Wedding Wednesday: Confessions of a Bridal Stylist

Sep 9, 2015
When I quit my big girl job last January to go back to school I took on a part time role as a bridal stylist. In my role as a stylist I learned many tricks of the trade to make wedding dress shopping a positive experience for brides and their consultants.



//1// HAVE A VOICE
I couldn't believe how many brides came in and just didn't speak. I'd ask an opinion of a dress that she had it on and she would just stare blankly into the mirror. Bridal stylists don't know what dresses to pull or what direction to go  if you don't give feedback. It's ok if you don't know what you want. You can always start by telling your stylist what you don't want.



//2// COME IN FRESH
This my nice way of saying make sure you shower. You wouldn't believe how many smelly, sweating brides come in. Make sure to freshen up and use deodorant before your appointment. Those rooms are small and you and your stylist will be in very tight quarters together for the majority of your appointment.



//3// DON'T YOUNG CHILDREN
A lot of brides bring small family members thinking that these little girls will be an awe of the moment. They never are. These little princess are antsy and really don't comprehend what's going on. Wait until they are 7 or 8 and can really understand and enjoy the moment.




//5// BE KIND TO YOUR STYLIST
Things are always changing. New dresses and new sales pop up in the store every day. Be patient with us while we try to adapt to the day to day changes.



//6// BE MINDFUL OF YOUR APPOINTMENT TIME
Most bridal shops allow one to one and half hour appointments for bridal sessions. Most days stores have back to back appointments. It's really awkward for stylists to have to tell their brides to be that time is up. I loved my brides who would check in with me about how much time they had left.


 
//7// REMEMBER IT'S THE BRIDE'S DAY
Brides - it's ok for you to be selfish on this day. You're the one who is going to be wearing this dress and your dress will be immortalized in your wedding photos. Friends and family - it's her day. Just because you wouldn't wear the particular styles the bride is trying on doesn't mean it's not a lovely dress. It's about her style, not yours. I've seen so many friends and family members talk the bride out of her dream dress because it wasn't their cup of tea.



//8// WEAR CUTE UNDERGARMENTS
Your bridal stylist will see you in your skivvies. A cute panty and bra set will make everyone feel more comfortable.



//9// LEAVE THE ENTOURAGE AT HOME
Bring only 2 or 3 of your favorite people. There isn't room in the salon for every bride to bring a party of 5+ to her appointment. There isn't enough space and too many opinions become confusing for the bride.


//10// DON'T STRESS
Picking out a wedding dress should be a fun and memorable experience. If you feel yourself getting stressed, call it a day and come back another time.

 
 
 
 


10 comments:

  1. This post is fantastic. So informative. I too work in retail part-time in dresses. It amazes me how many people come in right from the gym, sweating and stinking, wanting to try dresses on. Please shower first!

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  2. This is such good advice! Picking out a dress was definitely my favorite part of wedding planning, and I agree with everything you said!

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  3. Great tips! I can't believe people would go bridal dress shopping straight from the gym. Ew!

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  4. lol @ wearing nice underwear and showering. people can be so gross!

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  5. LOL! I love this list! Love these tips! Trish - tales from trish

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  6. What a great post! And I can't even imagine being stinky sweaty while trying on the dress I might wear on my wedding day!

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  7. Omg, YES to #9. The first time I went wedding dress shopping, things got out of control. It started off with a couple close friends, than the parents and sisters wanted to come, and then the rest of the bridesmaids invited themselves and I couldn't say no to anyone but I was SO overwhelmed. Needless to say, I didn't find my dress that day and ended up buying one alone a month later, ha!

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  8. Great tips! I'm having my dress custom-made, but several of these still apply.
    I'd also add that she should be wearing the undergarments and shoes she plans on wearing to the wedding, to get the true effect of how the dress will look.

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  9. What a wonderful post!! I also hired such a professional stylist for my big day. I had destination wedding at prettiest Chicago event space and she offered her services at same price even for my destination event. She was so nice and highly talented!

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