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.
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.
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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
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!
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.