Are you planning to wear a bridal gown during your wedding ceremony? If so, it’s important that you start thinking about what you want as early as possible.
There are many things to consider when choosing a bridal gown, such as style, color, and fabric.
To make the process of dress shopping easier, we’ve put together a list of five things you should do before your first appointment with a bridal gown designer or retailer.
1. Decide What You Want
First and foremost, it’s important to have a clear vision of what you’re looking for in a dress. Do some research beforehand, decide on a general style or silhouette, and bring along any inspiration you may have saved. Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts with the bridal consultant—they can help make your dreams for your wedding day come true!
2. Measure Yourself
Take the time to measure yourself (with the help of a friend or family member if necessary) according to bridal gown sizes—bust, waist, and hips. Bridal gowns tend to run smaller than your everyday clothing, so make sure to consider that when determining your size. Don’t be afraid to try on a few different sizes at your appointment—you never know what may fit differently on a dress form than on your own body.
3. Make a List of Bridal Gown Shops Near You
Before you go to your first appointment, make a list of all the bridal boutiques or department stores near you that carry gowns. Don’t forget to check online, as many places have virtual appointments available. Once you have a list, narrow it down based on budget and style preferences. Are you looking for a designer gown, or do you prefer something more affordable? Do you want something traditional or more unique? When you have a clear idea of what shops align with your aesthetic preferences and budget, your appointment will be much smoother and less overwhelming.
4. Schedule Your Appointments
Many salons require appointments to try on gowns, and it’s important to give yourself enough time to try on a variety of styles. Scheduling an appointment will ensure the salon has enough time to pull gowns for you to try on. It will also allow you enough time to make an informed decision about the dress of your dreams. Don’t forget to call ahead and ask if there are any requirements or guidelines for trying on dresses at the particular salon you’re visiting. Once you’ve scheduled all your appointments, sit back, relax, and get ready for the exciting experience of finding the perfect dress!
5. Assemble Your Entourage
Before heading out on your gown-hunting excursion, gather your entourage—your mom, future mother-in-law, sisters, best friends—anyone whose opinion you value and trust. It can be overwhelming to navigate all the options out there by yourself. But with a team by your side offering their honest opinions, you’re sure to find the gown of your dreams. Plus, what could be more fun than trying on beautiful dresses with your favorite people? So round up your crew and get ready for an exciting time of finding your dream dress.
Now that you know what to do before your first bridal gown appointment, it’s time to get excited! This is a thrilling time in your life, and once you start dress shopping, you’re well on your way to becoming a beautiful bride.