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Our top 5 wedding dress shopping tips

We know wedding dress shopping can be stressful, so we want to help ease some of that stress and make this process FUN and ENJOYABLE for you and your guests!


Keep an open mind

We love when our brides come in with ideas of things that they like and don’t like. We even suggest pinning dresses from our Pinterest Boards before your appointment! But, being open to the idea that you may fall in love with something else is critical to having an amazing dress shopping experience! Finding your wedding dress is kind of like falling in love…. You can make a check list of the things you want in your future significant other, but when you find the right person, suddenly they become the new list and it doesn’t matter what was on the old list because it just feels right!


be open and honest

Love it? Hate it? Please do not be afraid to be open and honest with your bridal consultant and your friends and family during your bridal appointment. The more you can share with us about what you love and don’t love, the easier our job is to find you the perfect dress! Don’t worry about sounding silly or negative, we take all feedback as positive feedback to help guide us to finding you the dress that makes you feel the most like you! After all, this is the most self-expressive garment that you will ever wear.


Bring people who will support you

Now that you know that you are shopping for the most self-expressive garment that you will ever wear, we feel it is important to remind you to only bring friends and family with you who are able to support you in your choices vs. being there to offer “opinions”. Sometimes brides and their guests have different visions, but ultimately, the brides vision is the only thing that should matter because it is your day! You want to be surrounded by people who love you dearly and have your best interests at heart.


shop early

We recommend ordering your wedding dress at least 8-12 months before your wedding. It absolutely does not take that long for your dress to be made, however it is always less stressful to have buffer time and to be able to take advantage of all options offered to you! Wedding dresses can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months to ship and we won’t know how long your dress will take until you have chosen it and chosen from all of the options (length, color, size, etc.) and then we check what the designer has available. You always want extra time for any “what ifs” that can come up! You also need to plan on 2-3 months for alterations.

Now if you didn’t know this, or are having a short engagement, we are still able to accommodate your needs on a shorter timeline! We have tons of dresses in stock available for purchase and the designers that we work with are amazing at keeping inventory on hand for quick shipping. But that does mean that options will be more limited and it will be best to keep an open mind!


be prepared to find your dream dress

You know how most people find the love of their life when they least expect it? That is SO true with finding your wedding dress too! A majority of our Heart to Heart Brides will tell you that they found their wedding dress at their first visit to Heart to Heart Bridal. Sometimes it is even the very first dress you try on, and that is OK!! Embrace it, don’t over think it!

Being ready for that to happen and expecting it to happen will make the wedding dress shopping process so much easier for you! We recommend booking your appointment when you are ready for the magic to happen.

A few recommendations:

  • If you can’t say yes without Mom, make sure Mom can come.

  • If you don’t have your finances in order, wait until you do.

  • If you don’t want to store your dress for a year, wait until it gets a little closer to your wedding.

  • If you need to envision the whole picture, go get your hair and makeup done before your appointment!

Bottom line is, think about what you need in that moment to be able to embrace it, and make it happen. Because that moment only comes once in a lifetime and you don’t want to miss it!


All photography provided by Callie Lauren Photography