Wedding Wednesdays Q&A: Who Should You Take Wedding Dress Shopping?

Wedding Wednesdays Q&A by Jamie Chang Destination Wedding Planner of Mango Muse Events

Happy Hump Day!  Hope you are excited for an all new Wedding Wednesdays Q&A!  We certainly are, so without further ado today we’re talking about wedding dresses.

Q: I’m really excited to start wedding dress shopping, but I have a lot of friends and family who I know want to come with me (they’ve already mentioned it).  There’s my mom, my mother in law, my two sisters, my cousin and my three best friends.  While I could bring them all, I’m thinking that might not be a good idea.  How many people is too many?  And who do you recommend I take with me?

Great question!  I’m so glad you asked this because not that many brides think about it and it can make or break your shopping experience.  So, I am a firm believer that you should keep your shopping party to a minimum, anywhere from about 1 to 4.  I don’t think there is necessarily a magic number, but there is definitely such a thing as too many people. When you start having more than 4 people, the party is getting large.  The larger the party the more opinions you’ll have to deal with and your wedding dress shopping with turn into you having to manage them instead of them being there for you.  Not fun.  Just watch a few episodes of Say Yes to the Dress and you’ll quickly understand what I’m talking about. So, try to keep your group as small as you can.

Now the question becomes, who do you bring with you?  This is can get tricky as you don’t want to hurt people’s feelings, but you want a good experience for you.  So, you should bring the people who will be the most helpful and supportive.  What I mean is that you want people who will put you first over themselves (i.e. they aren’t the kind of person who makes everything all about them) and people whose opinion you value (i.e. you like shopping with them and they understand your style).  Remember, the goal is to pick out a wedding dress, which should not only be a good experience, but should result in actually finding a wedding dress.  These people will be all about making sure you have a good time while also being able to help you pick out a dress, which is exactly what you want and need.

On a side note, for you non-traditional brides who want to take a man instead like your father, brother, friend or even your fiancé, that is totally ok too.  As long as they also fit the requirements I mentioned above, you’ll have a good time.

Bride on her wedding day at Cornerstone Winery in Sonoma. Wedding by Jamie Chang Destination Wedding Planner of Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Arrowood Photography)

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