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Wedding dress shopping – usually one of the first (and most fun!) wedding planning tasks you’ll check off! But how enjoyable of a process it is sometimes depends on how well you’ve planned for your bridal shop visits. We have lots of wedding dress shopping tips to share, but today, we’re focusing on one piece: whom should you bring wedding dress shopping?

A lot of folks will tell you to focus on the number of people you’re bringing to the appointment (usually to say, “don’t bring too many!”). We actually think the TYPE of people is much more important. You want to ask guests who will be supportive, kind, and excited for this step in your wedding planning process. You’re not really looking for guests who will make the experience all about them, or who will share their opinions in an overly judgmental way. If only your best friend falls into the first category? She’s the one who’s coming. If mama, mama-in-law, grandmama, sister, and best friend fit the bill? That sounds like a fabulous bonding experience. (Just be sure to check in with the bridal salon beforehand – some limit the number in your entourage because of space constraints!)

In my own dress shopping journey, I ran the gamut – my first appointment was with my mother-in-law and two sisters-in-law, my second appointment was with my Mom and two sisters, and my third appointment was with just my Mom. Thankfully, they were all sweet experiences!

I’d love to hear: who/how many people did you bring to your dress shopping appointment(s)? How did it go?

P.S. Ready for more dress shopping tips? Check out our YouTube channel, where we have a series of four videos to take you from inspiration to purchase!

We’ll be sharing a quick and simple piece of wedding planning advice based on our most frequently asked questions once a week! Feel free to email us with your own question, or pick up a copy of the Southern Weddings Planner for all of our best resources in one place!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Maegan Loudermilk reply

    Shopping for your wedding dress is one of many experiences that most brides only dream of, and what a memorable one! When I went shopping for my wedding dress I made sure to bring with me my biggest support group, who would be honest but also just as happy and excited for me. I think as a Southern Bride, it’s most important to invite your mom. This wedding is not only for you and your fiancé, it is for her as well. Think about your grandmothers as well, they are often full of great advice. I also recommend inviting a close friend, whether it be your MOH or your trusty sister who will tell you how beautiful you are but also will be honest with the dress. Whoever you choose to invite, keep it small and intimate. This time is about you, and your moment! Enjoy every step of this process and enjoy this time that everyone celebrates you! Congrats!

  2. avatar Christina Hedges reply

    When I went dress shopping I wanted to keep it intimate. My sister and I actually went on the same day to get our dresses. She is 3 years older than me and got married 8 months after I did. We took our mom and that was ideal. We didn’t want to get a lot of opinions; since we were going together if we would have brought everyone included in both weddings there would have been 10 bridesmaids, two mothers in law, and our aunt and grandma and that would have gotten very muddy. So we decided on just our mom and the two of us.

  3. avatar Morgan reply

    It was just my mama and me. It kept it simple by not adding too many opinions to the mix and allowing me to purchase a dress that I really loved for the right reasons. Also, I really wanted to make it a special day for just us two…and it certainly was. :)

  4. avatar Lisa reply

    I went with just my mom and two sisters, and it was perfect for me. I wanted a super intimate experience and I didn’t want to be distracted by too many opinions. They were super supportive, honest, and excited for me–the perfect combination, I thought! :)

  5. avatar Tasia reply

    My wedding dress shopping experience was perfect! I surprised my mother-in-law and two sisters over thanksgiving with a trip dress shopping, and my mom (whose approval I got first) came with us as well. I wanted my whole wedding experience to be intimate and let my family know how special they were to me and the whole process. I opted to not invite anyone that fell in that second category.

  6. avatar Jenni reply

    I recently went wedding dress shopping and brought along my Mom and my two maids of honor. It went so perfectly! I ended up buying the third dress I tried on – my whole appointment only took an hour from browsing to checking out! I think the TYPE of people I surrounded myself with was most important – I value my Mom’s opinion always. My two best friends/MOHs balance each other out so well with their opinions and they always know what’s best for me. They all three cried as soon as I stepped out of the dressing room so we all agreed on THE ONE! I can’t wait to go back with this same group to pick out bridesmaid dresses because I know we’ll be successful :)

  7. avatar Anastasia Kristina reply

    I had my future mother in law and my mommy with me for my dress fitting! My mom and I flew into Houston because she and I knew that I wanted to have an appointment at BHLDN, and there aren’t many in America, but my fiance’s family lives in Houston – so it was perfect! When we drove to BHLDN, there was a designer dress pop-up sale next door, so we stopped by there first. I tried on all of these gowns that I had always imagined myself in, but they were so heavy and uncomfortable. It’s a good thing we headed to BHLDN next, where everything fell into place. My wedding planners had champagne waiting for us, the dresses were all beautiful, and I knew I had found the one once I tried it on! I can’t wait to wear it for real in June :)

  8. avatar Whitney Evans reply

    I love y’all but I have to say: it’s “Whom should I bring wedding dress shopping?”!

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The first item most brides look to book is the wedding venue — and with good reason! Your venue sets the tone for everything that is to come, it often helps determine your wedding date, and it can take up a large chunk of your wedding budget. Many brides or grooms also often have a sentimental attachment to the spot they choose to say “I do,” so (as with many wedding decisions) there’s an additional emotional factor to consider.

Some couples know exactly what type of wedding venue they’re looking for, but if you and your fiance are still open to all comers, here are a few pros and cons of different types of wedding venues to consider!

Once you’ve narrowed down the type of venues you’re considering, its time to start calling (or emailing) around. These are a few of the questions we recommend asking potential wedding venues:

Our Planner also has brainstorming sheets where you can record information and notes from all the venues you’re considering – super helpful!

Bonus! Here are two of our favorite tips that relate to wedding venues:

Visit your venue a year in advance. If you can, try to visit your venue as close to a year in advance as possible – it will give you some great insight into what the space will look like on your big day in terms of landscaping and scenery.
Get it in writing. Especially if you are asking for unusual allowances, like hanging a certain type of decor or setting up the space in a certain way (or early!), be sure to get the venue’s agreement in writing. That way, even if there’s staff turnover during your engagement, your provisions should be safe.

Belles, what type of venue did you choose for your wedding reception? I’d love to hear!

We’ll be sharing a quick and simple piece of wedding planning advice based on our most frequently asked questions once a week! Feel free to email us with your own question, or pick up a copy of the Southern Weddings Planner for all of our best resources in one place!

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    Oh my stars, it has been an exciting few days in the Southern Weddings office!! On Friday we revealed the sweet as a peach cover of SWV7, newsstand photos of V7 started to pop up over the weekend on Instagram (!!!), and today, we have the supreme joy of introducing y’all to the newest Southern Weddings Shop signature product: the Southern Weddings Planner!

    We’ve been hard at work on our Planner for eleven months, and when I say that we are excited to finally be offering it for sale, know that that is a massive understatement! Our office has a burning passion for getting really, truly GOOD information into the hands of our readers – the exact pieces of advice and the same resources we’d give to our sisters and best friends – and our Planner is the best way we know how to do that. This short (one minute) video from our friends at Good Earth Films helps share the heart of this product:

    From the “First Steps After Getting Engaged” to the “Anniversary Gift Guide,” our planner encourages brides to plan marriages more beautiful than their weddings, but also gives them the tools to feel confident and equipped throughout their engagements. True to the mission of Southern Weddings, it includes a special “Marriage Planning” section that will help couples begin married life in a joyful and intentional way!

    In addition to being ridiculously useful, we created our Planner to be a gorgeous keepsake for long after your wedding day, with a gold foil cover, watercolor tabs, and illustrations throughout.

    You’ll find it to be very interactive, with worksheets and bonus downloads to keep you organized, inspired, and on-track throughout your entire engagement.

    I know I speak for all of the Southern Weddings ladies when I say that this Planner – out of everything we’ve created over the last seven years – might be the product we are most proud of. It is useful, it is inspiring, and it is just so darn pretty. It’s worthy of accompanying you throughout your engagement, and we are honored to walk alongside you, too.

    The Southern Weddings Planner is available for pre-order in the Southern Weddings Shop now, and we expect these precious packages to ship to their new homes in mid-December! In the meantime, there are tons of new goodies in the Shop, including a brand-new Sweet Tees line and holiday goodies! Proper introductions coming soon for both, but if you just can’t wait… :)

    emily Written with love by Emily
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    1. avatar Erin reply

      Ladies, it looks SO BEAUTIFUL! I’m so honored to have been a (tiny) part of this incredible project, and I hope it inspires countless brides (including me in a few years!!)

      • avatar Emily reply

        So thankful for you, Erin!! Thank you for all of your help with this big project!

    2. avatar Lisa reply

      SO excited about the Planner!! I can’t wait to move all of my wedding planning notes into it!

    3. avatar Kat reply

      It’s STUNNING!!!!! Amazing job, ladies!!!!!

    4. avatar Stephanie reply

      Congrats!! This is such a treasure, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one (and give them to my brides, too!). Thank you for creating something so very useful, much needed, and oh so gorgeous, too!

    5. avatar Emily reply

      Is it weird that I want to order one and I’m not engaged..? MEH. It’s adorable!!

    6. avatar shelby reply

      love love love love! what a perfect idea. I’m not even engaged, but I want this so bad! :)

      Congrats girls!

      xoxo

    7. avatar Cayleigh Hopkins reply

      Absolutely in love with the new wedding planning binder! We are so excited to get our own so we can show it to brides too. Well done Southern Weddings! It is awesome.

    8. avatar Anastasia Kristina reply

      UM excuse me while i swoon over lisa and dave!!!!

    9. avatar Jadzia reply

      Love this!!

    10. avatar Kirsti reply

      EEEEKK! So exciting!! I can’t wait to give this beautiful planner as gifts to newly engaged friends!

    11. avatar Ellen Tully reply

      The SW Planner is stunning! Must have! Two! I follow you all on Instagram! Love y’all! Great work. Keep it up!

      Xoxo
      Ellen

    12. avatar Dilshad Ikramullah reply

      Hello ladies, my daughter is getting married the summer of 2016, is it too early to order the planner? We’re so excited to get started!

    13. avatar Misty Cousins reply

      My daughter recently got engaged, on New Years. I would like to purchase this for her. Could you please email me on how I can go about this.
      Thank you,
      Her mother & soon to be his mother in law,
      Misty Cousins

    14. avatar Kristen reply

      Is the planner suited for people not from the South? I’m in Minnesota. :)

      • avatar Lisa reply

        Hi Kristen! Absolutely! There are a few Southern touches, but it would work for brides everywhere :)

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