Whether you’ve been dreaming of this day since you were a little girl, or are dreading the undertaking of finding the perfect wedding dress, the experience will be one you’ll remember for the rest of your life. While there are many aspects you can’t control when it comes to finding your dream gown, there is one thing you can and that’s who you bring with you. We’ve all seen it on TLC’s Say Yes To The Dress, the bride who brings her groom with her, or the impossible grandmother who insists on a turtleneck dress, or maybe it’s her 15 best friends who all have opinions of their own.
We know your wedding dress is the most important dress you’ll ever wear and you want to make sure it’s perfect, but the more opinions you get, the harder it will be do decide on a dress. Many bridal experts recommend only bringing only two people, often times a bride’s mom and sister or best friend. While we don’t have a magic number for you, we want to tell you that it’s important to bring people who have your best interest at heart, will be 100% honest with you, and truly want you to be happy with your dress, even if it’s not what they would have chosen. It’s also important that the people you bring with you know what’s “you” and what isn’t. (In case no one had told you yet your wedding is all about you and dress shopping should be no exception.)
Now, let’s talk about who you should avoid bringing! First, there is the future mother-in-law situation. While some brides may have very close relationships with their future mother-in-law and can’t imagine not having her there, others wouldn’t feel comfortable with her there. Here’s a good rule of thumb: if you often find yourself with high anxiety or around a person, you probably shouldn’t take her wedding dress shopping.
Then, there’s your friend you love to pieces, but she’s a little dramatic and tends to make things about her; It might be best to have her stay home. Let her know she’s important and you’ll send her a photo, but you want to keep your dress shopping posse small.
Although some brides consider dress shopping to be the pinnacle bonding experience with their moms, sisters, grandmas, aunts, mother-in-laws, BFFs, college roommates, neighbors, and maybe even your favorite barista at Starbucks, too many opinions will lead to the ultimate disarray and you hiding in the dressing room with a stiff martini.