Hump day is here again and you know what that means? #WeddingWednesday is back! This week I’m talking all things wedding dresses! I’d love for you guys to chime in below- whether you are married or single or have never thought twice about what kind of dress you’d get married in!
I knew that my wedding dress was going to be one of the items that would be near impossible to make a decision on. I love fashion and I’ve always thought it was going to be a challenging task to pick ONE dress to get married in. If you were to ask me if I had a dream dress, the answer is no but there are styles and details that I definitely see myself in and others that I will steer away from.
Some of the items I was looking for included: timeless and classic, yet slightly fashion forward, V-neck, clean lines, and texture or 3D applique. The only things I felt strongly about not having were strapless neckline, ruching, and pickups. There were some materials that I wanted to avoid but that’s getting nitty gritty.
My girlfriend who lives in SF had told me a few times about the place where she got her dress in the Bay Area, and 3 of her friends who she had sent afterwards, all got their dresses there. I was a little reluctant to look for dresses without my squad (mom and sister) but knew my girlfriend, Allison would be super honest. I made some appointments to look at dresses when we go home for the holidays so figured this would be a great starting point to eliminate some styles and hone on in my favorites!
The place we went had a lot of great classic styles and designers and I actually had the BEST time trying them on. The appointment was 2 hours long which was enough time to try on ~12 dresses. We got there about 15 minutes early so I was able to browse and I actually pulled almost all my own styles. I am a huge “Say Yes To The Dress” fan so I always imagined that the stylists ask you what you want and then do all the pulling for you. I guess it probably works this way in a much larger showroom, like Kleinfelds. This place was much smaller and intimate so you were able to browse all the dresses (even though there seemed like thousands!).
We had so much fun trying on the dresses that I didn’t realize we were already out of the 2 hours! After trying on a good mix of dresses I realized a few things. I liked the fuller gowns more than I thought I would! However, they did give me some throwback prom vibes. One thing to note is that it can be a little bit difficult to see how the dress would look in your size but your consultant will do their best to pin the dress accordingly. One awesome offering this bridal salon had was that they will order your size in any dress for just $200 and then you can try it on if you are really serious about it. If you want it, you obviously pay the balance. If not, you get the credit to use at the store regardless. My struggle right now is deciding between the princess feel and the sexy, bodycon style. I am going to another Bridal Salon on Sunday that has more boho and contemporary styles so I am excited try some different designers and styles. Stay tuned for Part II!
Important tips to remember when shopping for your wedding dress:
- I feel like my mom saying this but… try everything on! You honestly never know how something is going to look until you put it on your body. If a friend of family members asks you to try something on- just do it. Likely you’ll be surprised or at least make someone in your group happy.
- Your consultant should ask your budget but it’s important to stay where you feel comfortable and definitely establish this part before you head into your appointment
- Don’t feel like you have to get a dress that fits your venue. If you want to wear a ball gown to your beachside wedding, by all means. It’s your day!
- Stay away from anything too trendy. You don’t want to look back at your wedding pictures in 5 or 10 years and think “why the hell am I wearing a cape?”. This goes for all design items across the board during wedding planning!
- Listen to your bridal consultant. They typically dress hundreds of brides and know what looks best on your body type and can pull great suggestions based on your wishes and budget.
- Be open to different shades in color! I was surprised how much I loved the champagne and rose gold tones!
- Photograph everything! My girlfriend, Ali took tons of pictures in each dress so I was able to look back as a reminder and see what I liked/disliked about each dress.
- If you can go on a weekday, it will be much quieter in the showroom with a lot more inventory to browse, as the dresses will not be in with other clients. If you are hooked on a particular dress, make sure to call the bridal salon first to see if they have it!
Here are some of the inspo pics I brought with me to my appointment. All images are from Pinterest (because of course). I am also loving the saved collections feature on IG. Here are some of my favorite IG accounts to follow for bridal style inspo: Kinsley James Couture, Ceremony Boston, Alexandra Grecco, Lovely Bride, and Wedded Wonderland.