Shopping for your wedding dress should be an amazing experience! Just think about it; you, joined by your closest friends, trying on one gorgeous dress after another, imagining yourself walking down the aisle toward the love of your life while wearing each one. You end up leaving the store beaming with pride and excitement, while your mom is still recovering from seeing you in a wedding gown for the first time. Sounds great, right?
Well it can be, provided you don’t make one of these six bridal dress blunders:
1.) Bringing way too many people. Choosing the entourage of close friends and family that accompanies you to the store can be a very delicate process. You don’t want to bring too many people (too many opinions make for a confusing and frustrating appointment) and you don’t want to leave anyone out.
In general, try to stick to a group of under five people, and keep it to only the closest of your family or friends, like your parents, sister, and Maid of Honor, for example. Also, leave the kids at home. A wedding dress shop (a place full of expensive, white fabric) is not the place for a child.
2.) Trying on too many dresses. To be honest, you are probably going to look good in a number of things, so trying on too many dresses is sure to confuse you. Come to the store with an idea of what you want and some details of your wedding that you have already planned out (location, season, mood you’re going for, etc.) and let the consultant help you. When you find one you absolutely love, stop!
3.) Trying on dresses outside your price range. If you can only afford to spend $1,000 on a dress, don’t try on the dress in the window that’s $15,000. Trust me, it’s $15,000 for a reason, and no $1,000 dress is ever going to be able to compare to it.
4.) Forgetting to account for additional dress costs. The price on the tag is not the total price for the wedding dress. You have to account for various undergarments, alterations and any delivery or holding fees the store may have.
5.) Not trusting the consultant. The consultant who is helping you find your wedding dress has done this already, probably hundreds of times (if not more) with other women. You don’t really think you’re the first person they’ve ever helped that’s looking for a romantic, lace, mermaid cut gown, do you? No, you aren’t, and you need to let them do their job.
6.) Being pressured by prices. This is not only a very big purchase financially, but it’s also a big purchase emotionally. Don’t let crazy deals and prices make you buy something that you don’t absolutely love.
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