I picked a wedding dress!! Hooray! So today, I’m going to take everything I learned about wedding dress shopping, and give you my best tips. But first, let’s chat about one of my favorite designers!
Justin Alexander! I was first introduced to this designer by Brides Magazine, and as you can see – it’s totally my style. But, I went into this wedding dress search convinced that I was getting either a Pronovias or La Sposa gown. After all – they are leaders in lace gowns. But after trying on gown after gown with them there was nothing that I loved. They are all gorgeous, don’t get me wrong, but it just wasn’t working for me.
Then, this past weekend I tried on a Justin Alexander dress. It was lace, lace, and more lace, and the curves of the gown were meant for my body. I was sold! (And so was the dress!) Now, it wasn’t the dress from the video – which I loved – but strapless just isn’t going to work for me. I’m not going to tell you which dress it is, but has everything I wanted – no strapless, lace and a long train. Seriously, you need to look through his dresses. Gorgeous! I’ll share my dress with you on the big day!
Now for the tips!
- Shopping on a weekend? Make your dress appointments 2 months in advance. Think I’m crazy? I made mine 1 month in advance and I was scrambling for times. If you want this to be a fun experience without racing from one dress location to another, make them early.
- Bring your cell phone charger. Since you have to order your dress 8-10 months in advance, you probably aren’t going to spread out a bunch of shopping trips over several months, but instead have marathon days of shopping. Taking pictures of your gowns, texting your girlfriends, looking up gown designers and shop addresses – all these things drain your phone battery. Bring that charger!
- Wear neutral, covering underwear. You are going to have attendants helping you in and out of dresses. This is probably not the day to rock a thong – or bright pink undies (like I did. And you could see them under the dress.)
- Bring heels that are similar in height style to what you will wear on the big day. I forgot mine, and I was at the mercy of the size and style of what the store had – when they had anything. It will give you a better idea of how the gown will look and how it will be to walk in it.
- Don’t forget to schedule time to eat between appointments. Especially if you are bringing along Moms, or Grandma’s, they may not be on the same adrenaline high as you and will want some time to sit down and relax.
- There is no champagne. You know that image of the bride to be, her Mom and bridesmaids all sipping champagne waiting for dresses to be shown to them? It’s just in the movies. Sorry!
- Be as detailed as you can. Unless you have no idea what you want, or what looks good on you, try to know as many specifics of what you want as possible. Your appointments are only going to last 60-90 minutes (!!), so this will save you time when your attendant is searching for dress styles.
- Don’t be bullied. This was the case at only one salon I went to – but the attendant only brought me one dress that fit my description (they have 15 thousand dresses, I think they could have found more than one) and kept pressuring me to buy a dress that was way above my budget that I didn’t love. Don’t forget, attendants often work on commission and you have to trust your gut. Needless to say, I did not say “yes to the dress.”
- Order a dress that fits you now. Yes we all plan to lose weight before our wedding day. But if you don’t and you order something to small, you are screwed. You can always tailor the dress smaller, but it’s waayyyy harder to go bigger.
- Ignore the dress size. In real life I’m 5 feet tall, and wear between a size 2 and a 4 ( though lately more 4 than 2, blegh). The size dress I ordered? A 10. Don’t get hung up on the number – focus on how gorgeous you look in your gown!
And just in case you aren’t a lace girl like me, another one of my favorite dresses is totally sleek, elegant and chic – from Amsale! Check out the video below to see more of their modern style!