You’ve just said “YES!” to your engagement and now it is time to find your perfect dress! We are going to be giving you the step-by-step process of shopping for your wedding dress from booking your appointment to saying “YES!” to your perfect dress. Get your inspiration and pricepoint
Step 1: Find your inspiration and price point
Are you looking for something glam or simple? Trendy or classic? Finding your gown inspiration gives you a good starting point for your bridal appointment. Look for inspiration on Pinterest or on local stores’ Instagrams. We post our wedding dress selection daily on Gretchen’s Bridal Gallery Instagram and Facebook!
You should also decide on what price point you want to stay within. You can find stores’ wedding gown price ranges on their websites or social accounts. If you can’t find it there, we recommend calling the store to ask. Gretchen’s Bridal Gallery Indianapolis has special order gowns from $1,200- $3,500. Gretchen’ Takes Indianapolis carries take-it-today (off-the-rack) gowns from $800-$1,500.
Step 2: Book your appointment
Now that you have your inspiration and price point, it is time to book your appointment!
Weekday appointments are typically less busy. Weekend appointments have a more party-like feel. Don’t overbook yourself, trying on wedding dresses can be tiring. We recommend only going to 2-3 different stores in a day! Be open to the fact that you might find your perfect dress at your first appointment.
Step 3: Arrive and meet your stylist
It’s appointment day! We recommend that you come to the store wearing something that makes you feel comfortable and confident. Wear nude underwear and bras are optional when trying on dresses because they have built-in cups.
When you start your appointment your stylist will ask you about your inspiration and wedding. This is the time to show them all of your inspiration pics. We recommend saving your favorite pictures to an album on your phone to make it easier.
Step 4: Pick your selection
It is time to pick your wedding gown selection! At Gretchen’s Bridal Gallery you get to go through our selection with your stylist. Each bride will start with 4-5 gowns. Pick a few gowns that are different than your vision to try. Your stylist is your cheerleader! Stylists know the store selection and might have a few gowns in mind. Keep an open mind because many dresses look better on than on the hanger!
Step 5: Try-on
Your stylist will help you get in and out of your wedding dresses. The stylists will use clips and panels to give you the best idea of what the dress will look like in your size.
This is the time to tune into how you FEEL in each gown! Be as honest as you can with your stylist. The more honest information you give to your stylist, the better they can do their job. Keep in mind that it is completely normal to like something you didn’t think you would. Remember inspiration is just a starting point.
Step 6: Say YES!
When you find the one it is such an exciting moment! Some brides cry and some just smile. Don’t feel like you have to cry for it to be the one.