? Sexy? Chic? Also, keep your wedding’s location in mind. A ceremony on the beach calls for different fabrics and styles than one in a candlelit cathedral.
...But Keep an Open Mind!
Brides who fall in love with a dress they found online are often disappointed when they try it on. Meanwhile, a gown that doesn’t draw your attention right away may just be “The One.” Try on dresses that are a little out of the box, rather than chasing the latest fashion trends.
Find the Perfect Bridal Salon
When it’s finally time to gather your loved ones and start trying on wedding gowns, you deserve better than one disinterested employee and a rack of crumpled dresses. Choose a bridal salon that offers a full bridal experience, with a large selection of gowns, a personal consultant, and a cozy atmosphere.
Focus on the Fit, Not the Number
Wedding dresses run two to three sizes higher than a dress you would find in a store. Choose a gown that fits you comfortably during all stages of the wedding, from your graceful walk down the aisle to shimmying on the dance floor. Even if you are hoping to lose a couple of pounds before your Big Day, it’s better to have a dress that runs a little big and can be taken in.
Set a Budget (Before You Fall in Love)
Don’t feel heartbroken when you find the right dress only to find out that it’s the wrong price. Before you try on your first gown, talk about who will be buying the dress and what is a comfortable budget. Additionally, be ready for costs that go beyond the initial price tag, such as tax, shipping, and alterations.
Choose a Dress that You Adore
Your mother, maid of honor, and best friend aren’t walking down the aisle, so don’t let their preferences stop you from picking a dress that you feel amazing in. If an opinionated entourage has shaken your confidence in “The One,” then try on a veil. Can you picture yourself walking down the aisle? If the answer is “yes,” then you have found your perfect wedding dress!
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In that magical place in the back of a Brides mind, she has an image of who will see her walk out in that perfect gown. One person will gasp... Another will tear up... "This is the one!!!!" says another. Ten other people are cheering you on as you dazzle the room.
Please allow me to be honest about this vision. It is beautiful!! I wish this was how it usually played out.. If I can be so bold as to hopefully help you prevent this scenario. This is more like what I have witnessed on many many occasions.
The bride has a large audience. It has taken over most of the store. It's a bit tight everywhere they go. They have planned an entire day of Bridal Shop hopping where she will try on over 30 gowns. By her last stop she is drained and overwhelmed. Even gowns that she thought she loved have started to blend together and now she can't quite remember them. Even in the pictures she took.. which one did she like the most?? She is in the changing room with her bridal consult getting into a gown that she is loving!! Excited, she steps out not making it obvious that this is her favorite. The comments start. One person says they don't like it. Another loves it! Another comments about the way it fits. Another on the color vrs the dress she tried on three dresses ago because she liked that one better. More often than not, having this many people creates an atmosphere that she no longer feels like she is in control of her own dream dress, and at that moment she decides not to get her perfect dress because the comments made about it were unforgettable. Was there anything wrong with this gown?? No. Even the comments made seemed innocent to those saying them, but now deflated she still doesn't have a gown after a full day of shopping.
A sad story, but true. Not every scenario will play out exactly like that, but I have seen so many to that degree. We are often asked why we request 3 or less people in your group. This is the biggest reason. Of course we don't want anybody to feel left out, but the bride is absolutely the person and who's opinion matters the most. Your dress should embody your most perfect version of yourself in YOUR eyes. Your gown should make YOU feel the most beautiful you have ever felt. Not any other person's opinion matters if that is how you feel.
I'll add to this that there may be occasions where you just can't leave anybody out. We do understand. For that reason we offer our After Hours Bridal Suite so your group won't be competing with any others for space. This creates a lighter atmosphere and one on one attention for a better experience when you have a big party.
Welcome to the bridal box!