For recently engaged brides, the wedding dress is one of the first steps of planning your wedding: after you set your venue, the dress is one of the major indicators of what your big day will look like. Choosing the right one that suits your personal style and makes you feel confident and beautiful is important. We do a lot behind the scenes prior to your appointment to ensure you get a flawless experience from our staff, but there are a few things you should know as well to prepare for your appointment before you come in so that you find exactly what you’re looking for.
Set Your Budget
Before coming to your appointment, have a budget prepared for your wedding dress. This helps narrow down your choices, and keeps you from trying on a dress and falling in love with a gown you can’t afford. Your stylist will know your budget and never pull dresses you can’t afford, so you don’t have to worry about money during your appointment.
Get Ready For Your Appointment
There are two things we always recommend brides do: wear makeup to your appointment, and wear any undergarments you plan on wearing for your wedding day. We recommend undergarments (think strapless bra, Spanx, etc.) so that you have a better idea of the dress’s fit. Makeup is optional, but it’s much easier to picture yourself in a wedding dress when you’re more put together. The difference between a little mascara and a messy bun could be the difference between a yes and a no for a dress!
While it’s perfectly fine to come into the boutique with no idea what kind of dress you want, coming in with a general idea of what you may or may not like helps the appointment run smoother. Get on Pinterest or check out a few bridal magazines and take note of what you like: do you prefer embellished or simple? One silhouette over another? You may even try them on and realize you want to change your mind, but it’s a great idea to be prepared.
Bringing a few trusted opinions to your bridal appointment is a great idea! Having someone to confirm your choices, help you make such a big decision, and share in your joy when you find the right dress. While you should absolutely bring guests, keep in mind that it’s best to limit your guests to a few—too many opinions can be overwhelming, and at the end of the day, it’s your decision and your wedding dress.