It's a tricky question! Shopping for your wedding dress is a magical experience and it's only natural that you would want to share this with your loved ones. Unfortunately, the decision of who to take can leave feelings hurt and tears shed. So when it comes to wedding dress shopping, who should you take? We have the breakdown to help you decide!
The Limit Does Exist
Firstly, it's important to ask the boutique you are visiting if they have a limit of guests you can bring. Sometimes the designated areas are only designed for a few people and you don't want it to feel too crowded! If you are really stuck, you can also ask the store how many they recommend you bring so that everyone is comfortable. This often helps narrow down the list.
Make A List
Availability and distance may factor into your final decision. Perhaps one of your friends lives out of town or works on weekends. This can help you narrow down your list to the people that will have the time to go wedding dress shopping with you. After all, they are often long days! Enquire with stores if you are able to take photos or Skype other loved ones during your visit. This allows them to be involved, but doesn't make the experience too crowded and overwhelming.
Is There Such A Thing As Too Honest?
In short, yes. When deciding who to take, try and avoid asking friends or family who will be blunt or too opinionated. Whilst you want to hear what your loved ones think, it is also your decision. It can be very disheartening to hear those all too honest opinions. You also want to ensure that you take along those who will keep your bridal vision in mind and not focus too much on what they would pick.
This is a tricky one. Many brides will feel obliged to invite their future in-laws as they are soon to be family. If you are happy with this then of course, go ahead! For the brides who may not be so keen, keep in mind that your in-laws also have a family member getting married. They will be able to experience many treasured moments with their family as well, so don't feel pressured to include them in yours. Find another way to include them in your bridal process or explain that you want to keep the gown a surprise.
Three Is A Crowd
If three is a crowd, then what is eight? For some brides, there are simply too many people to include in this shopping experience. For example, you may have five sisters. How do you pick one to take?! In this instance, it is best to keep it simple. You may choose just to take your mum when it comes to choosing the dress. Once you have picked 'the one', make another appointment so that you can show other loved ones. There is nothing wrong with spreading the excitement over a few days!
Comfort Is Key
The most important thing to remember when shopping for your wedding dress is that you want to feel comfortable. When choosing who to take along with you, pick those who will make you feel like you are as comfortable as possible. Picking the perfect dress isn't always an easy decision and you want to make sure you have people there who will make it easier, rather than more difficult.
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