Have you been dreaming of the perfect gown but paralyzed by the thought of wedding dress shopping? I feel you. We’ve all heard the horror stories, but guess what? It doesn’t have to be stressful!
How, you ask? Well that’s where my lovely friend Shayda comes in. She has years of bridal consulting expertise, and is the owner of Le Jour Couture, an amazing bridal shop with locations in New Orleans and Lafayette. She blows my mind with her work, so I asked her to share some professional insight – and she said yes!
Congratulations, you’re engaged! While this is a very exciting time for you and your SO, we know that you might get a little overwhelmed with so much detailed planning that goes into an event as important as your wedding, so we put together a list of our TOP 3 most important things to remember while gown shopping! Let’s cross one potential stressor off of your list and make it’s the STRESS FREE, and one of the easiest decisions (aside from saying yes) you’ll have!
Let’s be honest for a min, whether it’s been by choice or a very entertaining accident, we’ve all seen an episode (or two) of Say Yes to the Dress. Here’s the raw truth about that show: while people exaggerate their personalities for television, there are very real situations that play out the same way in bridal shops across the world. The mother living vicariously through the bride, the monster-in-law, the jealous best friend, etc. These things are more common than you think.
One sure way to avoid added stress to your appointment is to avoid a crowd that causes more confusion. Here’s what to do: ONLY bring the people you know 100% support you and who know you the most, and try to cap that number at 3. We all want our crew to come with us for the experience, because it’s fun and exciting (DUH)! But think twice before you allow any negativity or unwanted comments into your appointment. If all else fails, trust in your consultant to always tell you the truth, they’re on your side!
Step One: get engaged, Step Two: go to Pinterest.. or is that backward? No matter! Pinterest can be a life-saver. Sometimes it’s hard to know what you want, or how to put that into words, and that’s where pictures come in! Anything you can bring with you to your appointment is perfect!
Be it pictures from a magazine, saved posts on Pinterest, gowns you’ve tried on before, or anything in the following category: what you wanted when you were younger, what you want now, pictures of the color palette, the theme, the flowers, the bridesmaid dresses you want, ANYTHING! Consultants just want to know the feel of your big day.
HAPPY WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING!