The opinion that matters is your own
In many of the episodes, brides bring along a large entourage that includes their mother, mother-in-law and essentially their entire bridal party. While this is totally OK (especially if you’re like me and need help making up your mind) it’s vital to keep in mind that you’re the one getting married. Some brides on the show let their mother’s vote sway their own opinion about a dress they originally loved. Hey, if you absolutely fall head over heels over a dress and your bff isn’t a fan, remember that you’re the one that will be walking down the aisle, not her. Listen to what you want.
Don’t bring along every guest at your wedding
There was one bride on the show that I’m pretty sure brought every human being she had ever spoken to in her life to her dress fitting. Sometimes, there is such a thing as too many people when you’re looking for a dress. Sure, you want your best friends to be there to help you pick out a dress, but when you have too many people there, there are going to be many clashing opinions that may make it harder to pick out a dress than you originally thought. The less people that are there, the less opinions you have to battle when searching for your gown.
Step out of your comfort zone
After watching a few episodes of the show, you’ll find that some brides come in with a set-in-stone vision of what they want. It’s important to know what you like what you don’t like when searching for dresses, but keeping an open mind is just as vital. One of the brides was totally set on a mermaid style dress, but when she tried on a unique ballgown, she absolutely fell in love with it. The lesson? Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone a bit. You may be pleasantly surprised with what you find.
Keep your budget in mind
Before you set foot in any store, sit down and come up with a budget for your dress and make sure to stick to it. There have been countless episodes of “Say Yes to the Dress” where a bride decides to try on a gown that is extremely over budget, you know, just to see how it looks. This is a dangerous path, ladies. Long story short, she completely falls in love with it but then discovers the horrific reality – she can’t afford it. After that dress, nothing quite seems to match up to that original, overpriced, yet stunningly gorgeous dress. You set a budget for a reason, so don’t let yourself try on a gown that you’re not going to be able to afford, as difficult as that may be. Kleinfeld Bridal explained that a wedding dress should be about 12 to 15 percent of your budget. Talk to the person that’s helping you pick out gowns and make sure that she doesn’t pull a dress that is way over budget.
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