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5 Must-Read Wedding Gown Shopping Tips | Michelle’s Bridal

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December 13, 2016

 

Good morning y’all! Oh do we have a treat for you BRIDES today… I am so excited for this post and so very honored that the sweet ladies at Michelle’s Bridal and Tuxedo said “YES!” to helping us out with today’s post! One of the things that Luke and I value so much is developing relationships with vendors in our area and beyond. We’re so passionate about connecting with vendors who care about their brides as much as we do, and that is SO true for the girls at Michelle’s Bridal! We had the opportunity to meet them and photograph their gorgeous shop back in the early fall, and ever since I’ve been wanting to ask them to come share some wedding gown shopping tips with you guys on the blog!

Well… today’s the day! The ladies at Michelle’s Bridal have put together their TOP FIVE tips for wedding gown shopping, and if the title of this post didn’t give it away, I would totally agree that these are some must-read tips! Enjoy, ladies! ????


1. Have a Vision

Take some time to think about what your dream dress may look like before your appointment. Browse Pinterest, check out our social media, and determine the look that you like… especially based on your wedding theme and location!

Lucky for you, we have developed a styling tool known as ‘Wedlooks’ which is available exclusively at Michelle’s Bridal. This tool allows our brides to piece together their wedding dress vision and send it along to their stylist in advance. Our highly trained stylists are then able to research and pull inventory based on your answers and their knowledge. This research before the appointment contributes to a win-win for everyone and makes finding your dress that much easier and most of all… ENJOYABLE! After all, who wouldn’t want to see what dresses a personal stylist would choose for them?

2. Limit your Entourage

Sometimes less is more! Even though we do not limit the number of guests you bring to an appointment, too many opinions can complicate how you feel and make your decision that much more difficult. In order to eliminate the feeling of being overwhelmed, bring the people whose opinions you value most and remember that this is your dress for your special day! Often times brides are happiest when they limit the guest count for their initial appointment and bring a larger group back with them to help finalize their accessories. It’s important that the bridal shopping experience remains special for you. We all have different tastes and preferences, that’s why our stylists work tirelessly to find YOU the look of YOUR dreams and will always consider your opinion first and foremost.

3. Bring an Open Mind

With your dress style vision in mind and your Wedlooks style profile complete, come to your appointment with confidence and an open mind about the options for your big day. More times than not, a gown can come in a variety of colors and can come with various alteration options to make it better than you could have ever expected! Your stylist has all the answers regarding colors, fabrics, and details that will bring your entire look together. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and give your honest feedback! Sometimes putting a dress on that you had no intention of ever trying can surprise you and you may just end up falling in love with it!

When you have an open mind and step a bit outside your comfort zone, it eliminates the fear of saying “yes” to your dream dress right away and can make it the most special moment ever! Trust us, we are experts. 😉

4. Accessorize

Don’t be afraid to accessorize! Our team is here to help you any way that we can and help you complete your look. Allow the stylists to add the perfect veil and jewelry to bring your vision together. We love our accessories and love to offer the opportunity for you to see them with your gown, it’s almost impossible to purchase accessories without seeing if they will work well with your wedding gown. That’s a stress you don’t need on your special day, especially since we offer accessories for every look and price point. Remember… seeing the complete look can make you fall in love with your dress even more. Plus, who doesn’t love a one stop shop?!

5. Relax and Have Fun

This may be the most important tip we can offer! Often times, finding your bridal look is the most exciting part of the entire wedding planning process and it’s important that you remember to relax and allow yourself to have a fun experience. Whether you love to try on dresses or not, our team will strive to make your appointment as enjoyable as possible. Our girls are genuine and truly want you to be happy. When you come to our Shoppe, you are treated like family and we will go above and beyond for your satisfaction! When you say “yes” to your dress it’s as if our best friend said yes to hers.

If you are interested in even MORE fun, you should ask us about our champagne appointment experience. We are always happy to customize your experience, whether it’s during store hours or after, because we want you to have the best experience ever. When you trust your stylist, relax, and have fun, bringing your perfect wedding vision to life will be a piece of cake.


Were those tips so helpful or what?! You can connect with Michelle’s Bridal at the links below… let’s just say that following them on Instagram is SO fun, and we think you should take a peek at their adorable feed! Have a happy Tuesday!

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