In January 2020, I said yes to the dress of my dreams!
I live in New York City, where there's definitely not a shortage of places to shop for a wedding dress. Believe it or not, I only went to ONE store and the dress I said yes to was the second one I put on!
I tried on about 10 in total, but knew immediately when I tried on the dress it was the one for me. As soon as I put it on, I was literally jumping up and down.
I ended up going to Pronovias NYC for their sample sale in late January, much earlier than I had anticipated going shopping. But the dress I had my eye on was on major sale. Spoiler alert: I didn't pick that dress! My Bridal Stylist Roth (seriously, if you go, ask for Roth... he was AMAZING), asked me to describe how I wanted my wedding to feel. I said whimsical, romantic, and fun. When he asked about my bridal style, I told him that I lean towards feminine, unique, and a bit avant garde. The dress is definitely all of those things.
I tried on what ended up being "the-one" and loved a lot about it, but was hesitant because of some other areas/specifics of the dress. Pronovias is helping me completely redesign the top of the dress to be more me. I couldn't be more in love.
With the ordering and alteration process included, I won't see my dress until MAY OF 2022! That's almost 15 months -- longer than most people's engagements! So whenever you start shopping, I highly recommend going as early as possible.
All that being said, wedding dress shopping for everyone is so different and I scoured the internet for tips and tricks that might help me have a successful experience. Today, I'm rounding up those tips and sharing them with you!
1. Get inspired!
I probably annoyed everyone in my life with how much wedding content I was consuming when I first got engaged. Literally, one of the first things I did was go out to find The Knot magazine because one of my dreams was to flip through it while taking a bubble bath and being engaged (it's the simple things, right?)
I started a Pinterest Board, watched every bridal movie you can think of, and starting thinking about my personal style. I shared my daydreams with my bridal stylist and they hit the ball out of the park immediately.
2. Know your budget (and what's included) Here's where I didn't do so great... I had an idea of what I wanted for my budget and luckily, my dress was under budget! However, I hadn't factored in just how much alterations, my veil, and taxes would be! It ended up being almost $1,500 more than I had originally anticipated (and should have been even more, but Pronovias was so kind to gift some of my alterations to customize my dress). I had seriously no idea that it could add up that quickly! When you set your budget, make sure to include the things that I overlooked!
3. Bring Spanx... Seriously!
My Spanx are my not so secret, secret weapon. They make me feel so much more secure and confident in what I am wearing. I brought them with me to my appointment and felt so much more comfortable in trying on all of the dresses -- plus, I felt super prepared!
4. Try on EVERYTHING! I knew what silhouette I wanted before going into my appointment and it ended up being the silhouette I got -- but that didn't come before trying on every silhouette I could! I didn't want to have buyer's remorse about what could have been, so I was open to trying on everything -- even things that I knew wouldn't be flattering!
5. Soak it all in I've dreamed what it would be like to say yes to the dress since I was a little girl. I still sometimes have to pinch myself that it happened. I wish I took more photos and videos while I was there to be able to relive the experience. I wish I could've captured my mom's face, my sisters' reactions, and replayed them over and over. The experience of planning a wedding is so fleeting -- don't forget to take it all in.
Have you gone wedding dress shopping? Share your tips and experiences down below!
Your internet BFF,
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