Plenty of brides get nervous before their first bridal appointment—you’re unsure what to expect, you’re worried you won’t find the dress, you want the whole thing to run smoothly—we totally get it. There’s nothing to worry about, but to help you feel more prepared for your first appointment, we’re sharing our best tips for brides to know before coming in.
The Importance of Having an Open Mind
We definitely think it’s a good thing to come in with some inspiration or an idea of what types of dresses you may want to try on. This helps your stylist get a sense of your personal style, allowing her to pull dresses she thinks you’ll like for you to try on. While you should come in with a few ideas, keep an open mind! You may think you want something fitted and sexy only to fall in love with a classic A-line dress—keep an open mind to things you may not expect!
We offer strapless bustiers and cups for all of our brides, but feel free to bring your own bra. This will help you get the most accurate idea of what the dress will look like on your wedding day, so that you aren’t shocked later down the line. Even if you think you want a gown with sleeves, you don’t want your bra straps detracting from the neckline of the dress or interfering with what it will actually look like on your wedding day.
You Don’t Have To Bring Everyone You Know
By all means, please bring your most trusted friends and family whose opinions you value. Having a few close supporters can help you narrow down tough decisions, and you’ll love having people to celebrate with once you’ve found the dress. That being said, don’t bring everyone to the appointment. Having too many opinions at the appointment can drown out your own, and you need to keep in mind that it’s your wedding dress. Only bring those whose opinions you really value and who you know will be there to give advice you want to hear.
Consider Your Venue and Vibe
We always recommend waiting to shop until after you’ve selected a date and venue. You’d likely want different dresses if you’re planning a winter ceremony in a church versus a summer destination wedding, so wait until you’ve chosen your venue. At your appointment, consider your venue while shopping—if you’re planning an outdoor wedding, you may want something a bit lighter to keep you cool with a more boho vibe, whereas if you’re planning something indoor you might want something heavier and more traditional.
Come With A Budget
One of the biggest tips we can give brides is to arrive at your appointment with your dress budget set. If you share your budget with us, your stylist will be sure to only pull dresses that fit your budget, so that you don’t have to worry about trying on a dress and falling in love only to be heartbroken when you discover you can’t afford it. This way, all the stress of budgeting is taken out of your appointment and you can relax and find the perfect wedding dress.