When you said yes, you knew you were about to embark on the wedding planning journey. What you may have overlooked was the fact that your close friends and family would be on the journey too, especially when it comes to your gown selection. Wedding gown shopping with friends and family is exciting, but it is also a task. Make sure your day remains special and that everyone is on the same page before you visit the boutique.
1. Make Your Invite List
Your mother, sister, or best friend might offer their suggestions about who you should invite shopping. You are not obligated to listen to their suggestions. You should instead make your own list. The reality is that you do not value each person's opinion equally when it comes to your gown and each person's personality does not always mesh well. Only invite who you deem important to be there.
2. Have an Idea What You Want
Your loved ones mean well, but they will innocently try to steer you in the direction of what they want, which may not be what you like. It is your day and you should feel comfortable and confident in your gown on your special day, so it is important for you to get what you want. From the shape of the dress to the color to the type of embellishments you want, if any, consider what you want beforehand.
3. Set Expectations
Remember, it is your day, so it is okay to set the rules for what you want. For example, you can let everyone know that only constructive criticism is allowed or if it is a free-for-all to say exactly what you feel. Whatever the tone of the day, it is up to you to determine what you want, so you can set whatever expectations you want.
4. Eat and Rest Before Your Day
The last thing you want to do is to be hangry on your gown shopping day. When you are hangry and tired, you will likely also be irritable. When you are irritable, it may be harder to manage your friends and family. Eat a good meal and rest beforehand. As a bonus, eating before you shop will help with the fit of the gown, as it will ensure the gown fit has the extra space you need to eat and feel comfortable on your special day.
Shopping with your loved ones does not have to be a chore. Follow these tips, remember why you are doing what you are doing, and enjoy your experience.