The first few moments upon entering a bridal store or boutique are filled with a healthy mix of hope, nerves, and most importantly excitement, even in my case if you are not the bride. This past year both my friend and cousin got engaged, meaning I got to go dress shopping. Ultimately both brides found their dream dresses, but unanimously agreed the experience is far different in reality than reality t.v.
- There is far less drama—bring a smaller group of your best friends or family and it will be smooth sailing.
- There is never a need to go over budget—once you know your budget ask which brands they recommend and stick to it.
- Be prepared. Bring heels, Spanx, and a basic knowledge of dress terminology, to enhance your experience.
- Take pictures (even if they aren’t allowed). We did this at every store for every dress. Take different angles for the bride so they can see what it looks like from behind and how the dress photographs.
- Accessories complete the look—but it comes at a price.
Below my sister and I took a photo with Monte and Lori from “Say Yes to The Dress!” Our experience at Bridals by Lori in Atlanta, Georgia was amazing. The appointment was scheduled with a senior consultant but just like on the show “Say Yes to The Dress” Monte and Lori quickly appeared with their years of wisdom and genuine compliments.