-Hey Future Mrs!-
Time & time again we have brides feeling clueless on what to expect for their first bridal appointment, which definitely can cause some unnecessary wedding stress! So this week we decided to give you the 411 on what to expect for your first bridal appointment! Don't be scared, by the end of this you'll be a bridal appointment expert!
1. Come in with an open mind
If we had a dollar for every time a bride came in looking for one style of a gown & fell in love with the total opposite, lets just say we would be giving out wedding gowns for free! Go outside your comfort zone & try all silhouettes, the worst you can say is no! We promise it will make you feel better knowing you tried it & didn't like it instead of always wondering.
2. You'll be best friends with your stylist by the end of your appointment
As bridal stylists' it's our job to adjust things to make sure the samples lay as realistic as possible, which sometimes means we will be in your personal bubble! Also be prepared to strip down to your bra & underwear, sometimes less! We've seen just about everything in the fitting rooms so anything you do or don't have is going to offend us! The most important thing is that you feel comfortable so make sure you communicate that with your stylist.
3. Your opinion matters the most
It's great to have your bride tribe & family's opinion of course BUT remember, you're the one who has to wear the gown. It would be terrible to look back & regret the decision you made! Just make sure you make the decision for yourself & no one else!
4. The search can be as easy or as hard as you make it
Some brides feel they need to go to 10 different bridal stores just to make sure they didn't miss anything! Going multiple places can be extremely overwhelming. Here's the thing, if you feel great in your gown, it has everything you asked for, & you don't want to take it off, chances are you've found your wedding gown!
5. Speak up!
If you don't like a dress, tell your stylist & try to communicate what it is you don't like about the gown! It makes it easier if we can work it out together instead of us just pulling the same gowns with the same details you don't like. As a stylist we tend to explain things or use terms that some brides don't understand, that's totally okay! Just ask & we can break it down for you!
6. Stay away from gowns outside your budget
A lot of the times we have brides ask to try gowns on that are drastically outside their budget. We are fine with putting you in the gown of course but the worst part about our job is seeing a heartbroken bride because she fell in love with a gown that she couldn't afford! If you are one of those brides who is willing to live on the wild side & go a little outside of the budget, don't worry! We have a consignment store called LUXEredux that you can definitely make back some of that extra cash you weren't planning on spending!
7. Bridal sizing stinks
Once we've taken your measurements & explain sizing to you, don't get caught up on the number! Bridal sizing loves to make you feel bad about yourself so just go with the flow & pretend that the numbers don't exist!
8. Venue vs Gown
Listen, we know our brides want all things to flow with one another but at the end of the day, your gown can be whatever you want it to be. You can then make the details of the wedding match you, not the other way around. It's important to feel confident in what you're wearing the entire night instead of worrying about if your gown reflects your venue!
9. Not everyone is a cryer
Time & time again we have brides who wait for that big emotional meltdown to confirm that the gown they love is "The One," but not every bride does. Your bridal gown is absolutely one of the most memorable clothing purchases you will ever make, but it's ultimately just another piece of clothing. Do you cry when you find the perfect pair of jeans? Probably not, you just know they are the winner because of how you feel in them!
10. HAVE FUN!
With all the planning & the stress that comes along with the wedding, your bridal gown shopping should be the part where you have the most fun (except for the big day of course)! It's okay to be nervous but don't stress yourself out about it. You'll find the gown, don't worry!
Trust your wedding gown intuition! You've got this & we are here to help you in anyway we can.
xoxo The LJM Girls