If you’ve been following along in my wedding planning series (Step 1 here, and Step 2 here!) then you’re already prepared to get your planner, venue & photographer. Now it’s on to the wedding dress!!! I’m sure I can hear some of you saying “wait… the dress? This early?” I totally understand. When I was a bride I didn’t think that it was important to shop for the dress early. I mean it’s just a dress, it can’t take that long to buy right?
Well it might not take that long to choose a dress but it does take that long to actually get the dress! Unlike traditional department and clothing stores, wedding dresses are made AFTER they are ordered. So once you decide what dress you want, the bridal store has to order the dress, and then it has to be made. And that takes a while. So it is always better to go shopping early on to make sure that there is enough time for your dress to get here!
I’m sure some of you have heard that advice before so here are three things I wish all brides knew.
1. Pick a bridal shop with a fabulous reputation. (Ask around if you need to, all your wedding vendors would be thrilled to help!) A lot of brides choose a bridal salon by googling (or calling) around to find out what store carries the one dress they think they want (from pursuing magazine ads.) The catch is that not all bridal stores are good, or nice. Personally I don’t understand how some stores can be run by such mean ladies and continue to survive, but it’s true. There isn’t any dress worth a bad experience. And since most of the time the dress you think you want isn’t what you end up with, well it’s really not worth it.
2. Choose color! As a photographer I cannot stress enough how much better wedding dresses look in photos with color! Now I’m not saying that you have to wear a bold colored wedding dress, but when the bottom layers are blush or silver or gold colored the lace and top layers will be so much more visible and beautiful!
3. Be unique. Appreciate the dress the way it was first designed! Don’t take that awesome asymmetrical bow off the back of the simple dress, that is what makes it memorable and beautiful! I’m a huge fan of classic and elegant, but that doesn’t mean plain!
(Ashley’s beautiful dress was from Blush Bridal. See how the bottom silver layer makes the lace more visible? If that bottom layer had been white you wouldn’t be able to see the lace as well in photos!)