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Who Usually Comes Wedding Dress Shopping?

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Helping to Plan Your Wedding Dress Shopping Entourage

Wedding dress shopping is one of the most exciting and memorable experiences for a bride-to-be. It's the moment when you get to try on beautiful gowns and envision yourself walking down the aisle. But who should you bring along for this special occasion? In this blog post, we'll discuss the typical entourage for wedding dress shopping and offer some tips on how to make the most of this unforgettable journey.

The Recommended Entourage
  1. Maid of Honor: Your Maid of Honor is your closest confidant, your right-hand woman, and the person who likely knows your style and preferences better than anyone else. Having her by your side during wedding dress shopping can be invaluable. She can provide support, offer honest feedback, and share the excitement of finding the perfect dress.

  2. Parents or Close Family: Your parents, especially your mother, have probably dreamed about your wedding day for as long as you have. They are often the most obvious choices to accompany you when shopping for a wedding dress. Additionally, close family members who have been significant in your life, like an aunt or sister, can also make meaningful companions.

  3. Bridesmaids: Your bridesmaids are the women you've chosen to stand by your side on your big day, and their input can be invaluable. However, it's essential to strike a balance. While it's tempting to bring all of your bridesmaids, too many opinions can make the decision-making process overwhelming. To ensure everyone feels included, you can plan a fun appointment for them when your chosen dress arrives at the store for a grand reveal.

Guidelines for Choosing Your Entourage
  1. Supportive and Honest Whoever you decide to bring along, make sure they are supportive and not overly opinionated. Honest opinions can be helpful when you need assistance making a decision, but remember that what you think and like are the most important factors. This process is meant to be enjoyable, so choose individuals who will make it a fun and positive experience.

  2. Keep It Manageable If you do choose to bring several people, keep in mind that too many opinions can lead to confusion. Select a small, trusted group to accompany you on your initial shopping trip, and consider involving others in later stages, such as dress fittings or final gown selection.

Shopping Alone Don't forget that it's perfectly okay to go wedding dress shopping alone if that's what makes you feel most comfortable. The process is different from shopping for everyday attire, and it's all about you and your preferences. Some brides might feel guilty about not sharing the experience with friends or family, but remember that this process is for you. You can always invite them to your gown pick-up appointment or fittings if they'd like to be involved later in the process.

Conclusion In the world of wedding dress shopping, there's no one-size-fits-all answer to who should be a part of your entourage. The key is to choose individuals who support you and make the experience enjoyable. Whether you go with your Maid of Honor, family members, bridesmaids, or even shop alone, the ultimate decision should always be yours. This process is about celebrating your unique style and vision for your special day, so make sure it's a joyful and memorable experience.


Sarah Jane Bridal

T: 01202 735070

A: 104-106 Ahsley Rd, Parkstone, Dorset, BH14 9BN

For the dress, you will remember forever


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