For recently engaged brides, we often find they’re unsure what to find at their first appointment—what do you bring? Should you come with ideas of what you want, or can you figure it out in the store? These are questions that we get asked frequently, so we’re going to break down a few things we think all brides should know before coming to the salon for the first time.
Set Your Budget
We think the best thing you can do for yourself is to have your budget set before you come into the store for the first time. There’s nothing worse than falling in love with a dress, realizing you can’t afford it, and then struggling to find something that lives up to the gown you loved—which is exactly why you should come with a budget! Tell your consultant your budget, and they’ll be sure to not pull any dresses you can’t afford so you don’t have to stress about it during your appointment.
Come With Inspiration (But Stay Open-Minded)
It’s always a good idea to look at Pinterest or a few bridal magazines to get a sense of what kinds of dresses you may want to try on. Showing some inspo photos to your consultant will help her pull dresses she thinks you’ll like, and will give her a better idea of your sense of style. While bringing inspiration is key, we also remind brides to stay open-minded. Plenty of women come in the boutique seeking a certain silhouette or style only to fall in love with something completely different—so it’s always a good idea to try on a few things out of your comfort zone to be sure!
We love hosting your guests at the appointment! It’s always nice to have a second opinion when you’re making a tough decision, and you’ll love having your friends and family there to celebrate and share in your joy when you find the dress. However, try to be picky about who gets to come with—if you have too many opinions, they can drown out your own, and it is your wedding dress, after all.
Our last piece of advice is to not come to your appointment with no makeup and a messy bun. By no means do you need to make yourself fully done up the way you will on your wedding day, but coming with your hair styled and a touch of makeup will make a huge difference in your ability to picture yourself in the dress on your wedding day, and could be the difference between a “maybe” and a “this is the one1”