10 Of My Best Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

Recently, I went on a quest to find the perfect wedding dress for my big day! – Now, in my case, it’s not so much a “big day” but a weekend celebration with close friends and family. Either way, I still wanted a dress that was BOMB!

– Now shopping for a wedding dress sounds fun, I mean is fun…. ๐Ÿ˜‰ -LOL. You know what I mean, you get all excited but soon anxiety sets in. – What if it’s CRAZY expensive? When should I start looking, and what style do I like? Who’s opinion do I really want to hear…?

Don’t stress girl! – I got you! I put together 10 of my best wedding dress shopping tips to make it easy for you!

1. Set A Budget

I know exactly what you did as soon as he popped the question -PINTEREST! Your fingers couldn’t pin those princess, diamond encrusted dresses fast enough. – Let’s pause and determine what YOU are willing to spend on a dress. Match your expectations and reality.

2. Your Bride Tribe

Make sure your support system is positive, knows what YOU like, and are people you feel comfortable around. Always ask the salon ahead of time how many people they allow, my salon was pretty small. Also, don’t feel guilty for not inviting people. This day is about you, and they should understand that sometimes more people means more distractions.

3. Don’t Go In Your Birthday Suit

-What do I mean by this you ask? Simple, make sure you wear the appropriate undergarments. Nude colors are always a good choice. My bridal consultant made a joke about how happy she was that I even had underwear on! Come on ladies! Your bra on the other hand will more than likely come off. -It is what it is.

4. Start Shopping A Year In Advance

Most shops will have to order your dress. For example; My dress is taking 5 months to come in! That is 2 months before my wedding, talk about stressful! So you want to make sure you start shopping early.

If you can’t shop that early for whatever reason be prepared to pay a little extra to rush orders. Or you may have to stick with off the rack purchases.

5. Size Ain’t Nothing But A Number

– Just get over it right now. Wedding dress sizes are COMPLETELY different than regular dresses, clothing, etc. If your stylist comes in with bigger sizes, trust that she knows what she’s doing. – You’re NOT fat I promise.

Don’t freak out if you can’t button the dress all the way either. Sample dresses go through the ringer and are never anyone’s size. – Let’s be honest here.

6. Remember Your Venue / Location

Let’s do some math here. – Summer + Hot = Sweat. Make sure you keep the time of year and location in mind when choosing your gown. Stay away from ball gowns and lots of fabric if your big day is an outdoor wedding in the middle of the summer. Since my wedding is in the middle of the desert I went with a lighter fabric. -Did I just give a clue?! (Instagram followers will know what’s up!)

7. Photoshoot It

Take pictures in the dresses you like. This will help if you don’t end up making a decision while at the salon. You can always go back and look through the photos. The dresses start to look the same, so little details will get lost. Photos will help you see them better.

– ASK IF PHOTOS ARE ALLOWED. Be respectful of the salon. In my case no photos were allowed until you said yes to the dress!

8. Describe Your Style

You want to make sure you communicate to your stylist how you want to look. -Unfortunately, no one can read your mind. For me it was “romantic, simple & light.” If you have pictures that works too!

9. Do Some Research

You don’t have to spend a ton of time online, but knowing what styles will flatter your body type is extremely helpful. You may love a mermaid style, but it may not be the best fit for you. Be open to try on different styles.

10. Don’t Be Afraid To Say Yes To The Dress.

I said yes to the second dress I tried on! Of course I tried more on before I eventually said yes, but it gave me the “feels” as soon as I put it on. -Even if it’s the 1st dress you try on, that’s ok!

Wedding consultants really do listen, and they already have a dress in mind before you’re done talking. “The one” is a real thing and it’s ok to say yes to that.

Happy Shopping!

Always,

Tara

3 Tips For the Newly Engaged

Hello everyone & Happy Sunday!

Today, I wanted to talk about some tips for the soon to be bride and groom since so many of you were interested in our wedding planning! I’ve been engaged now for two months ( which is crazy to me!) and since the holidays are over, wedding planning is in full force!

However, I know this can be a stressful time for some so I’m going to share some of my tips to help sort your thoughts and relieve some of that anxiety you are probably feeling. Hey- by now means am I stress free over here, but I’m learning that organization is key to the madness!

Keep Your Engagement Quiet

WHAT?! Is probably the first word out of your mouth right now, BUT I promise you will thank me later! You don’t have to keep it on the down low forever, but I do suggest that you take time to enjoy this moment between you and your new fiancรฉ. Personally, when we got engaged we only told our immediate family members and close friends (who we told to keep it off Facebook).

We did eventually make a public post, but it was nice to have a “secret” that only a few knew about. Also, keep in mind once you share this exciting news, you will get a ton of questions! Make sure you are ready.

Start Thinking About A Date

Here we go – You are now engaged and everyone wants to know when the big day is! You don’t have to lock in a day right away, however, I do suggest getting an idea of what season, time frame, etc. Take into consideration how long you’ve been dating. For example, if you’ve been dating for three years or less, you might want a full year engagement (saving & planning).

For us, we have been together for five years, ( six by the time we get hitched) so a full year engagement is not on the agenda. But, I am still giving us time to save and plan. Which leads me into my next tip.

Determine What Type of Wedding You Want

This might be the most important. Do you want traditional, destination, or an elopement? Now that I think about it, you might want to do this first – LOL. The reason is because the type of wedding you want will most likely determine your budget and guest list. Don’t be afraid to do what you want either. People who want to celebrate with you will be there no matter what you choose, and that’s all that matters.

To give you a little scoop – We have decided to do a mix between elopement & destination. Our guest list is small, 15 total and I couldn’t be more excited! We didn’t want to go into debt, and both of us have lost important people in our lives. Since they are not here physically, and with no one to walk me down an isle, our decision was mutual. This is not meant to make you sad either! I just want you to know if you are in a similar situation, its perfectly fine and normal if you feel the same!

If you are single and still reading this post, YOU ROCK! Don’t worry, one day you will be in the same boat and you now you have three great tips to reference back to! Until then, just have fun and enjoy life! Time moves fast so make sure you travel, hang-out with friends, and learn about yourself!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post – I can’t wait to share more with you about our wedding festivities! Make sure you are subscribed to the blog – They see it first! Head over to my Instagram as well for real life moments!

Always,

Tara