On Sunday, I said yes to the dress of my dreams. I had two dress appointments last weekend to start my dress journey. I only made two appointments because I knew I wanted to keep my dress shopping to a minimum. I felt like the more dresses I tried on, I would begin to get confused or second guess my decisions.
I bought my wedding dress at Lulu’s Bridal Salon. Lulu’s was the ultimate wedding dress shopping experience.
At Lulu’s, they wanted to know my price range, style of wedding, style of the dress I was looking for, etc. prior to my appointment. This allowed for no confusion at the beginning of the appointment. From there my whole bridal party went shopping! We got to look through racks and racks of gowns to find out favorites. We went a little crazy and picked 11 dresses. When we came back in our private room, I chose my top two gowns I wanted to try on first. Sharon, my consultant was very knowledgeable and very patient. She truly cared about finding the perfect dress for me and was in no hurry to get me in and out.
The previous day I found a dress I liked at the other salon, but I liked it and didn’t love it. That wasn’t the feeling I wanted when finding my wedding dress. When I put the first dress on at Lulu’s, I got all jittery inside and felt like a bride. I could not stop smiling and everyone in my party got the gasp feeling when I was unveiled. We tried on the other 10 dresses and we kept comparing every dress to the first one. We put the first dress back on at the end, and I said YES to the DRESS!
From there, measurements were taken and bills were paid. They were very thorough in measuring and the payment process as well as explaining alterations and the ordering time.
I didn’t really know what I was getting into when dress shopping and in no way am I an expert, but below are some tips they may help you.
- Keep your dress judges small.
- I had three lovely ladies join me (my mom, Maid of Honor, and one bridesmaid). I think if I had any more people there would be too many opinions.
- Wear something similar to your color scheme.
- I wore a skirt in the pattern my bridesmaids are wearing, so I was able to hold my skirt up and see how the bigger picture would look.
- Start with a lower price point and go up from there.
- Why pay more for something when you don’t have to? I had a max budget, but started significantly lower than that and ended up paying a lot less then my budget but still absolutely looooove my dress.