He asked and you said YES! So what’s next? Most future brides immediately start their research in Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress. Some even started way before the proposal. With so many options to go through, how do you know which one is THE ONE? That’s why this week we are bringing you this great feature. Not only will I be giving a bit of my insight, but some of our lovely brides have offered some of their advice to help you find your dream dress. We will even individually feature them along with photos in their gorgeous dresses.
What we gathered from all of the brides is that when they looked in the mirror, they knew it was the one. Sounds crazy, but it’s true! Out of the millions of dresses, how would you know when that one dress was it? When you are looking in the mirror, you are not looking at yourself in that moment. You’re picturing your groom’s face as he sees you for the first time, you’re picturing your first dance, how your friends and family will react, etc. Don’t be afraid if THE dress is not the dress you pictured in your head when you first walked in. It happens a lot.
So what happens if you’re not having that moment? You move on to the next one. There are so many dresses in this world and that means yours is out there somewhere. Don’t settle. If you’re not in tears, speechless, smiling nonstop, or feeling it, just move on. Your dress is out there, even if it is at another store.
Don’t be afraid to ask if it can be altered if you love everything about a dress, but it’s missing something. For example, you know you will be somewhere where it’s warm during the day but cold at night, so you can see about adding on a cute coat or sleeves. If you don’t want a strapless dress, ask if you can add straps or sleeves. It never hurts to ask. Also, make sure you can move the way you want in the dress. If you love to dance and get down, then that tight mermaid dress probably isn’t the best choice for you. Break out a few dance moves, walk around, and make sure you can sit in your dress!
In the end, enjoy the process. Wedding dress shopping is supposed to be a fun and exciting experience, so if you’re not feeling it, take a step back and try again another day. You need to try dresses on to really get an idea of what you will feel great in. In the end, it’s all about you.
So here’s some more advice from our beautiful brides and I hope this feature on Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress will help you in your quest to find The One.
Her dress was designed by Maggie Sottero and she found it at Minerva’s Bridal. Her favorite part was the lace and we can see why. She knew it was the one, “because when I tried it on, I just felt like a more beautiful version of myself.” She said the dress felt like her and that it made her feel comfortable and pretty in it.
Her dream dress was found at Olivia Bowen in Melbourne, FL and designed by Calla Blanche. She is getting married this fall, so all we are going to say about her dress is that she loves the back of it. Check back in the fall for their sneak peek. We can’t wait for their wedding at the Soho South Café in Savannah, Georgia!
She purchased her beautiful dress at The White Magnolia Tampa. Her designer was Mikaella Bridal. Jessica loved how perfectly her dress fit on its own. She needed a dress to conceal her insulin pump on the day of her wedding, but she also wanted something form fitting. Just when she thought she would have to settle for a dress other than what she really wanted, she found the perfect one. The dress made her feel like a princess and she certainly looked like one on her wedding day!
Her designer was Morilee by Madeline Gardner and she found it at Minerva’s Bridal. She saw the dress online and tracked it down. Her favorite part was the beadwork on the bodice. When she put it on and looked in the mirror she knew it was going to be the one. She said, “happy tears filled my eyes and my quest was over!”
Jim Hjelm designed her fabulous dress and she found it at Solutions Bridal in Orlando. The lace sleeves made the dress modest but still timeless. She saw the dress on Pinterest, but there was no direct link. She had to hunt for it on her own. When she finally found it and tried it on she said it was everything she thought it would be and more.
She is my assistant and will be getting married next fall at Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula, California. She found her dress at Bridal Gallery of Orlando by designer Justin Alexander. I won’t say much about her dress, but I will say she had the biggest smile on her face in every photo she sent me. She was skeptical of “the moment” but now she is a believer. She even sent me a photo of her crying happy tears to prove it. We cannot wait to show you her dress next fall!