So, you're engaged. CONGRATULATIONS!!! It's an exciting time in your life. There is so much joy and hope for whats to come. It can also be daunting thinking about what feels like an on-going to do list. Have no fear. I'm here for you.
When you start shopping for your gown, it is important that you do some research on what designers you're drawn to and what is available in your area. You may just find that the bridal salon in the next town over has a bunch of designers that you might like. Woo! It's also great to look through magazines and Instagram for designers that you're drawn to. One warning about Pinterest **some of the pins on there are gowns that do not exist in real life.** What does that mean? It could mean any of the following; the gown is many seasons old and no longer available from the designer, the gown was custom made for the runway or a private client, or the gown is made by a designer that is WAY over your ideal budget. Please, do not set up an unrealistic expectation for your gown.
Once you have either found some designers that you like or a salon that has the vibe you are looking for, set up an appointment with the store. I highly recommend that you visit no more than 3 stores. Why?! There is really so much out there that it is easy to get overwhelmed. There is always the chance of FOMO (fear of missing out) if you don't limit yourself down to a nicely curated selection of bridal salons that fit your vision and price point.(listen, I've seen the alternative ... the bride who has been to 10 stores and tried on over 100 dresses. she's not excited and basically over it. no on wants that.)
So to break it down:
1- do your research
2- narrow down where you want to go
3- don't be afraid of FOMO
Take a breath and know you're going to find a gown that makes you feel like you on wedding day! Go get 'em girl!