Wedding Dress Shopping Guide
When shopping, be open to trying on any and all dresses.
If the salesperson brings in a dress that she thinks will look gorgeous on you, but you think it looks ugly on the hanger…all we have to say is don’t judge a book by its’ cover! We’ve seen SO many brides try on dresses they initially scoffed at only to love them as soon as they put them on.
"Sometimes the dress you dislike most on the hanger are the ones that are most flattering when worn," said Amy Grooms, owner of Fabulous Frocks.
Wedding dress shopping is exhausting
If you are planning 10 appointments in one day please don’t! We always advise our brides to keep it to around 3 appointments a day at most. This way you can give yourself at least an hour at each of bridal shops and that last appointment won’t feel like you’re rushing through it because you’re tired, hangry, and ready to go home. We also strongly suggest this to brides because not every wedding dress boutique is going to shower you with champagne. In fact, most won't even allow water to cross their threshold as liquids, even clear ones, can easily stain more delicate fabrics.
In the movies bride-to-bes walk into a wedding dress boutique and are immediately given a gorgeous velvet couch to sit on along with a glass (or two) or champagne. Their friends are all laughing and there’s usually no other brides around them trying on dresses. We hate to ruin the fantasy for you, but that is Hollywood...not reality! While some boutiques will absolutely cater to your every whim, there are plenty others that feel more like a sale at Macy's. And this isn’t just at the sample sales which can get pretty crazy. We took a bride wedding dress shopping at a famous bridal salon in New York City and she was shocked to find that the experience she had imagined was not all it was cracked up to be. She confided in us that she felt rushed, confused, and honestly couldn’t wait to get out of there because of the sales pressure. We also caution our brides that at some shops you will have to sift through racks yourself, and you might have to wait in line for a fitting room. If you are looking for a more personalized experience with honest one-on-one time with formal ware experts, weekday appointments are always best. They are far easier to obtain and you are almost guaranteed to be the only bride in the boutique so it really can be all about YOU. Most bridal salons, for good reason, require appointments, but even then it doesn’t guarantee you a stellar experience. Hiccups and annoying things are bound to happen, so just mentally prepare yourself and call Fabulous Frocks for a fabulous experience!
Who should come with me when I go shopping is a question we are often asked. "We always suggest taking as few people as possible with you to your wedding dress appointments," suggests Amy Grooms owner of Fabulous Frocks. "It is always best to limit the number of conflicting opinions." Even though not hearing an honest opinion on a wedding dress can be just as frustrating, not being able to figure out your own amongst the noise of others’ can be worse. Realize at the end of the day you are the one wearing the wedding dress, not your family and friends.