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Shopping for bridesmaid dresses is a big job.

And not surprisingly, many people are turning to the Internet to help them accomplish it. 

Let’s be honest—we all like to order things online. 

It’s convenient, it’s easy, and it’s fast. 

Plus, you have access to literally a world full of products right at your fingertips. 

But some items are just better shopped for in person. And bridesmaid dresses absolutely fall into this category.

Here’s the thing. Your wedding is a very important day. And the bridesmaid dresses are one of the more essential pieces to the puzzle.

If they’re not quite right, you’re really going to notice it—and it’s going to make you wish that you had taken the time and made the effort to ensure that they were perfect for the occasion. 

In this post, you’re going to learn five different, specific reasons for why it’s always better to buy bridesmaid dresses locally, as opposed to online.

1. They Seldom Look Or Fit As Advertised

If you’ve ever ordered clothes online, then you probably know exactly how often this happens. 

You see a dress, a nice top, or a pair of shorts or a pair of shoes while shopping online. 

You order them. 

They get shipped to you—fast and on schedule.

Except, when you put them on for the first time, they just don’t fit.

Or even worse, they don’t even look like they did in the pictures.

Very rarely does this work out to your advantage. 

Then, it can really only be solved with a time-consuming return and refund process. 

By contrast, buying bridesmaid dresses in person assures that you’ll get to not only see what they look like on the bridesmaids, but this process also gives you the power to compare different options to see which one looks the best. 

2. You Can’t Feel The Material

When you order online, you’ll be taking a somewhat wild guess as to the quality of the material

Pictures only do you so much good. 

And even then, they can be deceiving. 

It’s always better to shop for such an important dress in person—because it’ll allow you to actually put your hands on the fabric to feel what the dresses are made from for yourself. Trust us, your bridesmaids will thank you!

3. You Can’t Account For Body Style

Anyone who’s ever purchased a dress knows the underlying frustration that comes from trying to match different types of dresses to different body styles. 

We’re all different and unique.

And yet, it’s nearly impossible to tell how a particular dress will look on someone until they’ve had the chance to try it on. 

And online dresses are the worst for this, because it feels like they’re really only made for one specific body type (in slightly different size variations).

It’s always a better idea to try all of the potential bridesmaid dresses on all of the bridesmaids before making your final choice. 

This will allow you to get a great sense of what everyone thinks about them, how they feel while being worn, how they match with the wedding gown, etc.

Remember, we have in-house alterations to take care of all those little adjustments, so the dresses fit perfectly!

4. Bridesmaid Dress Disasters Are Costly

Imagine ordering three bridesmaid dresses with plenty of time to try them on for the wedding. 

But then, shipping runs late—or the dresses get back-ordered (yikes). 

Then, a month later, they arrive late—and you realize that not only do they not fit well, but that they’re strangely sized about three sizes too small

Plus, the material is a slightly different color than the pictures displayed—and they’re just different enough to not really match with the gown.

These types of disasters can actually be really costly.

They can cut into the valuable time you need to properly plan your big day. 

Shopping in person, however, really helps to eliminate this potentiality. And depending on how many bridesmaids are in your wedding party, it could have been a major disaster. So why risk it?

5. You Could End Up Wasting Money

While many online retailers do offer returns and/or exchanges, it’s not always such a simple process. 

We’ve talked to more than one bride who, in the bustle and the stress of trying to get ready for the big day (and replacing those awful online bridesmaid dresses), forgot to send back the ones she ordered. 

And guess what? 

That can add up to hundreds of dollars just wasted on dresses that nobody is going to be able to wear.

This just isn’t acceptable. 

The way we see it, your hard-earned money should actually go to things that’ll help you to have an amazing, beautiful wedding—and not wasted on dresses that arrive late, three sizes too small, that are a different color than what you ordered.

Conclusion

Hopefully, this post has helped you to understand some of the dangers of ordering bridesmaid dresses online. 

Don’t get us wrong—we love online shopping just as much as the next person. 

But there are just some things that are better to shop for in-person.

We at MK Bridal would love to help you pick out the perfect bridesmaid dresses for your big day. 

You can browse our selections online — then schedule your appointment to see, feel, and try them on!

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Trying on bridal gowns can be an exciting process. 

But it can also be stressful, challenging… and sometimes, downright discouraging. 

Here’s the thing. 

If there’s one singular event that you’ve been looking forward to the most in your life — your wedding probably comes pretty close to taking the cake. 

This means (deep in-out breath) that you may be putting a lot of pressure on yourself without even realizing it. 

And trying on wedding dresses can actually really magnify this pressure. 

Why?

Because this is your wedding dress — and you want it to be perfect, beautiful, and exactly how you always imagined it. 

For this reason, it can be challenging to actually get into the process and realize that it may not work exactly as you imagined it would. 

But here’s the good news. 

We here at MK Bridal know this process intimately. 

And if there’s one thing we’re rockstars at, it’s helping brides with the task of finding the most magical wedding gown for their big day! 

So in this post, you’re going to learn a few little ‘tips and tricks’ from our own playbook, to help you keep an open mind while trying on dresses. 

We promise — this experience doesn’t have to be stressful. 

It’s all about how you approach it!

5 Tips for Keeping an Open Mind When Trying On Wedding Dresses 

1. Take It One Day at a Time 

When shopping for a bridal gown, you may be tempted to think of the entire process as ‘one item’ on your wedding to-do list. 

But this may really threaten to overwhelm you and multiply that pressure you’re going to feel!

Instead, think of each step as a separate task. 

You can get started today by booking an appointment with us!

Staying open-minded about the process itself will really help you to fight back that stress and relax. 

2. Understand That You Don’t Need to Please Everyone 

Listen. 

This might be challenging to hear, but it’s so important that you take this advice to heart:

Your bridal gown doesn’t have to please anyone but you!

Have you ever heard the saying…

“Opinions are like armpits. Everyone has a couple, and they all stink!”

Well, it’s especially true when it comes to bridal gowns. 

So try not to get too wrapped up in what you think extended friends and family members will think about your gown.

In other words — be open-minded about trusting your own judgment during this process.  

The big question that you need to ask whenever you try on a gown is this…

Do I love it?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to that question, then you’ve probably found a winner! 

3. Don’t Let Outside Opinions Trump Your Desires

It’s true that bringing bridesmaids, sisters, your mother, and sometimes even your future mother-in-law (!) with you when trying on gowns is often an important rite of passage and family activity for the bride. 

And honestly, we love these occasions. 

But it’s also true that this is your wedding. 

So listen to everyone’s opinions — but don’t let them sway your true desires or cause you to compromise on what you really want. 

Once again, be open-minded about believing in yourself and in your capability to make the right choices for your special day. 

4. Be Open to Expanding Your Horizons 

We get it. 

You’ve probably been dreaming about this day for years. 

And you may already not only have a mental picture of the exact type of dress you want to wear firmly implanted in your mind — but you may also even be picturing exactly how you want that dress to look and fit you. 

But here’s the thing. 

These types of expectations can really work against you (as in, they can seriously stress you out) when the time comes to try on bridal gowns. 

Instead, try to let go of your preconceived ideas, and to treat each new dress for exactly what it is — an amazing new opportunity to have a beautiful wedding that’ll go down in the family history books as fabulous!

5. Slow Down and Enjoy the Process

When it comes to being open-minded, this is really the best piece of advice: 

Just take the process slowly, and savor it. 

Instead of rushing through one dress and onto the next one, just take a moment or two to look into the mirror, spin around, admire it — and just bask in the moment

You’re trying on a bridal gown right now!

This is something to fully immerse yourself into and enjoy. 

So be that bride who’s impossible to ruffle — and empower yourself by just slowing it down, choosing your own pace, and not being afraid to remind everyone that you’re here to fully live this experience — and to find the perfect dress for your big day. 

It’s pretty much impossible to lose when you maintain this optimistic, in-the-moment mindset! 

Conclusion

Hopefully, this post has given you some useful ideas for how you can remain open-minded and make the most of the occasion when you try on bridal gowns. 

We here at MK Bridal obviously love wedding dresses. You can even browse our shop to see some of our latest options for not only bridal gowns, but also bridesmaid dresses and accessories. 

Ready for some help? Come on in and pay us a visit. 

We’d love to find you the perfect gown for your perfect day.

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If you’re planning for your big day in the fall, the early spring (i.e. right now) is the perfect time of the year to start making preparations. 

If you can be sure of one thing in life, it’s that you can never have too much preparation time when planning a wedding

And with spring already upon us, it’s time to get fall wedding plans kicked into full gear!

Did you know that 40% of couples categorize wedding planning as ‘extremely stressful,’ with 71% describing it as ‘more nerve-wracking’ than other major life events?

Hey—we get it. It can be a lot to bite off. 

And if you’re looking at beginning your own wedding preparations, you probably understand these statistics better than anyone! 

So getting started early is important. It’ll help you to avoid some of that needless stress, and give you time to truly enjoy the wedding planning process. 

And to be honest, isn’t that what it’s really all about?

Getting Married Requires Plenty Of Preparation Time

You’ll need to make a game-plan, pick out invitations, choose a venue, decide on decorations and colors—and perhaps most importantly, begin the process of finding the perfect dress to really bring it all together. 

Remember—venues book up quickly, especially around key fall dates. 

Vendors also book fast. Finding the right caterers, photographers, videographers, etc. is only half of it. Booking them and securing their services on your wedding day is also something that you should do well in advance. 

If you’re not sure where to start, consider using a wedding checklist to help you bring it all together and make a plan of action.  

We love this checklist from Brides.com

If You’re Getting Married In The Fall, Get Your Dress Ordered In The Spring

The dress is most definitely a part of the ensemble that you’ll want to order early—as early as possible. 

In other words—if you plan to get married in the fall, it’s in your best interest to start thinking about your dress today

Here’s why. 

(Do you need some help picking out the perfect gown? Check out our options here.)

There Are Some Factors That Are Within Our Control…

Some matters pertaining to the ‘choosing and ordering of the dress’ are controllable—and thus, ordering early can help us to make sure that everything gets done sooner rather than later. 

For example, choosing your dress can actually take a bit of time. You may want to try on a few different options, show a few people what they look like, do some research, get some opinions, and even sleep on it (maybe more than once) before making your final choice.

The good thing about this part, though, is that nearly every dress we carry is actually represented on-hand, in the store. 

This is part of what makes MK Bridal a great choice, if you actually want to try on the dresses (which we absolutely recommend). 

Of course, once you find the perfect style, we’ll special-order the dress specifically tailored to your size.  

When the dress arrives, you’ll also probably need a few alterations. Thankfully, we also have staff on hand to speed that process up as well—but it’s always good to get started on those modifications as soon as possible, in order to avoid rushing to get them done right before the deadline for the wedding! 

As a bride-to-be, you’re probably already well aware of the fact that there’s plenty to be stressed out about as it is. 

Taking hurried time out of those final days before the wedding to alter the dress will just pile more stress on top of your already challenging wedding-day timeline. 

There Are Also Some Things That Just Aren’t Controllable…

We all know that this world is getting crazier by the day!

And unfortunately, this can also translate to longer shipping times for wedding dresses. 

We’re always striving to get our special-order dresses in as fast as possible, but it never hurts to start the process sooner, rather than later. 

Sometimes, we also see handling delays with manufacturers. This is partly due to the surge in demand. But it can also be caused by other variables.

We love the manufacturers we utilize for our wedding dresses. But sometimes, it’s important to understand that it can take some time to even get the dresses shipped! 

Supply chain issues can also sometimes cause ‘rifts’ in the wedding-dress shipping chain. 

This is unfortunate. But hey—we live in a world where it seems to get more difficult by the day to ship things quickly and on time!

So placing your order earlier gives you your best possible shot at making sure that your dress arrives on time and without issue. 

Conclusion

Hopefully, this post has inspired you to take action today to start looking for the perfect dress for your big day this fall. 

We love fall weddings! And we hate to admit that we’re a little biased—but we’re all about the bride here at MK Bridal. 

So let’s work together to make your upcoming fall wedding the perfect day that it deserves to be.

Not sure how to get started? Contact us today. We’d be happy to help you!

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