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Navigating the Pinterest “trend” and finding a Wedding dress style you will love for a lifetime
Let’s face it, pinterest can be an INCREDIBLE tool to use when planning a wedding. The stunning visual elements, the “pro-tips” to help you with the “how,” inspiring color palettes, all can be of great use to a future bride. But what pinterest doesn’t set you up for in all its shiny glory is… the reality of cost, time most wedding elements take to execute, stress, family dynamics, and how to resolve those feelings quickly so you can enjoy your engagement AND your wedding.
In the realm of wedding dresses, with so many options out there, it can be hard to fully see what is available on pinterest unless you specifically search for cuts. And even then, you can be swept away by constant images of gown styles that are popular, “trendy” and potentially not the right one for your personal style, taste, and of course that looming “B” word…budget.
Not to worry dear bridal beauty! There are steps you can take to navigate pinterest before you begin shopping for the dress of your dreams. This will prepare and align you, your trusted friends/family who will join you in your fitting, and your bridal stylist. You will gain more clarity in who you are, how you want to feel, and you will have the pinterest visuals to support your vision.
Whether you have started your search or this is new, start with a basic pinterest search of “wedding dresses.” It will look similar to this:
Don’t be tempted by the categories at the top just yet. Remember, you want to see everything that might be available, before pinterest narrows your search based on your online behavior.
As you scroll through pins, think about your favorite body part. Yes, I am asking you to be kind to yourself, free of judgment, and think about a feature you want to show off on your wedding day. Is it your legs? Do you have great arms, shoulders, and back? Do you have a rocking booty and hips that don’t lie? Then let’s show those off! You could even ask your partner what they would love to see you accentuate on your special day. Their love and honesty will help you gain perspective on how others see your beauty. Using these answers, you can begin looking for specific shapes, cuts, and styles that will highlight and flatter your unique body. Embrace your curves or create them with the dress!
Consider the dress materials. Do you love lace, sequins, or loads of tulle? Would you prefer a mix of fabrics? Surprisingly as you get more specific, your point-of-view will expand and more options will become available to you.
Avoid strong statements like “I would never wear” or “I would only wear” or “this is the ONLY style that looks good on me” because though you may feel that way now, there is something magical that can happen with a wedding dress. It has the potential to change your perspective, to sharpen your beauty, to surprise and to delight you. You can let that happen.
Pin for portions as well as the whole
You may not like the full execution of a dress but you might like a detail that was used. Pin those details and leave yourself a note in the caption portion so you remember what it was you were inspired by.
Utilize the experts
Guess who pins thousands of bridal design, detail, dimension, and wedded dreams? Your bridal salon! Not only are you able to access their images and pinboard organization, but you can get a strong sense of who they are and the styles they carry.
Come appointment time, share your visions, ideas, and input with your stylist while remaining open to their expertise and to the experience (you can utilize the expert again!). This is THE most important step. Being open to options you might not have thought of or considered is a fantastic approach to wedding dress shopping. This doesn’t mean you have to try on everything in the store to feel like you gave your best effort. During my bridal dress experience, everything I had pinned ended up being nothing I liked. The shape was odd for me and did not showcase my personality. The moment we put a dress on that did, I felt at home and comfortable in my own skin. That is what a trusted bridal salon wants for you, what your partner wants for you, and most importantly you should want for you. You deserve to radiate on your wedding day!