Prom Dress or Puffy Sleeves?
While I enjoy shopping, wedding dress shopping seemed daunting. Why? Because I had no idea what I was looking for. I had several concerns. I didn’t want to appear as if I was a teeny-bopper wearing a prom dress. I also didn’t want to be engulfed in an outdated 70’s style ball gown. Where is the middle ground? It’s difficult to start, so I’ll share my experiences.
The Gown Store
My best friend Morgan Girard and I went to The Collection Bridal in Winter Park, Florida. I didn’t expect that the first gown store I’d visit would have couture labels. Trying on amazing gowns then finding out the price is outside of my budget was a bit sad. I truly appreciate the quality of the gowns and the level of unique design.
I did not make an appointment to be seen, however, there was an associate who was free and was able to fit me in. The majority of bridal stores do require appointments, which I didn’t realize before I arrived.
The long-sleeve lace isn’t really my style, but I HAD to try one. I am very into the long-sleeve trend, but the lace didn’t fit my style. So one dress down, and I still haven’t figured out what my style is. The sales associate kept asking, romantic or traditional? How am I supposed to know, if I haven’t tried on dresses before??? The only thing I could do is be totally honest. I explained my clothing style, then explained what I didn’t want to wear. Detailing the list of dislikes might have been the most helpful.
Did I say Yes to the Dress?
No. But, I did say yes to a few inspirational ideas! Dress shopping was incredibly insightful. I truly enjoyed spending time with my bestie pal and realizing which styles fit well, and what I love on my body shape. While I didn’t fall in love with a gown while shopping in Orlando, I have found “the one”!
Tips for Wedding Gown Shopping
- Research the price range of available gowns at each store you plan to visit. Or, unlike I did, do any form of research before shopping for gowns.
- Take a wedding personality quiz to find out what type of wedding style you might have. Obviously, the results might not be the end all be all. But, it could be a good starting place.
- If you can’t articulate what you want in a dress, make a list of what you don’t want
Whether you’re looking for a wedding gown or not, hopefully my experience inspires you. I’d love to hear about your thoughts or experience in the comments below!