Congratulations! You’ve said “YES” to spending the rest of your life with the partner of your dreams; what a wonderful and exciting time this is in your life! Over the next few months, you have the fun task of being showered with love at parties and celebrations, as well as planning the most perfect day ever! Each decision you make in regards to your wedding will be done with much thought and attention to detail, and choosing your wedding dress just might be the decision you’re looking forward to the most.
At Bridals by Jodi, we want your shopping experience to be fun, easy, and successful; in order to help you out, we’ve prepared a list of Do’s and Don’ts based on our experiences.
Do make an appointment. You deserve a consultant’s undivided attention and the best way to ensure that is to schedule an appointment in advance. Want a more private appointment? Ask the store about scheduling an appointment before or after hours.
Don’t wait until the last minute to shop. An ordered dress takes anywhere from 4-6 months to come in, plus 1-2 months for alterations. If you want to take bridal portraits make sure you have enough time to schedule those as well. Start dress shopping 10-12 months before your wedding to make sure you’re not rushed.
Do make the appointment intimate and special. Bring the family members or friends whom you believe are important to be with when you find “the” dress (and with each appointment you make, assume you’ll find the dress.) Anywhere from 3-5 people like your mom, grandma, sister, or MOH, make for a great audience when you’re shopping. Too many people can be overwhelming and can result in too many opinions; you can always bring the rest of your bride tribe to a fitting.
Do come prepared to look stunning. Having your hair fixed and make-up complete can help you get an idea of how you’ll look on your wedding day when trying on dresses. Being able to quickly style your hair in an up-do with a veil can also help to create a completed look. Wear or bring nude undergarments and a strapless bra. Nothing takes away more from a dress then bra straps and bright underwear. We want you to see just how stunning you will look on your big day!
Do know your budget. Before coming to an appointment, have a good idea of how much you’re willing and able to spend on your dress as well as alterations (usually $250+). Don’t try on dresses that you won’t be able to afford because that can lead to heartbreak. Come to the appointment prepared to buy a dress if you find the one (again, make sure you’ve brought the people who you want there for that special moment.) At Bridals by Jodi, we offer a “day of” discount and we wouldn’t want you to miss out on that!
Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Try on dresses of every style, shape, and color so that you know exactly what you want and you’ve explored all of your options. You might go into an appointment thinking you don’t want a mermaid style dress, but then fall in love with it once you see how amazing you look.
Don’t let your venue dictate your dress style. Get the dress that you fall in love with and love yourself in! If the dress you love is trendy but your ceremony is traditional, it’s ok- you rock that dress girl! The only exception is that you don’t want to wear a more casual dress if you’ve planned a formal wedding.
Do love your body. Sure you might decide you want to tone up before the wedding, but get the dress based on the body you have now. It will look just as good on your wedding day whether or not you went to the gym in the time in-between.
Don’t take too many pictures. If you try on a dress and don’t like it, don’t take a picture in it. You don’t need to be looking through pictures and second guessing decisions about dresses you already did not like. Have a member of your bride tribe take pictures of you in the dresses that you like. Pictures can be very helpful in making your decision and visualizing how you’ll look.
Do remember that the consultant is Team Bride! Our main goal is to make sure you are happy. We will always have your best interest at heart and will run interference and be a voice for you no matter what! With that being said, let us be in the fitting room with you. As consultants, we know the best ways to put dresses on and we know how they should look once they’re on. Between dresses is also a great time for us to get to know you and your story. Don’t worry, we can turn around and give you privacy, but it is very helpful for us if we can be in the fitting room with you to help.
Don’t expect to cry. Not every bride cries when they try on the dress; most girls actually don’t cry at all. The biggest sign of finding the dress is not wanting to take it off.
Do have fun! This is a great time in your life and wedding dress shopping should add to the excitement and joy of the process!
We hope this list helps to make this process a little bit easier!
All of our love,
The ladies at Bridals by Jodi