The Ultimate Guide to a Fun, Productive Dress Shopping Experience

Dress shopping, along with shopping for a photographer, is usually one of the first things on the wedding planning timeline. It should DEFINITELY be one of the most *fun* parts of wedding planning, but TV shows or hearsay may have convinced you its going to be stressful. It doesn’t have to be! Without further ado, here is your 5-step ultimate guide to making your dress shopping experience totally fun and productive:


Bring who YOU want to bring. Everyone is different. If bringing your mom, all your aunts, and all 12 of your bridesmaids sounds like fun to you, then go for it! You know your crew and you know if more will truly be merrier. Or if that sounds overwhelming and you’d rather bring 2-3 friends, then do that. But remember – you are only obligated to invite those who you feel are going to be supportive, honest *when you ask for it* (and still with kindness), and who are going to bring good energy to the rest of the group. 


Go in with an open mind. Trust me when I say, let the bridal stylist do their job. They’re good at it. This is what they do! If they pick something that seems like a little bit of a wildcard, try it on anyways! Most likely, they’ve been analyzing your body shape this whole time and probably know what’s going to flatter you best. You can have all the Pinterest ideas in the world, but until you’re standing on that platform in front of those mirrors, you won’t really know what looks best on you.


Be mindful of your personal insecurities. There’s no shame in choosing a dress that covers an area you’re not super fond of! We all have things about our body we love, and hate. The trick is finding a dress that emphasizes the parts you love. For example, if you’re not a huge fan of your arms, consider a long sleeve dress. Or if your stomach area isn’t one you want a lot of attention on, a mermaid silhouette dress might not be the best option.


Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to have “the moment.” Truth be told, you may cry, you may not. I did! But don’t think that you’re any less beautiful or that your dress is any less “right” just because the waterworks didn’t come. I think sooo much unnecessary disappointment comes from expecting something to happen that wedding TV shows and movies have promised. When you find the dress, celebrate your way! Laugh, dance, spin, twerk, whatever. Do you. Celebrate you. Have your own moment your way!


Don’t be afraid to pick something bold. It’s easy to get too caught up in the “timelessness” aspect of the dress. But truly, who cares what it’s going to look like in 50 years? In the words of Hayley Paige, “When in doubt, go all out! Be YOU and have FUN!” 

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