After your engagement, it’s key to start planning your wedding as soon as possible. There’s a lot more to think about that you initially realize: between coordinating a venue, decor, invitations, flowers, catering, entertainment, and more, you have your hands full. That’s why we always want to ensure our brides have a seamless experience at An Elegant Affair, so that it’s one less stressful part of planning. While we do work behind the scenes to prepare for your appointment, there’s a few small things you should know to make your appointment as seamless and stress-free as possible.
Find your venue
Before going shopping for your wedding dress, it’s important to have a date and venue set. Having your venue gives you a better idea of what your wedding day will look like. You’ll get a better vision of what you may want to do with decor, so finding your wedding dress becomes a lot easier. Knowing the date also helps you plan for weather—you’d likely choose different dresses for a winter and summer weddings, for example.
Set a Budget
Another key component of your shopping experience, it’s important you set a budget beforehand. This prevents you from overspending, and helps you narrow down the selection of dresses you’re choosing from. Telling your stylist your budget also ensures she’ll never pull a dress over budget, so you don’t have to stress about accidentally loving a dress you can’t afford.
An easy way to help you stylist (and in turn, yourself) is to have a few ideas for inspiration before your appointment. Check out dresses on Pinterest and in bridal magazines before your appointment and give your stylist an idea of dresses you may like. This doesn’t need to be too specific—you can easily just tell her you prefer lace or find yourself draw to a certain silhouette. This gives her somewhere to start when pulling dresses for you to try on.
Bring Your Friends
Lastly, bring your friends! Having a group to help you decide if you’re torn between two dresses can be very reassuring, and it’s fun to have friends there to celebrate when you finally choose your dress. However, we recommend you keep your group size limited, so that you don’t get overwhelmed at the sheer amount of opinions being thrown at you. Remember that the final decision is yours, since it’s your wedding.