Selecting your wedding dress is one of the most memorable and important shopping trips you will ever make, so we’ve compiled five easy tips to help make your first bridal appointment successful and stress-free.
Schedule only one appointment for your first day of bridal shopping. Shopping for your wedding dress can be overwhelming, so focusing on a single appointment will allow you to relax and fully enjoy your bridal fitting experience. Most appointments take from one to three hours, so be on top of your bridal shopping game by arriving well-rested and hydrated. We hope that you will visit The Gilded Gown for your first fitting if we are in driving range for you. Please call us at 865-329-4905 to schedule your appointment. If not, find an indie bridal boutique in your area with this handy zip code locator so you can experience the exceptional individualized service local stores offer. It is a good policy to always call the salon to schedule your fitting so that they will have a room and stylist available to help you. Weekends are usually super-busy, and fun, if you want to be around lots of fellow brides and enjoy the excitement in the air. If you would like a calmer experience plan to go during the week, say a Tuesday or Wednesday morning.
To prepare for you visit, take some time to consider what style gown you want. Close your eyes for a moment and imagine yourself on your happy day, walking down the aisle to marry your soulmate…how do you see yourself…what are you wearing in your mind’s eye? Is it a magical princess ball gown, a sleek and sophisticated satin dress, a flowy chiffon number or a vintage-inspired lace dress? Drawing a blank? Check Pinterest and bridal mags for inspiration, then bring your favorite looks in to the bridal boutique. Showing your consultant what you have in mind will help your bridal stylist pull styles for you. Also think about the kind of wedding you are planning. Any details you share about your wedding venue and theme will also enable your consultant to find the perfect dress for you. Also decide on your bridal gown and accessory budget. This will help you and your stylist find the best look without breaking the bank.
Remember to keep an open mind. Try on several different silhouettes, including A-line, Trumpet, and Sheath gowns. Since you are just starting your search it won’t hurt to try a few gowns that aren’t typically your style or aren’t exactly what you have in mind. You might just be surprised! Tap into your bridal stylists’ knowledge and experience, they can be a fantastic resource for you!
Don’t be alarmed at the sizes! Most bridal designers run 2-3 sizes SMALLER than your regular everyday clothing. What are the manufacturers thinking, right? Who on earth wants to go up three sizes when they are wedding dress shopping. Remember they run super-duper small, so please don’t worry about the number on the tags. Size is a four letter word and nothing more. At The Gilded Gown, we have tagged our gowns with the size they actually fit like. Our tags say “fits like size __” so that our brides are able to pull gowns that are the same as their everyday clothing, no matter how the designer has sized them. We found this genius system helps our brides and our stylists and saves lots of time, too!
Have fun. Enjoying your quest for the dress can set the tone for the entire wedding and provide a joyful memory for the rest of your life. Independent bridal boutiques provide the perfect atmosphere for a happy shopping experience with individualized service, fabulous bridal gown selections and caring consultants.
Some other helpful tips:
- Wear nude undergarments
- Don’t bring too many people, as that just makes things confusing and hectic
- But, be certain to bring the person who will be paying
- Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find THE dress right away, we promise your dress is out there!
- Don’t be afraid to go ahead and purchase if you find THE dress, even if it is the first one you try