Finding the wedding dress of your dreams is an exciting journey that will soon become a memory you hold close to your heart for the rest of your life. At Carrie Karibo Bridal Boutique, we are honored to play a role in your love story, and helping brides feel gorgeous on their wedding day is our favorite part of the job. To ensure you get the most out of your bridal appointment, we have gathered a few tips to help guide you through wedding dress shopping:
Dress for Your Vision
The first few things to consider are the venue, season, and theme of your ceremony. Having a vision of your special day will help you determine the ideal fabric, cut, and style of your gown in relation to the setting that you will wear it in. For example, colder climates may encourage you to lean towards gowns with more coverage, while summer affairs may call for lighter, more breathable fabrics.
Keep an Open Mind
We know you probably have a Pinterest board and Instagram screenshots full of inspiration, and you are more than welcome to share these with us so that we can get a sense of your personal style. We recommend that you do your research on different designers and bridal aesthetics to help you build a clearer picture of what you are looking for. That being said, try to keep an open mind when trying on wedding dresses. You may just fall in love with something completely unexpected.
When you come in for your appointment, we recommend that you wear nude or white-toned undergarments to minimize the possibility of these pieces distracting from the look and feel of the dresses. A clean, smooth foundation is ideal for bridal fittings, so opt for strapless intimates that are free of bulky textures or embellishments for the best results.
Minimal Hair & Makeup
When you are getting ready for your appointment, keep your hair and makeup to a minimum. This will allow the dresses to truly take the spotlight, as well as lessen the possibility of your cosmetics products transferring onto the dresses and leaving challenging blemishes.
From trying on dozens of dresses to finalizing your alterations, wedding dress shopping can take much longer than you may expect. Remember, the gorgeous gown you will end up selecting will be a high-quality garment that your designer will carefully craft just for you, so it is important that you build a schedule that allots time for ordering samples, shipping, alterations, and flexibility for any last-minute mishaps. The last thing you want is to feel rushed or anxious throughout such a memorable, special journey, so it is never too early to start shopping.
Pick Your Squad Right
One of the best ways to have an exciting wedding dress shopping experience is to invite a few of your closest friends and family members to join you at your appointment. Your loved ones will offer their trusted, invaluable opinions, and celebrate alongside you once you have found your perfect fit. That being said, to ensure our brides have positive appointments free from the weight of too many opinions, we allow up to 6 guests per fitting. Please select who you bring along carefully.
Lastly, and most importantly, have fun! Wedding dress shopping is a memorable, joyful process that is entirely about celebrating your love story with cherished company. We hope you keep each of these tips in mind, but keep this final one close to your heart.
Ready to find the wedding dress you have been dreaming of? Book your appointment with Carrie Karibo Bridal today.