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Nov06

Ideas We Love: Plan a PEACEFUL Dress Shopping Experience

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Most everyone, including the very man she’s marrying, must wait to see a bride’s dress. So, selecting that dress is fantastically important to many brides, as is the peanut gallery they bring along with them.

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I was more the exception to the rule: When I shopped for the dress I wore to marry Justin, I was not in the same state as my family, and I pretty much had picked out my dress before I got there.  My entourage was mostly along for the ride!

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Of course, those who bring a number of people dress-shopping may be bringing individuals whose tastes and expectations differ. So how does a bride keep the peace?

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Though I didn’t know much from personal experience, I knew I had a wedding planner friend who would!

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The key to a successful shopping experience is a great sales associate, said Maria Kovacevich, owner of Elegant Events by Maria who has helped her own clients dress-shop. An associate should be on hand to remind your guests that this is your day and your gown, she said.

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“People should listen to what the bride loves,” she advised. So even if your sister or best friend is standing before you in something that wouldn’t be your “wow” dress, support her if it’s apparent it might be hers.

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What if you really doubt that someone who’s asking to tag along will support you in this way?  Make an excuse and incorporate that person in a different way. Explain, for example, that the bridal store’s policy limits the size of your group.  Perhaps the person who wants to go shopping, but can’t, can help with something else.

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Other dress-shopping advice:

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  • Have some idea of what you want the overall feel of your wedding to be – vintage?  Modern? Also, know your budget. Both are pieces of information that help your dress consultants do their job.
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  • Research the shop you’re visiting, including price points and designers carried.  Take a list of styles you know you want to try on, as well as a list of must-have and like-to-have features and details.
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  • Also, try sharing your expectations for the day with the person whose opinion tends to be more loudly conveyed.
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  • And my own advice: If there’s someone with whom you want a closer relationship — maybe your FMIL? — inviting her to share the experience with you is a great strategic move.

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As with anything that precedes a wedding, remember to have fun!!!  Each of these little pieces and parts of planning your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and they fly by.  Remember to make them what you want.  It’s important, along the way, to remind yourself why you invited the people you did, why you cherish their involvement, even if their taste in dresses leans left of yours.

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Looking for something a little different in your gown in a relaxing boutique environment?  Check out Something White A Bridal Boutique in Independence.  They specialize in vintage-styled and otherwise quirkily non-traditional dresses that fit many Something New Brides sense of independent style.  We’d shared several clients over the past couple of years (including Karin Kurtz VanCure, one of the shop’s owners), so there’s definitely a connection in taste, there!!!

 

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