Since getting engaged in September I have been extremely busy with wedding planning. Any previous bride can attest to the fact that planning a wedding yourself is a lot of work and one of the most stressful aspects can be finding a wedding dress. Our wedding is in February so the pressure was on to find a dress ASAP. These days it seems like most brides begin shopping for their gowns a year or more before their wedding date. On the other hand, I have heard of brides waiting until just days before their wedding to purchase one off the rack. Although there are pro’s and con’s no matter how you go about it, I could not be happier with my experience!
The first step is to roughly plan out which bridal shops you would like to go to and who you want with you. Many bridal shops will ask how many people you are bringing when you make the appointment. If possible, it can be helpful to go to some of the shops before you make your appointments to see what they have in stock and what can be purchased off the rack (if you don’t have enough time to order a dress). In my case, we were going dress shopping only about 3 months before the wedding date so my options were limited to purchasing off the rack or ordering an in-stock item that can be shipped directly from the designer’s warehouse. Keep in mind each store is different.
When we went shopping I had my mom, dad and mother-in-law-to-be with me. I would have loved to have my future sister-in-law/maid-of-honor with us but she lives out of town and wasn’t able to come. I couldn’t have asked for better people to have with me. It was such a special day to share with my mom and dad and it was great to have a man’s opinion while trying on SO many dresses. However, I can definitely see how it can get confusing when there are too many opinions floating around the room.
Finally, try on as many dresses as possible within the time frame of your appointment because (hopfully) you’ll never get to go wedding dress shopping for yourself again. There are so many dresses out there and although I really hated some of them on me it was a great way to narrow down the options to what we all thought looked the best. I only had two days to find a dress while my parents were in town and I ended up saying “yes” at the end of day one. It’s true when they say, “when it’s your dress, you’ll know!”
I ended up finding my perfect dress at Novelle Bridal. I am so happy with my experience there and I can’t wait for everyone to see the final product in February. I don’t want to reveal my dress until the big day but here are some similar styles: