We scheduled appointments at three different places — one that was super fancy, one that was middle of the road, and one that offered a range of designers and prices. I went in with movies like Father of the Bride and Bridesmaids ringing around my head, not to mention swirling memories of dress shopping experiences past with friends who were brides-to-be. What I learned: The experience is less scary/intimidating and more Prosecco-flowing and fun.
First, the stylist is your lifeline. From the moment I got basically naked in front of her (and him at the last place), it was clear: This person is a wedding dress shopping game-changer. They zip you up, zip you down, fluff your train and cinch you in. In fact, my favorite dress was one that I never would have picked, but the stylist insisted I try it on. I also loved their efficient/all-business approach: No one gave me any faked “oohing” and “ahhing” — the dress went on, I gave my gut reaction and it was on to the next.
Going with family (and friends) is the best. Um, Say Yes to the Dress, you’ve ruined me. I was convinced it was a risk having multiple opinions in the same room. My mom and sister were super chill, helpful and — the best part — notetakers and photographers. Plus, they gave really detailed thoughts that helped me narrow down the most figure-flattering styles and cuts. (The one part of the show that’s true: The right dress will totally make your mom cry.)
Plan time for lunch… Oops, I scheduled three appointments back-to-back-to-back. The first one started at noon. The last one was at 3 p.m. So lunch was sort of a no-go. “We’ll bring snacks,” was my attitude going in, but we forgot them on the counter, so there you go.
…and time for a toast. We hit up Pair Wine & Cheese in Brooklyn for a bottle of Prosecco al fresco when we were done. We analyzed the pics, laughed about some of the crazy poofy dresses I tried on, and agreed — as the bubbles hit us a little too quickly — next time, lunch is a must.
Do you have any tips for wedding dress shopping? Would love to hear!