Shopping for your wedding dress is supposed to be a super exciting time for any bride but you often hear about the stresses of the experience. It's true that it can be very emotional but there are some tips and tricks I can pass on to you from my years of experience:
Set a budget before going dress shopping. This will keep you grounded and give the retailer an idea of what gowns to pull out for you to try that will fit in with what you want to spend.
Start dress shopping 9-12 months prior to your wedding. This will allow for creation, tailoring and shopping.
Do some research prior to your appointments as to what style or shape dresses you like and that suit your body type. Don't get too caught up in the "rules" of dresses and body shapes - find something that you love and feel comfortable in.
Remember to keep in mind the time of year that you are getting married and the location. This could impact your choice for certain features on the dress.
Things to take with you to your appointments:
Any images you have saved on your phone of favourite gowns/ styles or designers.
Take the proper undergarments. Nude coloured underwear and a couple of different strap/less bras is sufficient.
If you have already bought shoes, make sure to bring them with you.
Make sure to choose your bride tribe carefully - you don't want anyone there whose opinion won't be honest and supportive. It is your day and is a big decision.
Most importantly, enjoy your day out shopping. Don't put excessive pressure on yourself to find the dress right away and trust your gut.