“What Lola Wants Lola Gets”
Wedding dress shopping is one of the first items that brides check off their list. Wedding dresses can take anywhere from four to six months to be delivered, so many brides want to get in early to find the right dress with time to spare for alterations.
Be mindful of what your wants and needs are when going wedding dress shopping. Look at bridal mags to see the shapes and styles that you like, and this will help you form a budget for your dress. Also dresses do not have to be white and from a bridal shop, if this is not your style don’t go with it. First and foremost you have to be comfortable on your wedding day and if that means you get it off the rack from a local department store or consignment shop, then go for it.
One of my favorite quotes from the movie “Monster-in-Law” staring Jennifer Lopez is, “I’m making the dress to fit my body, not the other way around”. This quote is great because it reminds women to love the body that they have and to know that you don’t have to go on fad diets and extremes to ‘fit’ into the perfect dress for your wedding day. I’ve heard horror stories of women who went to extremes for their weddings only for the dress to not fit right on the day of because of amount of weight they loss between fittings. Remember all dresses can be altered but not to a different design.
Another aspect of dress shopping is to think about who you are bringing to the dress shop to see you try on dresses. Heavily opinionated people should be left at home, you don’t need to cry or be upset on this day, because your Great-Aunt Betty makes mean comments with each dress you try. Bring the people who will lift you up and give honest but constructive comments. And if that means that you go alone on a few excursions to try on dresses till you find the right one, so be it.
Remember you are Lola and Lola gets what she wants.