Tips for buying your wedding dress

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

You’ve just said “YES” to the man of your dreams, now it’s time to find the perfect gown. If you’ve ever seen “Say Yes To The Dress,” you’ve seen some super stressed brides and gown shopping horrors. Here are a few quick tips to keep your day stress-free.

Tips For Stress-Free Wedding Dress Shopping

1. Make An Appointment

Make an appointment at bridal salon

Making an appointment with a wedding gown salon is just as important as scheduling an appointment with your doctor – you would never just pop-in on your dermatologist, right?

Setting an appointment allows the salon to prepare for you. They’ll be expecting you on the decided date and time and your consultant will be able to focus entirely on you. Without an appointment, there may not be anyone available to show you a single dress – yikes!

Okay, so you’ve made an appointment. Don’t get caught up in the moment and make 3 appointments for the same day. If you don’t find your dress at the first salon, then go ahead and make a second appointment. Decision exhaustion is real – your brain can’t handle looking at too many dresses in one day!

2. Know Your Budget

Look at dresses within your budget

Knowing the dress budget before the first appointment will relieve so much stress. I PROMISE.

  • If you are paying for the gown, do some research and come up with a number both you and your fiancé are comfortable with.
  • If someone else is paying, have a conversation before your appointment. This may be uncomfortable initially, but totally worth it in the end. If you know the budget is $2,500, you won’t need to wonder if you should try the $5,000 gown in the window!
  • Consider accessories and alterations. Make sure you have some wiggle room; don’t max out your budget on the gown alone.

3. Limit Your Entourage

Limit your entourage

The great Andy Warhol once said, “One’s company, two’s a crowd, and three’s a party.”

However, I think it’s best to leave the party for the wedding day. Too many opinions during the appointment can be overwhelming and confusing. You’ll be the one wearing the gown when you say “I do” so it’s important to bring only those whose opinions you trust and who encourage you to find the dress that makes you feel the most beautiful. Oh, and be sure to bring along the person with the purse.

4. Have An Open Mind

Have an open mind

So, you’ve probably been adding photos to your wedding dress Pinterest board for the last 6 years. That’s ok! In fact, you should do some research on different styles and fabrics before your first appointment. However, it’s equally as important that you go into each appointment with an open mind. It’s not uncommon to fall in love with a dress that you never imagined even trying on!

5. Don’t Be Afraid To Say, “Yes!”

Say "Yes" to your dress

There’s a good chance you’ll be able to find a dress you love at every bridal salon you waltz into. That being said, it’s okay to find “the one” at your very first appointment! Don’t think you need to try on every gown in the city before you can decide. It’s actually pretty common for brides to purchase one of the first dresses they try on when working with an experienced bridal consultant.

So, when you find a gown you love, stop looking and say, “YES!”

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Bio:  Alyssa Hall is the Social Media Manager for Bustle. Bustle is a bridal salon nestled in Homewood, Alabama providing a high-end shopping experience to style-savvy brides on a budget. Bustle specializes in designer sample wedding gowns straight off the rack. Visit Bustle’s website to learn more!






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Your hair is your crowning glory on your wedding day

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

From one fine-haired lady to another I understand the frustration and limitations that can come with owning a finer head of hair, so today I am sharing my go-to tips and advice on how to get those fine haired strands to work just the way you want them to on your special day!

Wedding Beauty Tips For Brides With Fine Hair

Nourish your hair

#1 Nourish the hair:

Fine hair can often grow at a snail’s pace and be extremely fragile and prone to breakage or damage. To ensure your hair is at its healthiest, consider adding a hair growth and strengthening supplement to your regime. There are many varieties available, and I recommend trying some of them in the lead-up to your wedding day! Biotin, silica, and zinc are all great supplements to assist with the healthy growth and development of hair & nails; find the one that is best suited to your needs and budget, Keep in mind these supplements can take 6-8 months until you see any results, so start early.

Protect your hair with professional hair products

#2 Plump up the volume:

Select a professional range of shampoo & conditioner that has volumizing or thickening benefits, as they are often less likely to weigh the hair down or make it oily making the hair look thicker and fuller.

Was fine hair less frequently

#3 Shampoo less:

Daily shampooing can seem like an impossible habit to break, although it’s worth persevering through a few bad hair days to achieve a balanced & healthy scalp. Shampooing the hair more often than required strips the hair of its natural oils, causing your scalp to overproduce the oils that have been stripped from over washing. To achieve a balanced scalp, limit shampooing & conditioning to three to four times a week. Only apply your conditioner on the ends of your hair.

Hot hair tools can damage fine hair

 #4 Protect your hair:

Heat damage from hot tools is often underestimated. Once the hair has been exposed to heat damage, your only option is to cut it off! If you are using heat styling tools such as blow-driers, curling irons or flat irons, ensure you are using a thermal protection spray to prevent heat damage in the lead up to your wedding day.

Add colour to add dimension

#5 Volumize with colour:

Hair colour can create an illusion of thicker/denser hair when placed strategically. I recommend a multi-dimensional look with 2-3 shades of variation to make your hair look thicker. Always add a professional treatment after your colour service such as Olapex, and avoid over lightening the hair, which can lead to breakage and damage.

Hair extensions for drama

#5 Add Volume:

Adding hair extensions to your wedding day hairstyle can be the perfect instant fix to longer thicker hair that will have the benefit of longer lasting hairstyling results on your wedding day. Hair padding (synthetic hair) is also a great alternative to hair extensions to achieve additional volume, and shape to bridal updo’s.

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Updos for bridal beauty

Bio: Bridal Hair Collective is an elite team of bridal & event hair specialists led by international hair stylist Amy Griffiths. With locations in Toronto, ON & Sydney, NSW. Bridal Hair Collective has a simple philosophy: To provide their brides with access to the latest trends and techniques along with customized consultation and beauty advice to ensure all their brides walk down the aisle with an individualized and unique hairstyle. Their mission is to provide a relaxed experience by taking the time to get to know you so they can create a vision together focused on your needs and our expertise.

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