Post # 1
So, I’m excited to be getting married, I could spend hours looking at centrepieces, decorations, bridesmaid dresses, church readings, all that kind of stuff, but there’s one thing that totally freaks me out: wedding dress shopping.
It’s the only thing I can’t involve my Fiance in. I know it’s something most brides do with their mothers, but I lost mine two years ago. I know my friends and Future Mother-In-Law will be really supportive, but my mother would have taken control (In a good way!!) and would have known all the right questions to ask, and probably tried to bag a bargain!
I am planning on losing some weight before dress shopping so I feel more confident in myself. So, my question is, what should I expect at the bridal stores? I guess what I’m most scared of is that the women working there won’t take me seriously, or will be snotty towards me cos I’m not a skinny bride. (Kind of like when Julia Roberts goes shopping in Pretty Woman except instead of being a hooker I’m chubby!)
Thank you in advance!!
Post # 3
@SoftKitty: I had that same kind of fear before I stepped into an actual store because I’m just very self-conscious in general, which makes me wonder how I’m even going to survive my wedding day when all eyes will be on me! I put off going to a bridal salon for the longest time and pretty much just browsed through dresses online. But when I finally did, I enjoyed every moment of it! If there are a few styles you have in mind, bring those ideas in with you (whether it’s pictures or you just verbally explaining them what you want). Most stores, from my experience and my friends’, ask for a budget but one of the ones I went to actually didn’t stick to what I could afford and ended up pulling out a dress for me that was 4 times my budget! So, just make sure you emphasize you want to stick to your budget if that’s one of your other concerns. I didn’t once come across consultants who were snooty, but if you do for some reason, I’d leave because obviously they don’t have your interests at heart. Picture-taking is often not allowed. I don’t have a single picture of me in any of the dresses I tried on but you might find a salon that allows it. Definitely feel free to ask for dress recommendations, too, because sometimes what we think we want might not be exactly what we thought it would be once we try it on. And lastly, if you have found THE dress, do not jump right into buying it then and there. Shop at other stores that carry that same dress and tell them how much the original store was quoting you. There’s a lof of competition, so often salons are willing to match! Oh, and before I forget, don’t forget to ask the salons if they have price caps for alterations if you need a lot done because alterations get expensive and you want to make sure they don’t exceed a certain amount! Hope this helps!
Post # 4
@WYAtocha: Thank you, you’ve been so helpful!! When I finally go I’ll be channelling all your fantastic advice in my head 🙂