How Many Guests Should the Bride Invite to her Dress Appointment?

by | Jan 31, 2024 | Bridal

“Shopping for your Wedding Gown should be fun, exciting and one of the happiest moments in your life!   In these early weeks of 2024, we’re seeing that brides are trending towards a smaller number of guests at their appointment,” shares Kathryn Trocki, owner of Kathryn’s Bridal, McHenry.

“Brides are smart and know that large groups often bring conflicting opinions and add stress to what should be a magical experience. With fewer guests, brides are really able to enjoy an intimate shopping experience,” adds Kathryn.  “The bride is finding it’s easier to make a decision because she can focus on herself and how she feels in each dress.  She’s in control of her appointment rather than worrying about her entourage. Brides really seem to like the opportunity to purchase with calmness and clarity. A relaxing atmosphere helps the bride build certainty when choosing a gown.”

According to Randy Fenoli, star of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, “Your shopping partners should support you and have a very clear understanding about your goal and what your bridal style and budget are. They need to respect the fact that this is your wedding gown and be there to offer advice only when asked.”

Before you make your Bridal Salon appointment, determine how many differing voices you would like to hear and invite accordingly. Only include the people who can offer sincere feedback and enhance your shopping experience. You can always schedule a dress reveal appointment for all your friends and family afterwards. We also have many brides inviting guests to their first alterations fitting to reveal their gown choice.

Three or four guests seems to be the ideal number for brides who seriously want to find their dress. Remember that shopping companions bring opinions.  So, brides should carefully consider whose opinion they truly need to make a decision. 

We want our brides to look forward to having fun at their appointment and find a beautiful dress they are excited to wear. If your group is large, and you have to include everyone, we understand. Give us a call and let us know how we can help you have the most magical shopping experience ever!

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