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What Every Bridal Consultant Wishes You'd Do Before Going Wedding Dress Shopping

A professional shares the four things she asks every bride to do before trying on gowns.

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Finding your wedding dress will be one of the happiest moments of your life, but there's a good chance the hours (or days) leading up to the final purchase will be some of the most stressful. With so many gowns to consider and such a large investment to be made, choosing "the one" requires a little bit of effort. That's why it's so important to head into your shopping trip armed with the right information. To help you be entirely prepared, we asked Julia Scott, store manager at Blue Bridal Boutique in Denver, Colorado, to share the four things she tells every bride to do before visiting the salon.

 

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Do Your Research

Scott says to start researching different types of wedding dresses as soon as possible, then figure out which styles you like the best. "Bring in photos of the types of dresses that inspire you," she adds. "Research the designers that the store you're visiting carries. You can never be too prepared!"

 

Finalize Your Budget

"Come into the store with a budget in mind, either just for the wedding dress or including alterations," adds Scott. "This will help your consultant find dresses that fall within a range you feel comfortable with." Remember that your consultant wants to be respectful of your budget, but they can only do so if you're forthcoming with that information.

 

Narrow Down Your Group

It's fun to try on wedding dresses with your nearest and dearest, but it's not the right time to invite your entire family and each of your bridesmaids. "When it comes to guests, less is more! Four to five is our capacity per fitting room, but this varies from store to store. Make sure to include all of the people you need to have with you to make your decision," says Scott. "If you do happen to find the dress, opinions can become overwhelming during initial appointments. We suggest you bring family and friends you value most so that we can focus on what the bride truly wants!"

 

Pack the Right Undergarments

While you're trying on dresses, it's a good idea to wear the kind of undergarments you think you'd like to wear on the wedding day. "If you'd like to bring Spanx or a strapless bra, the decision is yours! We just want to make sure that you have on whatever is most comfortable when trying on different styles of dresses," informs Scott.