Shopping for your perfect wedding dress is a joyous occasion! This is the time where you get to be treated like a Princess while trying on gorgeous wedding gowns. Although it is a fun time, it can also be stressful when you turn into an indecisive bride. We have compiled a list of seven decision making hacks and tips for choosing THE dress and making your wedding planning decisions more enjoyable!
1. Not every bride shows emotion!
People say that you will know it is your wedding dress if it makes you cry. Certain brides get confused when they feel like they have finally found their perfect wedding dress, however they are not criers, they do not like to show their emotions and express their feelings differently. So if you are not crying, it is a normal reaction! Remember for some of us, it takes a lot to bring out tears and show emotions. If you just have a bright smile, sparkling eyes and warm fuzzies, it is THE dress! At the same time do not forget to watch emotions of your entourage. If your mom, sister, or best friend is tearing up, it might be a sign that you have found your perfect wedding dress.
2. Listen to your body language!
Look at your facial expression and posture to determine how you feel about the wedding dress you are in. If you hold yourself up straighter, that is a positive sign. On the other hand, if you find yourself slouching and frowning, it is definitely not your dress. Also, consider what you are doing with your body as you look up in the mirror. Do you find yourself twirling, feeling the fabric, or dancing? It is a great sign that you might have found your perfect wedding dress.
3. You DO NOT want to change anything about THE dress!
Sometimes a bride can be stuck between two wedding gowns. How can she understand which one is her perfect wedding dress? If you find that on one of the dresses there are aspects you wish were different, that one might not be the one. It is fine to want to update small things, for example, adjust neckline, add blink, change sash or shorten sleeves. If you want to change an entire top or bottom, it is definitely not THE dress.
4. You DO NOT want to take it off!
For all indecisive brides, one of the easiest signs to know that you have found your dream wedding dress is when you do not want to take it off. If you start picturing yourself on your wedding day or contemplating other occasions to wear the gown, congrats… you have found THE dress. Some brides even joke about being ready and willing to get married right then and there.
5. You start picturing the finished look.
When you find THE dress, sometimes the next logical thoughts are “What accessories should I pair with it?”…“Would my hair look better up or down with this neckline?”… “Where will I find shoes for this dress? … “What alterations do I need?” etc. If you find yourself asking “next step” questions, take it as a good sign that you have found your perfect wedding dress.
6. Everyone else’s opinion DOES NOT matter anymore.
Many indecisive brides bring friends and family with them to help choose their perfect wedding gown. This allows for loved ones to give valuable advice and ease the bride’s mind. Brides unsure of what they want place a higher value on their parents’ or friends’ opinions. Once a bride has found THE dress, other people’s opinions stop mattering.
7. DO NOT feel forced into making a decision.
The final tip for all indecisive brides is: do not make a purchase until you are 100% sure! Some entourages might try to push you to purchase a dress, despite you still being unsure. Ask your bridal consultant if you can sleep on it before making your final decision. If you feel like you are getting caught up in the emotions of your entourage, but are still unsure about the gown, walk away and book another appointment to try it on alone without distraction and extra attention. This way you can be sure it is your own thoughts being taken into consideration.
For many brides, wedding dress decision making can be the most difficult aspect of planning a wedding. If you find that you have turned into an indecisive bride, do not panic! You are one among many. Your perfect wedding dress is out there. You just need to remember to listen to your heart and take these decision making hacks into consideration.