When you’re invited to a wedding dress shopping appointment, your first instinct might be to panic. You may feel as if you’re unprepared, especially if you’ve never been to a formal dress shopping experience before. Your mind may also start to race with ideas of what you should bring with you. Your friends may have mentioned that the store sells their dresses cheaper if you bring a friend. You might even be worried about the etiquette involved in visiting a wedding dress shop as a guest. It can be scary and nerve-wracking, but the good news is that you don’t need to bring much to a wedding dress shop. You can bring yourself and your sense of curiosity. That being said, this may not be the time to try out that crazy new trend in clothes that you’ve wanted to try out for ages. Here are a few things that you should bring with you when you visit a formal dress shopping appointment as a guest:
A semi-formal outfit
The dress shop will likely ask you to change into a semi-formal outfit for the appointment. To be on the safe side, bring an outfit as if you were going to a business meeting or dinner party. Bring something like a blazer or trench coat in case the store doesn’t have an outfit for you.
An easy-to-move outfit
Dress shopping is a process that takes time. You may be in the store for a while and you need to stay comfortable. Your chosen outfit should be something that’s easy to move around in, but still looks good and presentable.
A handbag to match your outfit
A stylish handbag is a great way to complete your outfit. It can be hard to imagine what you’ll wear on the day of the wedding, so it’s important that you bring a bag that matches your entire outfit. If you have an idea of what color dress you’re looking for and what type of shoes you want to wear, then pack those in your handbag. It will make it easier when trying on dresses in the store.
Some shoes you feel comfortable in
It’s important to wear shoes that you feel comfortable in. You want to be able to walk around the store and try on different dresses. A good rule of thumb is to bring a pair of flats or flip-flops if you plan on wearing heels.
A friend or family member who’s experienced formal dress shopping
If you have a friend or family member who has been to a formal dress shopping appointment, it might be a good idea to bring them. They can help you to know what to expect and what your role is at the appointment.
A different perspective on the wedding dress styles
Different perspectives are always a good thing when it comes to shopping for clothes. Bring someone who can provide you with an outside perspective on the wedding dress styles. A close friend or family member who isn’t directly involved in the wedding is perfect for this.
If you’re having a hard time deciding
If you’re having a hard time deciding whether or not you should visit a wedding dress shop as a guest, chances are that the bride will appreciate your company. Most times, women feel more comfortable showing off their body in front of other women. Your presence may also be needed to help decide on the perfect dress for the occasion.
Dressier or more casual options for a wedding dress shopping appointment
If you have a dress that you think is appropriate, bring it with you. This will ensure that if the dress you purchase doesn’t come in your size, or if it doesn’t work out for some reason, you can wear something to the appointment. If you don’t want to bring a dress of your own, or if you don’t want to risk bringing something too casual to the appointment, bring along a more formal and dressy outfit.
Don’t bring anything that you can’t easily remove. Even if it’s your favourite outfit or something that you feel most confident in, make sure that you can remove it before your appointment. You don’t want to spend hours trying dresses on, only to be stuck in a dress that you can’t remove. If you don’t feel comfortable removing a specific article of clothing during your appointment, then leave it on and come back after the appointment is over.
The Wedding Dress Shopping Process: A Guide for Guests
The dress shopping process can seem intimidating, especially if you’ve never been to a formal dress shop before. There are a few things that you should know before you go, though. This guide will outline what to expect at the wedding dress shopping appointment and the clothes that you’ll want to wear to make the process as easy as possible. First off, there are two types of dress shops that you may visit: off-the-rack or bridal gowns. If you’re visiting an off-the-rack store, take time to look through their catalogues for dresses in your size. If you’re visiting a bridal shop, it is important that you tell them when they ask how many people are in your party so they can seat everyone appropriately. At this point, the salesperson will usually ask if anyone has any preferences regarding style or color of dress and then they might ask each person who is in attendance what they want the short list of styles and colors to be. You should try on everything that makes it onto your short list until one of those dresses feels right or until someone else says “yes!” The salesperson may also encourage everyone present to help decide which one is best for the bride-to-be. Your job here is to have an open mind and trust your instincts!
A wedding dress shopping appointment is not an experience you want to go unprepared for. Remember to bring some of the items listed above and to go in with a clear idea of what you’re looking for. A wedding dress shopping appointment can take several hours, so don’t be surprised if it feels like a marathon. Make sure that you have a friend or family member you can turn to for advice and that you get inside the dress before you make your decision. The best way to make sure that you’ve done your homework is to look up some general information about the wedding dress shopping process beforehand, so that you know what to expect and can be better prepared for any surprises.