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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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One of the first decisions that you’ll need to make when planning a wedding is to choose the date.

And for weddings slated to fall at some point toward the beginning of the year, an obvious question will arise:

Should you get married on Valentine’s Day?

On one hand, there are a number of obvious advantages to such an idea. 

Valentine’s Day is one of the most romantic days of the year. It’s literally a holiday based on the concepts of love, romance, flowers, the giving and receiving of gifts, etc. 

However, there are also some downsides to getting married on this most ‘romantic’ of days—and they can tend to make even the bravest wedding planners pause in consideration. 

  • Is it tacky?
  • Is it ‘overdone?’ 
  • Will your guests struggle to be able to RSVP to such an important event on a holiday that they’ve probably already made their own plans for?

These are some fairly obvious pros and cons. 

But the truth of the matter is that this is actually a pretty simple question to answer. 

So let’s do a deep dive and talk a little bit more about the specifics.

The Upsides To A Valentine’s Day Wedding 

There are some obvious upsides to scheduling your special day on February 14th.

First of all, Valentine’s Day is themed almost entirely around the concepts of love and romance

Even from an aesthetic perspective, the decorations for the holiday tend to fall really closely in line with the types of decorations you’d want at a beautiful wedding. 

Think reds and whites, ornate flower arrangements, hearts, etc. 

To be quite honest, there are few holidays that can give you as many beautiful built-in aesthetic benefits and themes for your wedding as Valentine’s Day.

Imagine large bouquets of white and red roses, beautiful floral wreaths adorned with red and white ribbons, and a flowing white wedding dress—trimmed with an exquisite red bow.

Imagine how much fun it would be to try on your gorgeous wedding gown with your friends and bridal party—choosing the absolute perfect dress to go along with all of those Pinterest pins, plans, cut-outs, and magazine clippings you’ve saved up to plan for this once-in-a-lifetime event—all while also knowing that your special day is going to fall directly on the most romantic day of the year! 

These are just a few examples of how a Valentines-themed wedding can be spectacular, and really help to build up anticipation to make the event as special as you’ve always dreamed it would be.

Plus, on another note, getting married on February 14th will also have an added benefit for your man—he’ll never be able to forget your wedding anniversary!   

The Downsides Of A Valentine’s Day Wedding 

Now that we’ve taken a closer look at the upsides, let’s also (in fairness) explore some of the downsides of making February 14th (or the weekend of it) your official wedding day. 

First off, some people may see it as being a bit tacky. 

However, it’s also true that proper planning and foresight can help to offset this risk.

Yes, designing a wedding theme based poorly around little Cupids and hearts could very well be written off as ‘less than traditionally tasteful.’ 

But there are also plenty of ways to portray the Valentine’s Day aesthetic while also keeping the overarching themes of your wedding classy and traditional. 

Secondly, Valentine’s Day is a popular holiday.

In fact, it’s so popular that some people worry that choosing it for a wedding date may actually prevent some people from being able to attend. 

It is, after all, a very widely celebrated mainstream holiday. 

There may be couples among your guest list who have already booked getaways or vacations over the Valentine’s Day weekend, who would thus be unable to make it to your special day as a result. 

There are also likely numerous other events (both local and abroad) that could even threaten to pull valued members of your wedding party in various different directions. 

In other words, date conflicts can arise.

Keep in mind though, that for the most part, if you give people plenty of notice, a wedding is easy to plan around. 

And honestly, that’s really the key. 

Let your potential guests know far enough in advance that they can make their own plans while still keeping your wedding on their calendar. 

Weddings are happy occasions. 

They represent the most monumental manifestation of love that humans are capable of—coming together in wedded matrimony to begin a new life and a brand new family.

And in regards to whether or not to schedule this blessed day on V-day—well, we’ll tell you the same thing we tell everyone.

When you’re tempted to fear that your wedding may conflict with other people’s plans, it’s also fair to remind yourself that weddings, by and large, are extremely important events to most people—and your wedding will be especially important to your friends, loved-ones, and family members. 

Therefore, you’re really only likely to run into scheduling conflicts if you try to schedule a Valentine’s Day wedding without enough advance notice.

In Conclusion

There are some obvious upsides and downsides to a Valentine’s Day wedding.

However, we’ve always been firm believers in the idea that the downsides can definitely be overcome with a few simple proactive measures. 

  • Firstly, make sure that your decor is aesthetically on point by minimizing some of the ‘tackier’ Valentine’s Day elements in favor of more traditional decor choices. 
  • And secondly, as long as you give your friends and loved ones enough advance notice to plan around it, scheduling really shouldn’t be a problem. 

In other words, we believe that Valentine’s Day is an amazing day for a wedding!

If you need some help planning it, please stop by to toss around your ideas. We’d love to hear them and help you out with the process.

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