Don’t Say Yes to Just Any Dress: Tips for Greater Boston Brides

greater boston brides dress shoppingOne of the most challenging parts of planning a wedding is making a decision regarding the dress. For many brides, choosing the best possible dress for their personal taste, figure, modesty, and budget can be extremely complicated. Even with the best of intentions, family and friends can often complicate wedding dress shopping in New Bedford, Fall River, and the Greater Boston area, resulting in undue stress on the bride. Shopping for Greater Boston wedding supplies to use at a wedding reception in Milford is much easier, perhaps because it is not as personal. Some of the best tips for Massachusetts brides are related to dress shopping, so make sure to take time to review them before you schedule an appointment at the local dress shop.

Tip #1 – Choose Your “Crew” Wisely

Who will you invite to go with you to try on dresses? This can be a loaded question for many brides. Tradition dictates that the mother of the bride and, in some cases, the mother of the groom, are at the top of that list, but it depends on the situation. Just watch a couple of episodes of that “dress shopping” show, and you’ll see how stressful some mothers can make wedding dress shopping in New Bedford or anywhere else for that matter. Your maid of honor is a great choice, as she should either be your best friend or a sister. The type of person that you need in your corner is someone supportive who will be honest about your dress choice without being pushy, nasty, or outright rude. Other bridesmaids, siblings, and friends can also be invited, but don’t feel pressured to bring a big group. Sometimes just a couple of opinions are all that you need, especially if you have chosen your crew wisely.

Tip #2 – Select a Few Shops, Not Just One

While you may feel the pressure just to visit that big chain of low-priced, budget-friendly dresses for your upcoming wedding, make sure to also visit boutique shops as well. You might be surprised to discover that they have quite a few affordable options for brides to choose from, especially if you are willing to ensure alterations or aren’t worried about “last year’s style” for your ceremony and wedding reception in Milford. Talk with other brides, get personal referrals for dress shops in the local area, and talk with wedding planners, other vendors, and the venue where you will host your reception. Go to several different shops to get a better feel for what you want before you decide on the perfect dress.

Tip #3 – Take a Peek Before You Shop

Wedding blogs and magazines are popular for a good reason. Take time to look at ideas for wedding dresses and wedding party attire before you go wedding dress shopping in New Bedford and the surrounding area. There are many different styles and colors to choose from these days – you aren’t stuck with a basic stark white gown featuring poofy sleeves. Figure out what works best with you, your personality, your body type, your theme, and your budget ahead of time to help reduce the number of dresses that you’ll have to try on at each shop. Speak with the shop owner when you set your appointment and provide a basic description of the length, cut, color, and style that you are interested in so they can put aside a few dresses in your size for you to try on and consider.

Tip #4 – Dress Appropriately

Make sure that you are ready for trying on dresses to wear for your ceremony and wedding reception in Milford. Shower the morning of and get your hair done – either in the way that you will wear it for the wedding or just put it up so you can see the dress more fully in the mirror. You will also want to wear a strapless bra that is in a “nude” color to prevent it from showing, popping out, or otherwise impacting the look of the dress. If you will be wearing Spanx or other specialty undergarments, wear or bring those as well. Make sure also to wear or bring a pair of shoes that will be similar to the heel height or type of shoes that you will want for your wedding day. One of the best tips for Massachusetts brides is to stay relaxed and hydrated with bottled water throughout the process – avoiding the “free” champagne and food offerings, saving those for your shopping party.

Tip #5 – Consider Accessories

You might want a simple wedding, but make sure to try on at least and consider some special accessories for your wedding. Just as you will need to shop for Greater Boston wedding supplies to decorate the venue for your wedding reception in Milford, you will want a headpiece, veil, or some other type of jewelry to compliment your wedding gown. Accessories can bring it all together, so make sure to ask the consultant at the dress shop about the available options. Make sure everything matches with your gown, whether you choose white, blush, ivory, cream, or some other popular color. Select jewelry and other accessories that will enhance your gown, not overshadow it.

Schedule a Tour of The Crystal Room

Make sure to secure the venue as soon as possible for your wedding reception in Milford. If you are planning a spring or summer wedding, dates can fill up quickly. The sooner you can select a venue and pick a day, the better. Contact our team at 508-478-7800 to schedule a tour or to book our space for your special day.