How To Turn Wedding Dress Shopping Into An Event To Remember

Posted on: 17 July 2015

Popular reality TV programs about wedding planning have given way to new traditions for brides-to-be. Among those is hosting a bridal shopping event for you, your family and your bridal party. Here are a few tips to help create the perfect dress shopping event for your special day.

Book Time With A Bridal Consultant

While bridal shops, such as Bridal Elegance, do allow walk-ins for browsing, not all allow people to try on dresses without advanced notice. Book a time to meet with a consultant several weeks ahead of time. This gives your family and bridal party a chance to clear their schedules for the day to be with you. If you have family coming in from out of town, consider scheduling the appointment a few months ahead of time. Be sure to limit the group to those people who will be in the wedding, including the mother of the groom and mother of the bride. Too many people at the event can be overwhelming.

Head To The Salon

Invite your guests to a trip to the salon before you head to your wedding dress appointment. Have everyone get their hair styled as they might for your wedding day. This will ensure that all the pictures you take while trying on dresses will look perfect for your wedding scrapbook. If you can't decide on a dress, you can use the pictures to get a better idea of what you will look like on your wedding day. The trip to the salon could also give you the chance to bond with your future husband's mother and sisters.

Make Plans For Lunch Or After-Shopping Cocktails

Despite what the movies might show, most bridal shops don't allow champagne or wedding cake samples in the store. The reason for this is simple; they don't want to risk damaging the gowns. Instead, choose a place to have lunch and a few mimosas or pre-dinner cocktails with your group. You can dish about which dresses you loved or hated, and get a jump start on more wedding planning.

Give Out Gifts To Your Group

Say thank you to everyone who comes with you as you try on wedding dresses. Whether you choose a piece of jewelry or a gift certificate for the spa, a gift that can be used during your wedding weekend is a great way to show your appreciation while helping your bridesmaids to save a little bit of money on your event. You may even want to consider a gift card for the bridal shop to help cover the cost of your bridesmaids' dresses.

Finding the perfect wedding dress is one of the most important parts of planning your special day. Turn dress shopping into a memorable event to share with those closest to you by following these helpful tips.


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