How to Shop for your Wedding Dress!

How often do you get the opportunity to shop for your wedding dress?! It can be a daunting and somewhat overwhelming thought going into it. Trust me, I know, I'm getting married in July! There's so much pressure put into this one big decision and how do you know if you are making the right one? Finding the dress of your dreams doesn't have to be scary or overwhelming and in the end it can feel like falling in love all over again! I get excited thinking about my dress all the time! After all, I'm getting married in JULY!

When choosing your dress it's important to remember a few key details:

First, there's the timeline. Generally it takes about five months to order a dress if you're special ordering and then about three to five months for alterations. There is always the option of purchasing out of stock or the chance that the designer might have the dress available in their U.S. warehouse, but to limit stress, it's best to give yourself between six to twelve months before your wedding day to buy your dress.

Second, it's also important to know who you want to be there with you when you find the dress. Bring people that make you feel confident and that you can laugh and have a good time with! Make sure that you bring them with you to your bridal appointments! You truly never know when you will find THE ONE and if they aren't with you it will make it harder for you to make your decision. However, keep in mind that too many people at your fitting can put a lot more pressure on you and make the proccess feel overwhelming.

Third, and most important - sometimes it only takes one appointment to find the dress of your dreams, so don't feel guilty about not having tried on "everything" even if everyone wants you to. If you feel amazing and you feel beautiful and you know it's the dress, then follow your heart and let yourself be in love all over again! Most importantly, let yourself have fun! It's a magical time and finding your dress can leave you with amazing memories that you all shared together!

Brooke Sires
Bridal Stylist & July Bride


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