by Ashton Cude

Happy Friday! Just when I think I’ve exhausted all my bridal knowledge, I think back to my time as a bride and inspiration strikes. Today I’m sharing the things I wish I had known going in to wedding dress shopping. These are nuggets of wisdom I think every bride should munch on as she prepares to search for her gown. Keep these things in mind and you’ll save yourself the climb up the steep learning curve that is bridal styling.



Bridal sizing runs on the European size chart. Brides who don’t know this handy little piece of information are often shocked by the size they’re wearing. Don’t fret, ladies! Think of it as the metric system versus the U.S. system. It’s a whole different conversion. Remember that size doesn’t define you Don’t let that little number on the tag worry you one bit. Special order bridal shops will measure you and make sure they order the size closest to what fits your body. The only thing that matters is that you feel beautiful in your dress, regardless of the size. 




One of the things that will make a bridal consultant want to put her face in tulle and scream faster than you can say “Chantilly lace” is constant comparisons to prom. As a recent bride, I understand. Prom dress shopping is often the only other formal gown shopping experience girls have. But be careful about using prom as your frame of reference when wedding dress shopping. Prom and your wedding are two completely different events. While prom is a fun rite of passage that should be enjoyed, it is honestly irrelevant in comparison with your wedding. No one, and I mean NO ONE who is at your wedding is going to be thinking about what you wore to prom. No matter what you wore to prom, whether you loved it or hated it, when it comes to shopping for your wedding gown, you need to make like Queen Elsa and “Let it Go.” 




Like in many other aspects of life, reality TV has given us unrealistic expectations when it comes to dress shopping. I see so many brides find a dress they are clearly in love with at their first appointment and leave without it because they’re afraid it was too easy. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it is not that hard to find your wedding dress. If you shop at a place with a good selection and have a consultant who’s good at her job, you stand a very good chance of finding a wedding dress you’ll never regret. Shopping for your gown is one of the most fun, joyful parts of the wedding planning process. But take it from me, shopping just for the sake of shopping stops being fun fast. Brides get overwhelmed and forget what they wanted in the first place. If you find your wedding dress shopping process has become stressful…stop. Take a step back and regroup. Finding your wedding dress should be a joy from beginning to end, so don’t make it harder on yourself than it has to be.

If these tips are rocking your world and you’d like to hear more about what I’ve learned by going from a bride to a bridal consultant, check out this post. We hope our blog tips educate and empower you to find the dress of your dreams! Have a great rest of the week, loves, and check back on Friday to see some of the new arrivals we’re fawning over. P.S. All of the photos in this post feature real Meant to Be Brides. What can we say? We like to show them off!