I have said this once and I’ll say it again… hiring a bridal consultant is necessary. Not just for the planning purposes or for the vendor connections, but for what your besties and family members won’t tell you. Here’s what your bridal consultant should tell you.
YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL
Wedding dress shopping can bring out insecurities in any bride. Feeling insecure is a common emotion to have, however the appointment should leave you feeling confident and beautiful. The right bridal consultant will recognize the features that make you unique and beautiful and she will not only find a dress to accentuate those features; she should vocalize that to you.
ADVICE ON THE PRICE OF THE DRESS
Some brides save up for their wedding dress for years. Others; have it paid for in full from a family member. No matter where you are financially, your bridal consultant should be very honest with you about the price of a dress. If you want to try on a dress that is out of our budget, your bridal consultant should kindly tell you so that you are mentally prepared. A bridal consultant is not there to trick you or make you feel bad. She should be making this financial decision as easy as she can for you. And if you insist on the price of the dress, she should help you deduct your budget allocation from another part of your budget.
YOU SHOULD TRY SOMETHING NEW
It’s common for a bride to be so set on a dress style before she has even walked into a bridal salon. That can be helpful for the appointment, however the right bridal consultant will push you out of your comfort zone and encourage you to try something a little different. You would be surprised at how many brides end up saying “yes” to a dress that’s opposite of what they originally thought they wanted.
IN TOUCH WITH YOUR FEELINGS
There are times in an appointment where your mom will not stop crying about how beautiful you look, your sister is making passive aggressive comments, and your grandma is noticing (and criticizing) your tattoo for the first time (sorry grandma)! So when a bridal consultant is alone with you in the dressing room, she should catch on to your emotions and ask you how you’re feeling. With so many exciting, and nerve-wracking emotions; someone needs to help you calm down when the entourage is getting exhausting, and who better to do it than the consultant.
IT’S TIME TO STOP LOOKING
Even after you have selected your wedding invitations, you may feel the need to keep searching the internet for something else. This can be a slippery slope and cause you to feel confused about what style you actually want. Your bridal consultant should tell you it’s time to stop looking and move on to other decisions that need to be made. When you find the invitations you love or a dress you love, (similar to when you find a significant other that you love) you do not keep looking. You may like characteristics in another dress (or person) but that does not mean you need to keep shopping around. When you have found the one you truly love, let that be the one.
THIS IS HOW TO BUSTLE THE DRESS
Trumpet, ball gown, sheath, or mermaid… each wedding dress silhouette bustles a little differently. Your bridal consultant knows how each dress shape bustles and she should be able to show you at your appointment. The bustle can make the dress look different in the back so it is important for you to know exactly how the dress will look at each moment of your wedding.
WHAT TO EXPECT POST PURCHASE
Each bridal salon has specific rules and details you will need to know after you have put the deposit down on your dress. Some have rules of when the full payment is due, others specify whether or not they will store the dress for you once the dress arrives, and whether or not they offer alterations services. No matter the rules and expectations, you will want to make sure you’re fully aware so that there are no surprises months later.
Shopping for a wedding dress is a special and exciting time for every bride. The right bridal consultant will make you feel prepared and beautiful, all while keeping the end goal in mind; helping you marry the person of your dreams.