Wednesday, February 6, 2008
I am definitely the bridal consultant that loves weddings! From the dress to the cake testing, each aspect of planning excites me. As a result of this wedding obsession, when I am not in the bridal salon, my television is tuned to bridal shows...but who would have guessed that! My current indulgence is TLC's Say Yes to the Dress. As if I don't see enough wedding gown drama in our own salon, I still enjoy watching brides find the gown of their dreams. However, I was a little disturbed by one brides experience. She was forced to endure the wrath of a Bridesmaid-zilla!
I'm sure that many of you have heard of a bridezilla (or may be experiencing brief moments when you feel like one)! The bridemaid-zilla however, is that very opinionated bridesmaid who feels that your day is also her day (and secretly wishes it was). The bridesmaid on Say Yes to the Dress refused to let her friend (the bride) try on any dresses that she did not like. Even if the bride liked a dress, the bridesmaid was quick to chime in, "nope, that's not it." I have seen far too many bridesmaids voice their opinion even when it was in direct opposition to the bride. Is that the kind of bridal experience that you want? Finding your bridal gown should be an experience that you enjoy and allows you to revel in the memories for years to come. Therefore, my advice is as follows:
Choose one or two close companions to join you:
Choosing your wedding gown should be a special moment. Bring your mother and maybe a close friend that will be honest but will still value and respect your opinion as the bride. It is very difficult when the entire bridal party is around and they all have very different styles and visions for your dream gown. Ultimately, remember that you want to be a representation of yourself on your wedding day. Listen to your heart and remember that the moment you begin your walk down the aisle, your groom and guests will see you as an apparition of pure beauty.
Posted by Tali ~ Solutions Bridal at 10:32 AM
Top 10 Advice on finding the DRESS!
- Number One Rule: Be open minded! What you think reminds you of your grandmother's dress on the hanger, may in fact be the dress of your dreams.
- Bring someone that knows your style better than their own. I'm sure the groom doesn't want to see you in something that your bestfriend would wear on her wedding day
- DON'T PURCHASE YOUR DRESS ONLINE! You miss out on the whole experience.
- Don't worry what the groom will think. If he loves you, he will love what you pick.
- Have fun! Remember that you have been dreaming of this day since you were five. Don't let the decision put a cloud over your head
- If you hate the little bow on the dress, ask the consultant if you can order it without.it. Chances are you can. Keep in mind (contrary to what the magazines always say) there might be a charge for it. It won't lower the cost of the dress.
- Price vs. Love: If you love the dress, GO FOR IT! Don't settle for less on what your wearing for your big day. You can always take some of the budget from the centerpieces and so on. No one will know and we won't tell.
- Research designers online and make a scrap book of styles that you like. Do keep in mind, that it may all change when you start trying on.
- Save the group shopping for the mall. This should be a personal experience that you should only share with one or two.
- When you find it, you find it. Don't second guess yourself or you will pick your second favorite.