Q: My mom is starting to get on my case about my wedding dress (I think she’s definitely more excited about it than I am), so I guess it’s time I started looking for one. Where do I begin? Should I make an appointment at a salon? Do I need to do research? Help, please!
Happy to help! I know shopping for a wedding dress isn’t fun for everyone especially if it turns into an endless search. But, how you start your shopping will affect the process and either make it easier or harder for you. Now, others may tell you to start by looking at magazines and online at dresses, but I actually think the best place to start is to look at your closet.
You want to look and feel awesome in your wedding dress and how to do that is to pick a dress that you not only love, but looks good on you. So, the best place to start is to see what looks good on you and the best place to gain insight on that, is your closet. Look at what you own already. What does your favorite dress look like? What do you like about it? Is it the cut? The fit? The shape? The details? When you look at your favorite dress and the dresses you own that you like, do you see a recurring theme? Are they all form fitting or flare out at the waist? Are they all strapless or v neck? Maybe they all have beadwork or pockets or a defined waist.
If you take a serious look at what you own, this will give you the best start to wedding dress shopping. Most of us tend to buy multiple pieces that are similar in style because we like the look of it. And if you have a more varied wardrobe, there are still items that you like more than others and usually, it’s because it looks good on you and you like the way it makes you feel. Figuring out what you like (and what you don’t like) ahead of time based off what you own will really help you when you actually start looking at wedding dresses. Not only will you be able to narrow down what you like in pictures, but you’ll know what to ask for when you go to the salon. The sales person will also be able to better help you to shop which means picking the right wedding dress or wedding attire (if you aren’t a dress person) will be that much easier.
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