I think it’s safe to say, that the most important part of a wedding (besides the fact that you’re getting married, obviously) is the wedding dress. This is the dress that we’ve all envisioned ourselves wearing when we were 5 years old & dreaming of our wedding. This is the only dress that will stand out above all other dresses that we will ever wear. This is the dress that we’ll be wearing in the pictures that we’ll stare at for the rest of our lives.

Not only was getting my wedding dress HUGE in light of the wedding planning process but it was one of the most joyful + enjoyable days of my lives, that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. My number one tip for any bride that is getting prepped for going wedding dress shopping is just have fun. Thankfully, I was blessed enough to get my wedding dress at the first store I ever went to, but if you’re not able- don’t get down! There are thousands of wedding dresses + tons of wedding dress boutiques out there so remain joyful + happy & know that you will eventually find your perfect wedding dress. 

Just because I’ve gotten one wedding dress definitely doesn’t mean I know what I’m doing by any means! But, I did want to go over some tips that I wish I would have known prior to going to my dress fitting. These little tips will help make sure that you’re wedding dress shopping goes as smoothly as possible! – because who want’s added stress on top of all that wedding planning?

WHO DO YOU TAKE WITH YOU?

Some bridal boutique’s have a suggested limit as to how many people you’re able to bring with you to your fitting. This “max count” varies between boutique but they’re also flexible because they have this suggested max limit for your well being & so you’re not overwhelmed! When I was first getting ready + making appointment, I was so confused because of this max guest count but after talking to a few different consultants they reminded me that it’s solely there so that way the bride isn’t getting 500 opinions from her 50 siblings + friends that wanted to come to her dress fitting! (how do you say no??)

Where I got my dress, they had a guest limit of 3 people, but they were happy to make exceptions when I called before hand! I told them that I was wanting my grandma + future mother in law to come and of course they had no problem with it! All together, I brought my mom, grandma, maid of honor- Joy, bridesmaid- Isabel, and my future mother in law! (Plus, we had like 5 people on FaceTime! haha) This was the best group I could have ever asked for!

My tip for who to bring with you is to bring people who are going to be encouraging, honest, but not critical! You want your friends + family to tell you if you honestly don’t look good in a dress that you’re trying on but you also want them to allow you to decide if you like the general idea of a dress on your own. Be open to suggestions but remember that they’re suggestions, ultimately it’s about what you’re going love on your wedding day!

WHERE DO YOU GO TO TRY ON DRESSES?

I went to Grace Loves Lace in Los Angeles, CA. For years, I had seen tons of their dresses on instagram but for a while they were based solely out of Australia + had their online store, which I thought was such a bummer because the dresses were stunning! But as soon as I got engaged, I realized that they had just opened up a store front in Los Angeles- so I knew I had to try wedding dresses at Grace Loves Lace.

 

My tip on where to go to try on dresses- Try to limit your options. Does that sound weird? Let me explain!
If you’re able to go on a dress boutique’s instagram or find boutique’s with online stores and catalogs, find boutiques with styles that you like! In the wedding dress shopping process, it can be hard because the more dresses you try on the more confused that you’re going to get! All of that to say- if you know that a boutique has one (or more) dresses that you already love + could see yourself getting married in, go there first!

Originally, when I was scheduling out my fitting appointments, I had scheduled two- Grace Loves Lace and The Lovely Bride. The Lovely Bride has STUNNING dresses + a ton of different vendors but I realized that I knew Grace Loves Lace had dresses that I could see myself wearing on my wedding day so I told myself that there was no point on trying a ton of excess dresses!
& I’m so glad I made that decision!!

it’s safe to say.. 1. I wasn’t feeling the pictures 2. I forgot I was writing up this blog post so I didn’t take any decent pictures. 

WHAT DO YOU TRY ON?

The best thing to do prior to going to try on dresses- find some inspiration on instagram or pinterest! Finding inspiration can definitely help eliminate some stress if you at least know what type of style you’re wanting to get! Granted, remember that inspiration is just that, inspiration– get inspired from it but realize that you’re not looking for that exact thing! The funniest thing is that I went in having one thing that I was almost completely sure that I was going to get & got the opposite.

My tip for what dresses to try on is to have some general ideas of what you’re looking for but remember that you’re not tied down to that style! It’s okay to get something different that you didn’t originally plan on getting. When you’re trying wedding dresses on the most important thing to ask yourself is, “Can I see myself getting married in this?”. This is the question that I asked myself on every dress and it’s what helped me the most of narrowing down the dress that I’m going to wear when I marry the love of my life!

SAYING YES TO THE DRESS BROUGHT TEARS TO EVERYONE WHO WAS THERE — This was the picture that Joy & I took immediately after I realized that I had found the dress I was gonna wear. Tears +all, this was the best picture we could get because I had my wedding dress on!

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Thank you babes for reading about the most spectacular day of saying yes to the dress! I can’t wait to finally show all you babes my gorgeous gown. I hope these tips help you babes before going to your dress fitting + I would love to hear some of your tips! Be sure to stay tuned to our wedding series because we have a lot of fun post’s coming up!

xo, 

JOY & JUSTI