Shopping for the perfect wedding dress often comes with great expectations. More often than not, the bride has envisioned her perfect dress from as far back as childhood, and acquiring it is simply a matter of scouring the market, knowing where to look, and knowing what fits. Of course, budget and the kind of wedding being planned are both important things to consider. We’d like to discuss how to best emotionally support the bride while dress shopping:
How Many People are Best to Bring to Dress Shopping Appointments?
This is completely up to the bride and her wishes. To avoid excess drama, the relationship of each interested family member should be taken into consideration. Usually, both the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom will want to be present and that can be a lot of pressure! Most brides would prefer her mother, you and sister/maid of honor accompanying her. The bride might appreciate the company of a bridesmaid or two as well. However, remember that everyone will want to express their opinion for every option and that can be a lot at once.
How Much Input Should You Give the Bride as She Tries on Dresses?
Once again, this depends on the personality of bride. We recommend asking her directly on how much input she would like from you. Some brides know when they’ve found the one with no outside input, while other brides really want to hear what others are thinking down to every last detail. We also recommend you letting the bride know that she has permission to tell you directly if she feels you’re being “too helpful.” Offering too many outside opinions can really cloud a person’s ability to consider what their true feelings about something are in the moment.
What to Do if the Bride Gets Frustrated Looking For Dresses?
It is perfectly normal to finish several days of intensive shopping and fittings and come up empty handed. Simply remember to be a friend in a situation like this, divert your attention on a different part of the wedding planning process as a break, and remind her that she will find the one! But if you come to Exquisite Bride, we know your bride will find the one.