First off if you're a soon to be bride reading this, CONGRATS my dear! This is the most exciting time of your life and the most beautiful you'll ever feel because it's your big day- at least thats how I felt. Today I'm going to share my experience finding my wedding dress and some tips to keep in mind when looking for your fairy tale wedding dress!
Finding MY dream dress!
My experience finding my wedding dress was pretty easy. My mom and I went looking one weekend while she was visiting me in Omaha (while I was living there) We called several salons in Omaha, Nebraska and from there we just went at it. I knew what I wanted, but I kept an open mind too. We went to one store and I fell in love with one dress. As I slept on it, I just didn't feel like it was the one. Many brides go through this feeling. I'll tell y'all from experience.. that if you have any slight feeling of uncertainty... sleep on it and look around at other bridal boutiques! The next day we went to Rhylan Lang Bridal Boutique in Omaha. I LOVED the whole Rhylan Lang experience because the whole store was totally my style and the ladies working there were so amazing. With that being said, I was able to shop with ease there. Tracy. the store owner, was amazing and very knowledgeable with all the gowns. Plus... they are top ranked on the "Knot Bridal" magazine. DOUBLE WIN!
Rhylan Lang bridal salon is a must visit regardless how far away you may live. My wedding venue was in Southern California and Rhylan Lang was SUPER accommodating with shipping & fittings, especially being from out of state. I can't express how lucky I was to find my dress here. Everyone is different when it comes to who to bring to your dress shopping. I had my mom and one of bridesmaids with me on this day because I didn't want to be over whelmed with opinions. After I said "Yes to the Dress," I brought in my grandmother to see the dress and also Face-timed with a very close family friend, Susie! I wanted to include these two important women because I knew due to circumstances they weren't able to be there on my wedding day.
Needless to say, my entire wedding dress experience was incredible!! To this day, just thinking about it makes me tear up. Y'all I was a crier when it came to saying "Yes"... water works and all! Now that I have shared my experience, I wish only the very best for all you brides out there! Read more on "Tips to Finding Your Dream Dress" below.
Tips to Finding Your Dream Dress!
The number one thing that people always told me when shopping for my wedding dress was keep an open mind. You never know what will look amazing on you until you try it on. Don't limit yourself to one style of dress because a different style of dress may look even better on you or when you try that dream dress style on you may not like it! It's really important to just try on every type of style of dress because you never know what you might fall in love with! Keeping this tip in the back of my mind helped me to find the dream dress! Read more dress finding tips below!
1. Determine the Dress Code.
You need to consider where you're getting married at if your ceremony is in a church, on the beach, ect. For church weddings, you may have to cover your shoulders or arms. Keep in mind the venue and the style of the venue. You don't want to wear the wrong style for your venue.
2. Set a Budget.
Figure out how much you want to spend on your dress and tell the salesperson before she starts bringing you dresses. That way you won't set your heart on something you can't afford. Typically the wedding accessories and alterations are 10-15 percent of the total wedding cost. Make sure to factor in all of the alterations and other necessities you might need later on. It's important to keep in mind shipping cost if your buying your dress out of state!
3. Start Early.
A good time to start shopping for a wedding dress is six to nine months before your wedding date. However, I chose mine earlier tha that because I was wedding planning from a different state. It takes about four months for the designer to make the dress and another two months for alterations. Some women need more alterations than others all depends on how the dress is fitting. Keep in mind that starting early gives you wiggle room through the whole dress process.
4. Location Location Location.
Do your research ladies! When deciding on where your dress shopping at keep in mind your style and budget. Some dress shops might only carry a certain brand, which may be in or out of your budget. Most salons require you to schedule an appointment, If possible, shop during the week day because the weekends are always busy. You don't want to be wedding dress shopping next to someone else because this it should be all about you! Don't overwhelm yourself with finding it in one day. Plan to visit two stores a day so you don't exhaust yourself or forget what you have seen. Some dress salons don't allow you to take pictures, so bring a notepad to write notes to remember what you like or dislike.
5. Be Open.
Have the salon give you some suggestions of dresses because this is what they do everyday. They're able to look at your body type and pull dresses that might flatter your body type. You need to be open to all styles so you can truly find what works for you. You might not initially think it's "you" but it could be the dress once you try it on. Not every dress looks good on the hanger, so let go of any preconceived notions and keep an open mind.
6. Bring Your Crew.
Some brides love having their whole bridal party and family with them while dress shopping, others just bring their moms. My best advice to who to bring to is bring friends or family who you trust. Bringing a large entourage may be confusing or you may lose your focus on what you love. Invite one or two people who know your style, will be honest with you, and whose judgement you trust.
7. Bring Your Accessories.
While some salons have shoes and slips on hand , you should still come prepared with a nude bra and underwear for the fitting.
8. Trust Your Instincts.
If you have to be reassured that the dress looks good on you, that's probably not the dress for you. You need to feel beautiful in the dress, not someone else telling you that you look beautiful. If you can't see yourself walking down the aisle in it then it's not the dress for you either. When you find the dress, you will know! Trust yourself and breath!
If y'all have any more questions about finding your dream wedding dress please feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org! I know what it's like to be a bride and the nerves a bride may go through during the wedding planning process. I would love to answer any questions! Always remember to soak in every moment because it will go by so fast!
much much love pretties!
And Then They Lived Happily Ever After...