Choosing a wedding dress should be one of the most magical moments of planning a wedding. It should be special. However, far too often, this task can veer into stressful — even overwhelming — territory, especially if you aren’t a size 8 or your entourage is particularly vocal (read: vociferously opinionated). But before you pitch your white dress dreams right out the window and head for city hall, let Brides by Glitz Nashville owner Ann Miller and her team, including stylist Jillian Porter, help you find your perfect fit — without anyone throwing one!
“I have the most wonderful staff,” Ann says. “I would put them up against anybody’s. They’re very, very passionate. Nobody is paid on commission. They just really love making women feel beautiful.”
No matter your size, shape, or style, Brides by Glitz Nashville delivers. And with more than two decades of experience, Ann and company offer brides-to-be these five tips for buying the perfect wedding dress for you. (Six, if you count booking an appointment at Brides by Glitz Nashville’s Harding Pike studio — ASAP!).
5 Things to Consider When Buying a Wedding Dress
Consider limiting the number of people attending your bridal appointment. Too many opinions can quiet your own.
“We would love it if every bride didn’t think she had to bring her entourage,” admits Ann.
“What unfortunately happens is [the bride-to-be] walks out of the fitting room, and she can see on their faces what they think about [a dress] before she makes her own decision.”
Indeed too many opinions can quiet your own, and if you’re not confident enough to go with what you love because of others’ opinions, you will not end up choosing the dress of your dreams.
Another common problem when the bride-to-be brings her nearest and dearest to dress shop is trying to please everyone. “She doesn’t want to hurt Grandma or Aunt Kelly or her cousin or best friend by saying, ‘No, I don’t like that dress. It’s not what I want.’ So, she ends up having six or seven favorites, and she leaves confused,” shares Jillian.
Ann says that having just one or two loved ones is ideal, and Jillian agrees, adding, “Come with your best friend or your mom or whoever that person is who will be supportive and is going to help you, instead of trying to find the dress that they want to see you in.”
Come with an open mind — even if you’ve been picturing the same dress since you were 12 years old.
It’s something you often hear from brides — that they ended up falling in love with the type of dress they always swore they would never wear. Jillian, who has quite a bit of experience helping women find their perfect dress, concurs. “More times than not, brides leave with a style they never thought they would try,” she says. “Trust your stylists!”
Buying a dress based on current trends can be good — or bad — depending on the bride.
Jillian suggests that if a bride is super trendy in her everyday clothing, it’s likely she’ll lean toward a trendier look for her wedding dress. “She’s not going to mind being trendy on her wedding day, because that’s her style,” she explains.
On the other end of the spectrum, brides who prefer a classic look will likely lean toward something more simple and timeless. “Again, it’s just an expression of their own personal style.”
Regardless, odds are high that if you love your dress the day you get married, you’ll always be fond of it.
Give yourself plenty of time to find the right dress.
When it comes to timing your purchase, you don’t want to be limited based on what can actually arrive on time for your wedding. “Dresses normally take about four to six months to come in,” Jillian says. “Starting the process eight months to a year before your wedding is a good timeline.”
And don’t forget to factor in alterations. Those can take anywhere from four to six weeks, so plan accordingly!
Your dress sets the tone of the wedding, so choose it first.
Once you’ve selected your dress, things will begin to fall into place more naturally. “The feel of the wedding is centered around it,” Jillian says. “Personally, I think selecting your bridesmaids’ dresses can be the most stressful part of the whole process, because not only are you focusing on what you want for your wedding, but you’re also trying to appease 4 to 10 of your best friends and family.”
When you’re ready to start your dressing shopping, head to Brides by Glitz Nashville, located at 4239 Harding Pike Suite 1, Nashville, TN 37205. To learn more, visit glitznashville.com.
This article is sponsored by Brides by Glitz. All photography by Leila Grossman.