So you've booked your venue and finalized your wedding theme - the next step is finding the perfect wedding dress! Preparing yourself for your first wedding dress appointment at a bridal boutique is so important to make sure that you get the most out of the experience and leave with a better idea of what you're looking for. So here's a quick guide to help you minimize the overwhelm and maximize the fun!
Learn the Wedding Dress Lingo
Depending on if you've been planning your wedding since you were 5 or not, you might already have a good idea of the terms used to describe the different styles and components of wedding dresses. Some things to consider could be:
- Silhouette (ballgown, A-line, sheath, mermaid, etc.)
- Neckline (sweetheart, off-shoulder, v-neck, boat neck, etc.)
- Train Length (sweep, chapel, cathedral, etc.)
- Waistlines (standard/natural, empire, dropped, etc.)
While you might not have a very specific vision for your dress, at least getting familiar with the language used to describe certain features will make it easier to both let the boutique associate know what you want (and don't want), and will give you more guidance when narrowing down your options.
Pinterest Away (but stay flexible)
It's no secret that Pinterest is definitely a go-to resource for brides-to-be. Use it to get a general idea of what you like and form a rough image in your mind of the dress you might want. But stay flexible - if you start trying on dresses and realize that mermaid might not be your style after all, don't stress! You can always go back and pin some more of what you do like. If you're looking for some inspiration, take a look at our Wedding Dresses Board!
Keep Your Venue in Mind
Though ultimately you want a dress that you love and feel beautiful in, a good starting point could be thinking about the venue you chose and what kind of dress would look great in that environment. Whether you chose a more rustic or city setting might influence how much lace you want, and the location of your wedding photos can play a factor in your decision as well.
Identify Some Style Keywords
If you're struggling with creating a visual idea of what you want, instead focus on how you want to feel on your wedding day and the vibe you're going for. Is your wedding going to be romantic, bohemian or vintage? Is it going to be chic and modern or elegant and classic? Or is it fun and adventurous? This will certainly tie in with your venue, and use these as your guiding keywords in all aspects of your wedding, not just the dress, for a cohesive feel.
Don't Expect to Find the Perfect Wedding Dress Right Away
Above all, make sure you adopt the mindset that this is the first of many trips, and maybe even many boutiques! Don't put pressure on yourself to find something that day, and don't stress out if nothing really took your breath away. Your first wedding dress appointment should really be about honing in on what you want and getting more specific. As long as you leave having learned something new and had a great time, then consider the day a success!
Do you feel prepared now? Is there anything else you're doing to prepare for your first boutique visit? Let us know in the comments below!
Happy Wedding Dress Shopping!