It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of planning your wedding the moment he drops to one knee but remember, you’re only engaged once and now is the time to celebrate and enjoy with your future husband! You have the man of your dreams, now comes the dress of your dreams…
Do your homework
Before you spend every ounce of your free time pinning what your dream gown would be, figure out the vibe you’re going for. Where will you be getting married? A destination wedding dress might have a bit more flow and movement than a wedding at a penthouse in Manhattan – making the venue very important to the look of your gown.
When to start shopping?
Your venue is picked and you now have a true vision of the setting for your magical day. Now comes the dress! It’s recommended to have your gown purchased about 10-12 months prior to your wedding date. Afterall, once the dress is chosen all other details will fall into place- the flowers, the accessories, the bridesmaids dresses, the overall ambience. You’ll find when purchasing the dress 10-12 months prior to your wedding date that this allows you to spend all that extra time on other accessories… did someone say shoes?
Who to include
“The more opinions the better,” does not hold true for wedding dress shopping, but the most important opinions do. Bring those closest to you and who know you best. Keep the group small. You may find the more people you bring the more confused you might become. Bring the girls for the shoe shopping and family for gown shopping. Everyone means well but you need to be focused on these important details.
And don’t forget to have fun! If you allow yourself the luxury of time all the details will be enjoyable to sort through. Don’t overthink the process. Go with your gut and your instincts when making your choices. It’s definitely the biggest day of your life so far but stay true to who you are and it should all come easy. By allowing yourself enough time you can really cherish each moment with your fiancé, family and friends each step of the way making memories to last a lifetime. It’s not just about getting to the end point, it’s all the good stuff in between that you will remember forever.