There’s a gazillion moving parts to a wedding, and none of them is more fun than going dress shopping. It is a rite of passage that changes you from just fiancée to bride, christening the beginning of your wedding planning. And it should go without saying that shopping for your wedding dress should be the least stressful part of your to-do list. This is why we’re bringing Pronovias to chime in on how to make the best of your bridal shopping experience.
Picking the right bridal salon matters, but it all comes down to how you want your planning story to be. There are so many options out there, I don’t envy you! There are huge bridal salons with endless inventory, with as many excited brides as you are and with a busy appointment calendar that needs to fit in with your own busy schedule. Then there are boutique bridal salons that offer only their own collections as if it was designed just for you. It’s the luxe bridal experience that Pronovias is second to none, bringing their high-end European class and flair to stores in the United States.
The entire vision for the wedding day most likely falls on the type of dress you will wear, from the venue setting, to the bouquet, to what your future spouse will be wearing and what your bridesmaids will be wearing, so chances are, you already know what your favorite dresses are by perusing images of collections online -> you can view Pronovias beauties again right here. Coming in store and trying on the gowns you’ve been lusting over online makes the final decision for you when you have the dress on you and see it in person what it looks and feels like. It’s an emotional investment too, so don’t be intimated on who you should invite to come with you to buy your wedding gown.
1-Bringing your mom, sisters, and family members have always been the expectation, but don’t feel obligated to bring them in if you feel like they will make you stressed out and doubt your own likes. Sometimes your BFFs can be the best support going for your bridal store appointment, someone who you can trust and understands what you want for your wedding.
2- When you start shopping for your dress depends on your wedding date, but the standard recommendation is 9-12 months before your wedding. If you need your dress sooner, call and book an appointment at the flagship (here’s your golden excuse for an NYC shopping weekend!) or nearest store.
3- All you need to bring to your first bridal appointment is a seamless pair of nude undies. Pronovias stores will outfit you with accessories, veils, shoes and even lingerie. They will advise you on what type of bra you should wear with your dress – or if you even need one. And that alone will save you hours of online research!
All photos by Charlotte Van Der Berg.