Picking Out "The One"
Picking out a perfect suitor is one thing. He/She has to be charming, attractive and all things amazing. Seeing as how you are reading our blog, I am assuming that you already found your soulmate. "The One" I am referring to is one of the most important decisions you will make in the whole wedding planning process. I am talking about THE dress. The one article of clothing that, for one day, will define you as a bride. How did I come to find the one? Fortunately, I didn't have to try on hundreds of dresses to find my perfect dress. Some brides do though and it can be a painful and stressful process. I gathered some tips that I think will help our stressed out brides come to find the dress of their dreams.
Remember Who's Wedding It Is
One of the hardest parts in regards to wedding planning is feeling obligated to make other people happy. When you have a large bridal party or opinionated family members, the dress picking process can get really tricky. Try not to focus on everyone else's opinions when it comes to the style of your dress. Do you call up everyone before you go to work everyday to make sure they approve of your outfit for the day? I highly doubt it, so don't make this decision any different.
Online vs. In-Store
During my hunt for the perfect dress, I came across a gorgeous gown in a magazine: tulle, sparkles, beading...the works! It was so beautiful and I instantly thought that I found my dress. I considered buying it through the website, but since my parents were helping with the cost, my mom insisted I try it on in person before I make that kind of commitment. Luckily, I listened to her. I was able to find the dress at a local shop and the amount of disappointment I experienced cannot be justified through text. It was awful; not pretty, not poofy, and not nearly as sparkly as it should have been. The magazine went above and beyond to make this dress look amazing and because of that, I almost purchased a dress that wasn't for me. Do yourself a favor and make sure you try on the dresses in person! It won't be worth the stress if you buy a dress online that ends up not being the one for your big day.
To Try or Not to Try
Some brides go through one appointment trying on 50 dresses and end up leaving defeated. Let's be honest, trying on clothes in general is a lot of work, so when you start adding in the weight and heat of your average wedding dress, it can get pretty tiring. Trying on a ton of wedding dresses when you aren't sure what you want can be very frustrating. It is best to go to an appointment, select just a handful of dresses (that YOU want to try on) and go from there. If you leave without finding the one, no sweat! You can take photos and make notes about what you liked and didn't like about certain dresses for the next time that you go. It will help you narrow down the next selection of dresses you decide to try on.
How I Found "The One"
My mom and I went to a bridal expo in Phoenix and ended up leaving early due to the lack of booths. There is nothing worse than paying for a bridal expo with half of the booths being either teeth whitening or vacation packages. Anyways, we drove by a shop called Luv Bridal and thought it looked adorable, so we figured we better go in since we were hardly ever on that side of town. The girls that worked there were amazing and squeezed us in with an appointment within 10 minutes of walking in the door! The dresses were whimsical and had a fairy-tale vibe, so I was basically in love the moment I walked in. I tried on a few dresses and ended up finding one that I loved, but told the stylist and my mom that something just wasn't quite right. The stylist said that she thinks she might know a solution, so she ends up grabbing the same dress in a different color: Vintage Rose. The dress had everything I wanted and things I didn't even know I wanted. I remember standing on the pedestal and looking at my mom saying "I think this is it!" I knew in my gut that was the dress I wanted to walk down the aisle in. We ordered it that day and I never looked back. The best piece of advice I could give you when searching for your wedding dress is go with your gut! If it's not perfect, it's not the one. Don't settle for pretty. If something doesn't seem right, then move on to the next one. You will know when you find your dress. You will feel it!
Good luck to all the ladies out their searching for their dresses! It's a process, but it's worth ever step. Stay tuned for more blog posts on wedding tips and tricks from Next Chapter Films!