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Debunking Wedding Gowns Shopping Myths

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

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Welcome to Gigi’s Bridal, where we celebrate the joyous journey of finding the perfect wedding dress. At Gigi’s Bridal, we understand that choosing the gown for your special day is a momentous occasion filled with excitement, emotions, and dreams. As a bride-to-be, you deserve an unforgettable experience that reflects your unique style and showcases your inner radiance. In this blog, we aim to simplify your wedding gown shopping experience and equip you with the confidence to discover your bridal look.

Here are a few common misconceptions when it comes to shopping for your wedding gown:

Myth #1: You will cry when you say yes to the dress for you

The experience of finding your wedding dress is deeply personal and emotional for many brides, but it's not a universal expectation to cry when you find the right dress. Everyone reacts differently, and there is no right or wrong response.

Some brides do have an emotional reaction and may shed tears of joy or feel a strong emotional connection when they find their dream dress. It can be an overwhelming and significant moment for them. On the other hand, some brides may feel a sense of excitement, relief, or simply a deep sense of satisfaction without shedding tears.

Wedding dress shopping can be an emotionally tolling experience, especially if you are missing a loved one or going through a challenging time. Be kind to yourself and understand that life’s demands are real. Give yourself grace.

The important thing is to focus on how the dress makes you feel. It's about finding a dress that aligns with your vision, makes you feel confident, beautiful, and reflects your personal style. Whether you cry or not, trust your instincts, and choose the dress that truly resonates with you.

Myth #2 You have to wear shapewear when shopping for your wedding gown

A gentle reminder from Gigi’s Bridal that the gown is made to fit you, you are not made to fit the gown. We empower you to make a decision based on your relationship with your body. We understand that in some instances, shapewear can lend confidence but the reality is that oftentimes, shapewear is imposed on a bride to make her feel like she needs a new body. Such is not the case. We advocate for loving your body in your wedding dress.

The decision to wear shapewear is entirely up to your personal preference and comfort. Some brides may choose to wear shapewear to provide a smoother silhouette or to enhance certain areas, while others may prefer to try on dresses without it.

If you already have shapewear that you plan to wear on your wedding day, you may consider bringing it along to your dress appointments to get a better idea of how the dress will look and feel with it. Ultimately, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable and confident during the dress shopping experience.

Myth #3: You have to shop for your wedding gown way far in advance

While it's true that some brides begin their dress search early, there's no hard and fast rule. This all depends on what you want and need in your wedding gown. You can start shopping whenever you feel ready. Keep in mind that certain customizations or alterations may take time, so give yourself a few months to ensure everything is perfect. Be sure to have an open conversation with your stylist about your wedding gown expectations. Your highly trained stylist will be able to curate a selection of gowns that meet your needs.

Buying a dress off the rack is a perfectly valid option. Bridal boutiques like Gigi’s Bridal offer off the rack wedding gowns that are fully yours the same day you say yes to the dress. This can be a great way to find a beautiful dress at a more affordable price and save time on ordering and alterations.

Remember, your wedding dress shopping experience should be enjoyable and reflect your personal style. Don't let these myths dictate your decisions. Trust yourself, stay true to what makes you feel amazing, and have fun finding your perfect dress!

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