As I mentioned in my last Wedding Wednesday post, I waited until my mom came to visit before attempting to find a wedding dress.
Most women really look forward to this, as it’s one of the few times in their lives that they get to try on gorgeous, expensive dresses and feel like a princess. I was not one of these women.
I was completely stressed out about the experience from the start. I hated the idea that some random person would see me in my underwear as they helped me in and out of dresses. I worried that I wouldn’t be able to find anything I liked. I also worried that I’d look hideous and resemble a beached whale in everything I put on.
So many options … So overwhelming. Image courtesy of kittyhaw.com.
In an effort to quell my anxiety, my main focus prior to dress shopping was finding bridal shops that would give me the best possible experience.
Here’s what I was looking for:
1.) Selection – If the shop didn’t carry a lot of the styles I was looking for, I was obviously going to be less likely to purchase something there. I was willing to try on pretty much any gown, but I did have some ideas about what I liked and didn’t like.
2.) Customer Service – If the consultant was pushy, rude, or ignored me, I knew I probably wouldn’t buy a wedding dress from them. While I didn’t need someone to give me fake compliments or treat me like a princess, I expected to at least be treated with some level of respect.
And … That’s about it. I don’t think I was asking for too much.
I think it’s important to remember all of the feelings I had during the wedding planning process … The good and the bad. In my next Wedding Wednesday post, I’ll get into the actual dress shopping experience!