10 Tips for a Successful Bridal Salon Appointment

Photo by: Yolande Marx via Southbound Bride | Dress by Pearl & Ivory

One of the things I hear brides stress over the most is shopping for the wedding dress. Is there enough time to find the perfect one? Will I find the one I want? How does a bridal salon work? No worries, darling! I've got some tips to help you get the most out of your wedding dress shopping experience.

1. Make an appointment.
When you make an appointment with a bridal salon, you get better one-on-one service and won't have to cull the racks yourself. If possible, try booking during the week or early morning on the weekend. Keep in mind that weekend hours are the busiest.

Also, don't overbook yourself. Each appointment lasts between 60 and 90 minutes and if you're hustling from one appointment to the next you'll get frazzled and might not even remember what you tried on.

2. Eat something before you go.
There's no sense in starving yourself so you can "fit" into the dresses. You definitely don't want to pass out and ruin the whole day. Bring a bottle of water, too. The lights can get hot and you'll be making quite a few changes, so stay hydrated.

3. Be on time.
Dress consultants will thank you. Plus, if you have a few appointments to go to in a day, you'll want to keep yourself on time. Feeling rushed will only lead to frustration.

4. Wear proper underthings.
A strapless bra and seamless, nude-colored undies are ideal. And remember that someone will be in the dressing room with you, so if you don't want to flash your helper, wear undies that cover your bum.

5. Wear your hair up.
It'll help you get a clearer view of the gown's neckline.

6. Wear the right size heel.
Wear shoes similar to the ones you'll wear on your wedding day so you can get a feel for where the dress will hit.

7. Have a vision.
Have an idea of what you want your dress to look like. This includes style, shape, attitude, and feel. Bring pictures and think of keywords to use like beachy, romantic, modern.

8. Bring someone whose opinion you respect and trust.
No more than three people. A large group will likely confuse you with too many opinions.

9. Try on different silhouettes.
Keep an open mind and try on each dress the consultant brings you. You never know what you'll fall in love with. And sometimes what looks drab on the hanger can actually look stunning on a bride.

10. Save choosing your dream dress for another day.
Have whoever's with you take photos of you with each dress on (make sure it's okay with the bridal salon first). Look over the photos at the end of the day and think about which dress you like most. If you give yourself time between dress appointments, you're less likely to have buyer's remorse.

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