I shared my tips for planning the perfect engagement photo shoot a while back and plan on sharing more wedding planning tips once everything is in place! I’m almost done planning and it is the best feeling in the world!!! I feel like one of the biggest and most exciting parts of getting married is saying yes to the dress! I have to admit that I wasn’t exactly excited. I felt overwhelmed in the anticipation of not finding the perfect Pinterest worthy dress of my dreams! I think it really held me back from getting too excited about the process, especially since I’m so indecisive! I managed to find my perfect dress and want to share what I learned from the experience with you!
BOOKING APPOINTMENTS: I tried to coordinate with everyone’s schedules when booking appointments, you may want to book ahead of time to make sure everyone will be free. Each appointment is usually an hour to hour and a half + travel time in between appointments. I brought along my bridal party of four, mom and Tyler’s mom. I wanted everyone to be included, but if you have a larger party, I would recommend keeping the group small as it can get overwhelming! If you have a larger group, maybe try going with the girls one day and your mom or mom-in-law or family members separately. Keep in mind some places only allow you a certain amount of people as well. I would also suggest to only make a couple of appointments in one day. We went to three and by the third one I was totally overwhelmed. I never wanted to try on a wedding dress again! Also make sure you give yourself enough time, I cut it pretty close going in November/December for a mid July wedding. Some places can take up to 8 or 9 months to order your dress + 3 alteration appointments. If you think you might be indecisive, maybe give yourself a few extra months so you have time to make a decision!
WEAR THE RIGHT UNDER GARMENTS: Wearing a convertible or strapless bra will make it easier to envision how you will look on your big day. Also make sure to wear seamless under garments or shape wear if you’re looking to try on more fitted styles. It definitely takes away from the experience if you can’t imagine what it would look like if you had! Some boutiques also suggested bringing heels to try on with the dresses. They don’t have to be the ones you will wear on the day of either, just a similar height that you have in mind. I found it hard to pick a shoe since I didn’t know what style of dress I would end up with. Some places may also have some that you can try on or a stool to stand on so you can see the how the dress will sit when its tailored to your height.
BE OPEN MINDED: Like most girls I had several dresses that I had fallen in love with pinned to my wedding board on Pinterest! I was so worried I wouldn’t find the exact dress I was looking for and to be honest, I didn’t. I found dresses with elements of the dresses I loved, but none were exactly what I had in mind. The ones that were close made me feel old and matronly. I was actually surprised I ended up loving a dress that was a different silhouette than I imagined myself in. I couldn’t stop thinking about this dress, it had just enough sparkle, but it was tasteful and the perfect amount of applique lace in all of the right places. It also had some elements I never would have dreamed of, but as soon as I tried on any other dress, I couldn’t imagine not having them! I would say that I definitely had that “moment” when I knew it was the one, you just feel like a bride! Despite my strong feelings, I couldn’t say it was the one because I was set on looking a certain way. Once I completely let go of this, I got really excited about the gorgeous and romantic dress I had fallen in love with!
MAKE IT FUN: I have to admit I feel like I dropped the ball here! There are so many ways to make this experience a little less stressful and would definitely recommend doing something to make it fun! Some boutiques offer champagne or treats. I also think having signs for your group would be a cute idea! I feel like some people may be afraid of saying too much and hurting your feelings so this would be a great way to help get their opinions involved, after all that’s why they are there to help you find the one!
I hope this helped anyone who is in the midst of planning! Happy dress shopping!
All images are of the gorgeous Pearl & Dot Bridal Boutique located in Calgary, AB.