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Tips for a Stress-Free Wedding Dress Shopping Experience

First of all, the most impor­tant thing to know is that wed­ding dress shop­ping should be FUN! It’s a time for you, the bride, to feel inten­tion­al­ly cel­e­brat­ed and like the most beau­ti­ful ver­sion of your­self. It’s no small thing to find the dress you’re going to become a wife in and we want that to be one of your favorite mem­o­ries from your wed­ding plan­ning process.

Here at Twirl Bou­tique, we always tell brides not to over­think their dress choice and don’t “over­shop” them­selves because if you give your­self too many options, you’re going to have deci­sion paral­y­sis and make the whole process more stress­ful than it ever need­ed to be.

wedding dress hanging up

To help pre­vent that, plan to shop at 1–3 bridal bou­tiques, while know­ing that you may very well only need one appoint­ment because it’s total­ly nor­mal to find “the one” dur­ing your first time shop­ping, and bring no more than 4–6 peo­ple with you to your appoint­ments. Going into your wed­ding dress shop­ping expe­ri­ence this way helps you to not feel over­whelmed with opin­ions and your expe­ri­ence is all about YOU.

We want you to set your­self for suc­cess when it comes to dress shop­ping so we say less is more across the board. Less peo­ple in your entourage, less appoint­ments so you aren’t over­whelmed with a mil­lion options, and less expec­ta­tions so that you can be open to all that the amaz­ing mem­o­ries your expe­ri­ence can give you!

Don’t put the pres­sure on your­self or oth­ers to have moments like you’ve seen on “Say Yes to the Dress” but just be open and present in your own appoint­ment. Com­par­i­son is the thief of joy and that applies to your dress shop­ping expe­ri­ence just as much as it does to every oth­er thing in your life.

bridesmaids adjusting bride's train

Guest Blogger: Liz Cox

Not only is Liz the Man­ag­er and Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor of Twirl Bou­tique in Lex­ing­ton, KY, but also the co-own­er of their sis­ter store and sam­ple shop, Meant to Be Bou­tique. When she isn’t mak­ing brides’ dreams come true, Liz inter­views incred­i­ble indi­vid­u­als like Hay­ley Paige and Ben Hig­gins on her pod­cast, “Twirl Talk.” With five years of expe­ri­ence in the indus­try, Liz is a trust­ed bridal expert with so much knowl­edge to share.

Fea­tured image by Kay Kroshus

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