Six Things Every Bride Should Know About Wedding Dress Shopping

Fact: I love wedding gowns and all things bridal.  Yes, bridal gowns and all the accessories are pretty and lovely to shop for, and us girls, love to shop, but when it comes to shopping for your wedding gown, there are some helpful tips to make your shopping experience a good one. That is why today, we have asked Owner Ramona Southard of Love and Lace Bridal Salon to share with us all the things a bride should know before she starts to search for her perfect wedding gown.
First of all, congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding! It is easily one of the most exciting times in your life, and who doesn’t enjoy having all this attention on them?? Now that reality has sunk in about your engagement, perhaps you have booked a venue and it is time to start looking for a wedding dress! Allow me to share some pearls of wisdom that I have accumulated over time, after having met and worked with numerous brides at my salon.
1. Plan ahead – wedding dresses in general take approximately 5-6 months to arrive, from the time you order. Then allow about 1-2 months for alterations. Which means you should start looking, and purchase, your dress about 8 months before your wedding. This is not said to rush you into buying, but to give you a realistic timeframe about wedding dress shopping. Each dress is custom-made to your measurements, so it takes time.
2. Realize what type of personality you have, prior to wedding dress shopping. Do you make decisions easy? Do you need outside input before you make big decisions? Do you constantly feel that “there is something better” and don’t want to settle? All of these personality traits play a role in your wedding dress shopping. If you make decisions easy, go with your gut and once you like a dress, be done. If you need input from others, bring a trusted friend or family member and let them help you with your decision.
3. Be careful who you bring with you- As fun as wedding dress shopping is, bring only close family or friends. You don’t need the opinion of everyone, just those that matter. Also, it’s ok if you go by yourself and make the decision. It’s your dress, after all, and you should love it. Remember, the more people you bring with you, the more different opinions you will get. Which will NOT help you, but will confuse you more. Less is more in this case.
4. Wedding Dress shopping is not a party! Be respectful of the salon owners, and don’t turn your appointment time into a party, with lots of loud people and yelling. There is a time and place for your bachelorette party, for your bridal shower, for time with your girlfriends. A bridal salon is not really that place. You are there to make an important decision, and you should focus solely on that. Also, remember you are not the only bride they have that day. Realize that others are scheduled before, during, and after you.
5. It’s YOUR dress! Every mom, sister, cousin, grandma, best friend has an opinion. And it’s most likely different than yours. And that’s ok. YOU, and only you, should love your dress. The wedding is about you and your fiancée. Stop trying to please everyone in your life. You will surely drive yourself crazy. So if you find a dress that you love, it makes you feel happy, sexy, bridal-y, beautiful and special, GET it! There is a very slim chance that you will ever find a dress that your mom grandma, sister, cousin, best friend, neighbor will ALL approve of.
6. It’s just a dress. Yes, it’s an important dress and probably the most expensive article of clothing you will ever buy. But it is only a dress. It does not have magical powers, even if it costs $10,000. It will not automatically make you lose 30 pounds, will not make your future mother-in-law love/hate you, will not guarantee you a stress-free wedding and will certainly not guarantee you a happy and successful marriage. You know why not? Because it’s just a dress. So stop overthinking it. Get one that makes you feel beautiful, and one that you know will make his heart skip a beat and a tear in his eye. Once you find that one, stop looking. Please.
I hope that these little tie-bits of advice will ease your mind just a bit about wedding dress shopping. It should be fun, it should be relaxing, it should be intimate and it should be all about you! So grab a couple of people (no more than two!) and head down to your favorite bridal salon to buy a dress! Then you can cross that off your list, and move on to the million other details you have to take care of!

Love and Lace Bridal Salon Interview

Today I am going behind the scenes with Ramona Southard, touring every lovely inch of her bridal salon. My wedding loving heart just got a bit happier when I stopped by this fabulous new bridal salon in the heart of Irvine, California. If there is one thing that I love about this salon, it has to be the super fun, stress-free, and relaxed environment which is created here. Love and Lace Bridal Salon is a salon which really stands out in my mind. They carry gowns from designers not found at any other Orange County bridal salon, and all displayed in the most prettiest of ways.  To top it all off, Ramona treats each bride with the most care and attention needed to make sure their experience is unforgettable.  I  really enjoyed my short little interview we did with owner Ramona at Love and Lace Bridal Salon. See all the fantastic things she shares about this gorgeous bridal salon.

About Love and Lace Bridal Salon

Love and Lace Bridal Salon is new, different, fun and a breath-of-fresh air from the traditional wedding dress shopping experience. We focus on the bride, of course, but we never push anyone into a sale or a dress they don’t feel comfortable in. The point is to come in, try on some dresses, have fun and be open to thinking outside the box of the traditional wedding dress! We have all sorts of gowns, some traditional and some unique, but all romantic, quality and breathtaking!  

We feature some incredible designers:

– Kelly Faetanini: designer out of New York, currently only in Nordstrom stores on the West Coast; her dresses are on- trend and modern
-Mikaella by Paloma Blanca: Canadian designer, whose dresses are great quality and styles at an affordable price
-Leanne Marshall: from New York, Leanne is a Project Runway winner and designer wedding dresses that are completely romantic and oh-so-sexy
-Chaviano Couture: new designer from Atlanta, her dresses are gorgeous, romantic very intricately beautiful
-Myra Callan Bridal: founder of Twigs and Honey headpieces, her newly released bridal line is full of soft lace, bohemian, flowy gowns
-Elizabeth Dye: designer out of Portland, dresses are very well made, structured and fit the body amazingly
-Lis Simon: another one of our Canadian designers, her dresses are very modern and beautiful, at an amazingly affordable price point

-Truvelle Bridal: new designer, her focus is on a slight twist on the traditional wedding dress, but with gorgeous and breathtaking results!

We encourage our brides to come in with an open mind, ready to share some laughs, shed some tears (of joy!), and leave with an amazing dress and a lifetime membership in our Love and Lace family!






Bridal Hot List Chief Editor Niloufar Gibson with Love and Lace Bridal Salon owner, Ramona

Bridal Hot List Chief Editor Niloufar Gibson with Love and Lace Bridal Salon owner, Ramona Southard.


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