I found my dream dress in a Southern Weddings blog post a long time ago and was certain that I would be wearing that when I said "I do!" Sounds simple enough, right? That is until I discovered that the only two stores near me that sold Augusta Jones wedding dresses were over three hours away - and neither actually carried that designer anymore. After speaking with Mandy at BeLoved, she told me the best words I have ever heard - that they just so happened to still have MY DRESS in the store!!
Even after trying on my dress, which I loved dearly, I knew it was best to try on different styles to make sure that was the right choice. Of course I wasn't about to say no, when else in her life does a girl get to try on wedding dresses!
1. Do your research! I have kept my eye out for ideas on what dress I wanted for years. There are a million different styles, colors and designers out there so it can be helpful for not only you, but the boutique as well, to have an idea before you start trying them on.
2. I made sure that I ate well the week before and drank enough water so that I felt good about the way I looked before going shopping. I will definitely keep trying to get healthier and achieve my fitness goals before the wedding but I knew if I didn't feel good about myself when I went shopping, I wouldn't feel good in my dress.
3. Try on different styles other than the one you think you like. I am not saying you will love them all, but at least try so that you know for sure. I know many Brides that went shopping for a ballgown and ended up buying a mermaid silhouette! While this wasn't true for me, I did try on a variety of styles and ended up going back to the original ballgown because I feel that style is the most flattering on my body type.
4. Know your budget and share that with the boutique! Ladies, this is important for so many reasons I can't even begin to tell you. First, being honest with your budget is important so that the staff can better assist you buy showing you only dresses that fit in your budget. Another thing to keep in mind is to budget for alterations because they can get pretty costly.