Finding the Dress of Your Dreams

Back of bride's dress holding her flowers at her wedding venue, Tivoli Italian Villa

Let’s be honest, when we go to a wedding we are all eager to see the bride walk down the aisle in her beautiful wedding dress! But for a bride finding the dress can be a lot of pressure. Is it too sparkly? Do I want to be traditional? What kind of straps do I want? Or do I want no straps at all?

Needless to say, there are a lot of details that go into picking out the dress of your dreams. So here are a few tips that may help you when you decide to go shopping for the perfect gown.

First, make several appointments. It doesn’t hurt to try on dresses at different stores. You can always go back if you think you found the one at the first appointment! The next thing to consider is who you are bringing to your appointment. It is always good to ask yourself if who you are bringing will make finding the dress everything you have dreamed or if it might make it a little too stressful. In my personal experience, having too many people there with me really overwhelmed me. I ended up finding my dress on a day that I wasn’t even planning on shopping for one – and it was just my me and my mom! Remember that everyone will have their opinions, but the one that matters is YOURS!

Another helpful tool before going into your dress appointments is checking out their websites or Pinterest! Having an idea of what they have and what you like going into the appointment makes it easier when they ask what you are looking for!

Once you have thought through all of those details and have set a budget you make it to your first appointment! I suggest that when they start pulling dresses for you to try on that you make sure they are staying within your budget. Unless it is a flexible budget it is safer to not try on anything over!

Now this is where it gets fun! Try on every style! At least once! You may just be surprised to find you love a style on your body that you had not thought of! Have an open mind, because you just never know. 🙂

Lastly, you will get this giddy feeling of excitement and love all at the same time! You will know when you have found the one! This does not mean you will have some doubts, but at this point you should spend some time in the dress. Try a veil! Really try to picture yourself walking down the aisle. Take in this entire moment! You are a beautiful bride who has found the dress of her dreams!

Some of my favorite Southern California wedding dress stores are:

Love and Lace Bridal Salon – www.loveandlacebridalsalon.com
Posh Brides SD- https://www.poshbridessandiego.com/
Monamie Bridal Salon – monamie.com
Grace Loves Lace – graceloveslace.com
Luv Bridal – luvbridal.com This is where I got my wedding dress!! 🙂

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Finding the Dress
Bride spinning on the beach wearing her boho style wedding dress
Lace wedding dress hanging on a stone wall
Bride's dress hanging on a door with flowers and shoes
Bride standing in her wedding dress laughing
Bride sitting in her wedding dress fixing her hair

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