Don’t try telling us you haven’t had a Pinterest board full of wedding dresses since you signed up for the addicting app. No shame, we have several! It’s not all Pinterest boards and games though, wedding dress shopping can cause some serious stress. While Say Yes to the Dress is at the top of our list for guilty pleasure television, it’s not always realistic. Fear not, we’re here to give lovely ladies like yourself, real advice. Keep reading to learn how to navigate six common emotional stages dealt with while purchasing the dress of your dreams.
- Pinterest Dreamin’
We get it. The wedding dress images on Pinterest are endless and awe-inspiring. It’s hard not to pin every single beautiful image you scroll past. Consider this while you’re pinning away with hearts in your eyes — You have to choose one. Just one. Try deciding on a general style and only pin dresses that fit within that, making notes on what you like and dislike about each dress. You can then show your consultant your newly organized and detailed Pinterest board at your bridal salon appointment. She’ll thank you and you will find the perfect dress in no time.
Even if your mom can keep the naked baby photos to herself, you’re bound to have an embarrassing moment or two at your bridal salon appointment. I ripped a slip with my large tush, walked out of the dressing room with a dress completely unzipped and flashed my boobs to my consultant about 20 times. I survived (and found a great dress). If you run into similar situations just remember that it’s your day and to have fun! Finding a wedding dress (while important) is a matter best dealt with while wearing a smile.
And you thought cleaning up your Pinterest board was difficult! Just wait until you’re at your bridal salon appointment with five top favorite dresses. Mom has a favorite, your sister has a favorite, your bff has a favorite and you have a big decision to make. Too many opinions can make your decision difficult so take that into consideration when choosing who to take with you to your appointment. When it comes down to it, try on accessories with your favorite dresses. As a very visual person, this helped me visualize the final product and make a final decision.
When you finally decide what dress will be the dress, emotions can run high. For me it was just a relief. So while I didn’t cry and my mother certainly didn’t cry, I knew I made the right choice. Most bridal salons will make a special announcement of some sort that will make you feel like you’ve accomplished something huge (and you kinda have). At this point you should be feeling confident in your choice and happy that you are one step closer to marrying the man of your dreams!
5. Cold Feet
That clarity you felt at your bridal salon appointment may eventually waver. What if you didn’t try enough on? Should you have gone with the first one? Is there a better dress out there that you haven’t seen yet? These are all questions that will race through your mind amidst the stress of wedding planning. You may call mom. You may have a short cry. It’s probably nothing a little reassurance from mom can’t help. If you have these thoughts consistently though, don’t be afraid to reach out to your bridal salon to see what your options are.
6. The Big Day
The emotional rollercoaster you went through will all be worth it when your soon-to-be spouse see’s you for the first time on your wedding day. You will likely never wear something more expensive, beautiful and special so soak it up! It’s not likely you will wear this dress again so hire a photographer you trust to capture all the beautiful moments of your special day.
Did you experience any of these emotions while buying your dress? What was your favorite part of wedding dress shopping? Let’s start a conversation in the comments below!