10 Things Your Wedding Gown Consultant Wish You Knew
1. Make sure to make an appointment!
It is so helpful to everyone involved if we know you are coming in to try on dresses. An appointment ensures there is a space available to accommodate your group's size. Also, an appointment guarantees there is a sales associate available to assist you. We even offer after-hours appointments if you would like the store all to yourself.
2. If you have a budget tell your consultant right at the start of your appointment.
We don't like to break hearts. If you have a strict budget don't keep it a secret. Your bridal consultant will try her best to pull dresses that are the styles you are liking and within your budget. It is a horrible situation when a bride falls in love with a dress and then realizes it is way over her budget.
3. Carefully choose the people you bring with you.
More is not always better. Bring people with you that have your best interests at heart and will listen to what you are saying. Brides who bring tons of friends and relatives often get lost in the mix. Aunts are trying to pull dresses that they personally like, friends are jealous you are trying on dresses and not them, etc. Bringing 2-3 people tends to work out the best.
4. Come with an open mind.
All those dresses you have pinned on Pinterest might end up looking different on you than you imagined. Trying on different dress silhouettes in person will really help you get a better idea of the styles you like. Many times brides will come in saying "I hate poof" and then they end up selecting the biggest ballgown in the store. Don't rule anything out until you have tried it!
5. Bridal gowns run very small.
Don't pay any attention to the number. The size you wear for your normal clothing is most likely not the size that will fit you for bridal gowns. Also, remember we can order a dress in any size.
6. Bring undergarments you feel great in.
If you want to bring a strapless bra, spanx, etc that will make you feel great while trying on dresses, feel free to do so. Keep in mind your consultant will be in the dressing room with you helping you get dressed. Don't be shy, we help ladies change all day long.
7. There might not be "the one".
You might end up really liking two or three dresses that you could see yourself wearing on your wedding day. Then we suggest narrowing down your selection by considering the following; your ceremony/reception location, the time of year, how comfortable the dress is, will it be easy to alter, and does the dress fit with your wedding theme or decor.
8. Not all brides cry.
Hardly any brides cry. Trying on dresses is really fun and usually everyone in the group is having a great time. If you are not an overly emotional person don't expect to cry once you say yes to the dress.
9. Once you find the dress stop shopping.
You do not need to go to 5 different stores and try on 100 different dresses. Brides who shop too much can end up frustrated and overwhelmed. Once you find a dress you love stop looking! Also, don't let anyone try to pressure you to keep looking. If you have found the perfect gown at the first store you can cancel any other appointments you have made - then go have a mimosa to celebrate.
10. We are here to help!
We are on your side. Any information you can tell your consultant so she can help you find the perfect dress don't hesitate to let her know. Are you planning on wearing a different dress for the reception? Are you wanting a dress without a train? Does your dress have to be white? Let her know and your appointment will go much smoother.