The Hitching Post
Saying Yes to the Dress
I know the statistics on divorce rates are ridiculously high, but I believe most (if not all) couples enter into marriage believing that they can make it work, until death parts them.
Given that, let me make the assumption that most brides ideally only shop for one wedding dress in their lifetime. This is a heavy responsibility on some satin and lace to shoulder the burden of being a bride’s ‘everything I ever dreamed of’ in one outfit!
This leads me to discuss the sometimes-touchy subject of who to take wedding dress shopping with you. There’s lot of hidden obligation, the desire to please and many deep emotions to navigate in these waters. If you don’t know what I mean, just watch a few episodes of “Say Yes to the Dress” and you soon will!
So, here’s my list of guidelines when wedding dress (or any dress!) shopping:
© Minimise the number of people you take with you – try and stick to 2 or 3. Too many differing opinions may leave you confused and unsure of yourself.
© Take people who know your style and what will look good on your shape.
© Know your budget, and only take others who can respect your budget and not suggest something over it.
© Keep an open mind, what suits you/what you love might not be what you thought. Bridal consultants do this for a living!
© Lay out some guidelines before you go – advise your group of your budget, what kind of dress you are thinking of (and what might suit your location/venue), what you like/don’t like, and be very clear that you would like TACTFUL honesty.
Remember, while we may have our (strong) opinions and thoughts on what someone should wear on their wedding day, ultimately it is the bride who has to love it!
Sonya of Heavenly Weddings is an Adelaide-based wedding and event planner with 8 years’ experience, who was born organised (just ask her friends). She loves to exceed her clients’ expectations, making sure every event is flawless – right down to the last little detail.
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