Do’s and Don’ts for your Dress Appointment
Apr 28, 2016 03:32 PM Back
Some brides try on dozens of dresses, some need just one. But don't stress! There are a lot of ways to make this experience relaxed and memorable. As someone who talks to at least fifty brides a day right before they go into their first appointment at Kleinfeld, I have seen the best and worst ways to prepare for your appointment, and I am here to share...!
1. DO eat beforehand.
This is a shopping trip that may be tiring, physically and emotionally. Those dresses are heavy! Make sure that you have some brain fuel in your system before going into the store so that you're not literally swooning when it comes time to pay.
2. DO come in with a realistic budget.
You not only have to decide how much you can spend, but how much you're comfortable spending. Factor in what mom and dad or mother and father-in-law are going to fork over, not what they might pay once they see how beautiful you are. It's rare for someone to be so moved by the sight of taffeta that they are willing to go from a $4000 budget to an $8000 budget. Which leads me to my next DON'T...
3. DON'T try on dresses above your price point.
It's just a bad idea. Don't wrack yourself with guilt for spending too much or not being able to afford the extra beading. Make it more fun and try on dresses you can take home, factoring in shipping AND alterations costs.
4. DON'T bring more people than you need.
I have seen caravans of nineteen people show up ready to make themselves heard when it comes to judging your dress. I have also seen plenty of women come alone. Personally, I have trouble identifying with either camp. But you want to make your voice heard, and having more than three people offer their opinion can be exhausting and confusing for you and the consultant. Your guests and family will see your dress on the big day and think it looks beautiful no matter what. Don't bring everyone on a vacation to the store.
5. DO get excited about your dress.
Whether you're body-conscious (which we all are), money-conscious, or unenthusiastic about shopping in general, you should at least be honest about what you want. Get excited about the bride you are, whether you're having a destination wedding, a small ceremony in your parent's backyard, or a glitzy ball at the Plaza. This is one piece of the wedding that is all about you - enjoy it!
6. DON'T come in after brunch.
We know what's at brunch – bottomless mimosas. And we know what bottomless mimosas means! Save the celebratory drinks for after the appointment when you can make a toast to ending the dress hunt!
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