Shopping for your wedding dress can be one of the most special moments of your wedding planning process. But for anyone who has seen even one episode of “Say Yes to the Dress” they know that once the bridal party gets in an argument over which Lazaro wedding dresses they like best and the gloves are off, the day can be ruined for the bride. That is why you need to know the do’s and don’ts when it comes to shopping for your wedding dress, after all this shopping trip is about you, no one else. You need to be surrounded by people who are going to support you and who are going to keep the drama to a minimum. Here are some tips for your big wedding dress shopping day.
Do Plan Where You Are Going and Make an Appointment
You are making a day of this trip, and chances are you already know what stores or boutiques you want to visit, so do yourself a favor and make an appointment. Even if you check and see that the store does not require appointments, you should make one anyways because you do not want any other customers taking the attention away from you on a day that is supposed to be all about you. An appointment time will guarantee that you are helped as soon as you arrive, and there may be some other perks, depending on the store, if you make an appointment such as champagne.
Don’t Have an Entourage
Just because you have 10 bridesmaids doesn’t mean they all have to come dress shopping with you. Think of it this way: on your shopping trip do you want to spend your time trying on dresses you like or the ones your outspoken friends like? The more people in the room the more opinions overshadowing your own there will be. Even if you think your friends will be respectful that it is your decision and your taste that matters, the probably won’t and you will be surprised at how hard it is to ignore the 10 other opinions in the room. An ideal shopping party is comprised of you and just two other people—a mother and a sister or close friend.
Do Bring Things with You
You should have, by now some idea of what you are looking for. Make sure you bring the magazine cutouts or printed pictures of the different styles, lengths, necklines, and waistlines you liked with you to show the salesperson. This will help them to find something comparable within their own stock of dresses. Also, if you have items that you have already decided will be a part of your wedding, such as your veil, a headpiece, shoes, or a special heirloom or accessory bring those with you as well. If you find a dress you like you will want to be sure it goes well with the item(s) you have already decided on for your special day—because what good are Lazaro wedding dresses if they don’t match your grandmother’s pearls?
Just remember that this shopping trip needs to remain about you and your taste and finding your dress.
Avery Smith is a freelance writer and future bride-to-be who wants to offer some adivce