Let your own heart be your guide when you shop for a wedding dress

The countdown to the day you’ll glide down the aisle to join your life to that of the man of your dreams begins as the wedding plans become more and more of a reality.

Choosing the venue, theme, menus and entertainment is one part of the pretty rocky road to your wedding day, the other is shopping for the perfect wedding dress.

This is yet another part of the journey that’ll bring out the worst and the best in friends and family.

No doubt you’ll already have stared down a few challenges from others about the décor, DJ, theme or venue for your wedding, but your foray into the world of wedding dresses ramps all those opinions into high gear.

Some friends and family members seem to forget that this is your wedding day and that it’s your wedding gown being tossed about on their opinions and experiences, giving no thought to how much you’d rather have encouragement and support instead of feeling bullied.

This is when you have to be very discerning about who’ll be joining you at fittings, sift the chaff from the wheat and choose a few that you know will be honest without being nasty.

Remember that the select few that get to come to these fittings are going to have to love you through all the ups and downs that happen on our emotional scale as you try to fit the dress to the dream.

The last person you want as company will be one that has nothing positive and everything negative to say about her own negative experience when she shopped for her wedding dress.

She’ll terrify you before you even get to your first fitting, and that’s the worst way to start what should be an exciting experience filled with joy.

Naturally there’ll be tears of joy and tears of frustration along the way, simply because it’s a major decision to make, one that won’t be repeated and one you definitely don’t get to do over, but start it on the firm ground of making the experience your own.

What you could do to put your own unique stamp on your adventure to find a dream wedding dress is to;

  • Keep the entourage to a minimum, and stick to it! Choose wisely to get a good balance between the people you’ll share this special experience with. If anyone complains, tell them you don’t want to spoil their surprise when the wedding day arrives. That should help them to feel less left out.
  • Settle on the venue and then start shopping for the wedding dress. The venue and the season can have more of an impact on your choices than you may think.  Shopping for a summer wedding dress for a winter wedding is definitely not a good idea!
  • Keep your mind open about the dress you may think you want. Many a bride has collected a wedding dress in a style and colour they never even contemplated.
  • Stick to your guns the day you turn to see yourself in the mirror wearing the dress that turns you into the confident princess you so deserve to be on your wedding day.

Remember bra, shoes, hair and makeup when you go to fittings. You don’t have to go overboard but it’ll help you to imagine what you’ll look like on that very special, magical day.

Share your dreams with Ever After Bridal and you’ll have a team on your side that cares passionately about how stunning you’ll look in a designer wedding dress, and about how confident you’ll feel gliding down the aisle.