January 14, 2018

Wedding dress shopping 101.

How to make the most of your dress shopping appointment.

I had an amazing time hanging out at a local bridal shop this weekend. Isabelle’s Bridal in North Vancouver, is a boutique bridal gallery carrying the most amazing dresses are what I think are super affordable prices.

I got a chance to observe the in’s and out’s of wedding dress shopping. Brides coming in for their appointments, trying on different dresses with their family and bridal party. I loved it so much because everything is just so pretty and everyone is so happy. I definitely did learn a few things that I think every bride should know before their appointment.

1. Come with an idea of what you want your dress to look like, but also be open to trying on things that you never thought you’d like. I think that we all think we know what will look great on us, however the consultants at the bridal shop does this every day. They see these dresses on different girls, and they have heard the reactions to the dresses. So have a little faith in your experienced bridal consultant that she will not steer you in the wrong direction!

2A. Come prepared to buy! Don’t be surprised if you find the perfect dress in your first appointment, so come prepared to buy your dress not just look around.

2B. Bring the right people with you. You want to make sure to bring people to your appointment that are going to help you make the right decision. Don’t bring too many people because all of the different opinions may confuse you. However bring the people that matter, the people who’d opinion you trust. If you find “The Dress” you want those people to be there with you.

3. Don’t wait to the last minute. It takes several months for a dress to be shipped in, so don’t wait until 2 months before the wedding to get your dress. Chances are you’ll be buying off the rack and making larger alterations.

4. Bring your shoes, or at least a similar hight shoe to the one you’re planning on wearing on your wedding day. You want to see how they feel with the dress, and also how it looks when they’re ok. If you’re picking a pair of shoes with a 2-3 inch heel, there’s a chance you may see the shoes under the dress and you want to know what you’re working with.



  1. Kasia

    January 14th, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Love this! This is great!! 🙂

  2. Kayla Grey

    January 16th, 2018 at 1:42 am

    OMG, this is great for brides to know! These tips can help from getting to overwhelmed!! Love this post!

  3. Jesi

    January 19th, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Yes yes yes to 2B!! Don’t take too many people. You’ll be so overwhelmed be all of the opinions and you don’t want that to be the memory of dress shopping!

  4. veronica ilioi

    January 19th, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    such great advice Joanna, love this!!

  5. Misty

    January 20th, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    These are great tips for all brides!

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