It's one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding: trying on a white wedding dress for the first time. But while that first session at a wedding dress boutique can be exciting, it can also be a bit stressful. Here are five tips to ensure the appointment goes smoothly and that you get the most out of it.
Be careful who you bring with you.
You might be tempted to just invite your whole bridal party, your mom, and all of your aunts, but having too many opinions about the dresses you try on can be overwhelming. Try to pick just two or three people to accompany you. Many brides go with just their maid of honor and mother. If you know someone will make you nervous or be overly judgmental, simply don't invite them.
Have an idea of what you want.
You'll come face to face with thousands of wedding dresses at the boutique. You might think you can just try them on, but you'll soon grow tired of this. So, before your appointment, take a look at Instagram or different designers' websites to at least get an idea of what style of dress you feel most drawn to. For instance, you might know you want an A-line dress and know you definitely don't want something with lace. If you can give this information to the employees at the boutique, they'll better be able to choose dresses you love.
Know your budget.
There's nothing as disheartening as trying on a dress you love, only to find that it's $1,000 more than you can spend. Figure out how much you can afford to pay for your wedding dress upfront, and share this figure with the boutique employees. This way, they will only show you dresses you can afford, so you don't end up falling in love with something you cannot have.
Have colors in mind.
You do not have to have your wedding colors confirmed by your first fitting, but it's helpful to at least have a few choices in mind. Some colors look better with a stark white dress, while others look better with ivory or off-white. If you let the boutique employees know your wedding colors, they can help you find dresses that will coordinate well.
With the tips above, your first dress try-on session should go more smoothly, and you should leave feeling confident and beautiful. Contact a shop, like The Steel Magnolia, for more help.