You found your soulmate, you said “YES!”, you set the date: now it’s time to find that special dress that’ll take everyone’s breath away. So…where to start? Most brides enthusiastically take to the internet and gather up bridal magazines to check out new trends and discover what styles they love, but what’s the protocol for actually going bridal shopping? Here are some of our best tips to take with you on your shopping journey so you can navigate through the world of bridal like a pro!

Set your budget

To quote Martha Stewart, “Shopping without a cutoff point is like driving without a gas gauge,” and it’s a rare bride that can actually shop without concern for the cost of her gown. Your budget for your gown should be roughly 10% of your total budget, so let this be a starting point. You can increase or cut back depending on how important the dress is to you.

Make an appointment

Salons ask that you have an appointment to ensure that each bride has a dedicated consultant who can help pick out gowns, offer guidance, and get a bride in and out of the dresses (no easy task alone!). This also helps things proceed more smoothly for the bride. If you are a walk-in, most salons do all they can to accommodate you, but there may be a long wait if the staff is busy assisting other customers.

Choosing your entourage

This is arguably the most important shopping trip of a lifetime, and you’re going to want trusted counsel with you. You’ve heard the saying about too many cooks in the kitchen? This applies to bridal shopping as well. Too many opinions can lead to confusion and heartbreak, so it’s best to limit your party to 2-4 of your closest family and friends.

Bring pictures!

Now that you’ve likely gotten lost in the wistful wedding wonderland that is Pinterest, save the gowns you absolutely love and share them with your consultant. Even if a shop doesn’t have a specific dress, they almost always have a very similar style you can try on.

What should I wear?!

A loose, comfy outfit and as few layers as possible (weather permitting) are key. You’ll want to wear nude-for-you undies and a strapless bra, and spend a little extra time getting ready if you can spare it (this will give your confidence a boost and help the consultant understand your personal style better).

Be on time

Appointments are usually only an hour and a half long and your consultant will likely be working with another bride after you. It’s ok if you’re running a little late (we’ve all been there), but be aware that this can cut into your appointment time. If you are concerned with making a decision too hastily or you feel like you need more time, no worries! Ask your consultant about making a second appointment to come back and try on your faves with fresh eyes.

Relax and have fun!

No really, take a deep breath and dive in! Remember: this whole experience is a celebration of your love story. The world is going to melt away when you and the love of your life lock eyes at the end of that aisle, so don’t sweat the small things. Bring a bottle of champagne and have a smile at the ready, you’re getting married!

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