They say that moment you try on “the” dress, you just know. It’s a magical feeling that can elicit tears or cheers of joy (depending on how long it took you to find it!). This is about more than just looking good; it’s about the gown that makes you feel the most beautiful you’ve ever felt during the one special time all eyes are on you- the moment your husband-to-be first lays his eyes on you as his bride.
There are a lot more “I Do’s” than “I Don’ts” when finding your wedding gown. After you read the one hard-and-fast “I Don’t,” enjoy discovering all the wonderful things you should do when picking the perfect gown for your perfect day!
I DON’T for Purchasing Your Wedding Gown
- Don’t bring everyone you’ve ever met dress shopping with you. Though it is an exciting moment, you’ll get too much feedback (and end up with too many opinions, leaving you more confused about what you want!). Bring a few trusted advisers – your mom, your aunt, your sister – and keep your squad small. Things can get overwhelming when you bring a whole entourage to a small wedding boutique – or even a large one for that matter! If you want to include numerous people in the process, go once with a minimal group, narrow down your selection, and have others join you as you make the final choices (or bring them with you to the fitting or veil shopping after deciding on the gown). It’s important to stay true to the bride inside and not to fall in love with a dress just because everyone says you look great in it (oh, what a problem to have!). It has to be the dress that makes you feel like a million dollars inside and out, no matter what the audience says!
I DO’s for Purchasing Your Wedding Gown
- Take note of the dress ordering timeline. Many brides aren’t aware that dresses take six to eight months to order and that they then need to be fitted, altered and bustled by a seamstress. Begin early (but not so early that you second guess your choice) to avoid rushing – it can get very costly in stress and fees!
- Consider wearing two dresses: a ceremony gown and a party dress. More and more brides are having fun with the “wedding dress concept,” wearing a traditional gown like the Heloise gown from the newest collection of my Mon Cheri Bridals line for the ceremony and then changing into something fun, sassier and more comfortable like my Azure gown (and appropriate for dancing all night in) at the reception. If you don’t want to spend extra money on a second dress but love the idea, opt for a two-in-one gown like the Skylar gown I designed – one of my new favorites! It’s a three-piece set with a detachable jewel encrusted belt and overskirt, giving two different looks for the price of just one! Changing up your fashion also means a whole new look: new shoes, new jewelry, even a change in hairstyle (and I have a feeling more ladies won’t say no to more fun with fashion). When switching up your bridal attire, don’t be afraid to have fun by adding pops of color in your jewelry, shoes or even a great statement hairpiece!
- Familiarize yourself with general dress terms beforehand so that you can tell the bridal consultant what you want in a clear and concise way, using terminology she’s privy to.
Check out my newest Mon Cheri Bridals collection here and make an appointment to them in person at a bridal boutique near you! And to finish off your wedding day look, check out my David Tutera Embellish jewelry collection.