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Why I Said No to the Dress + Tips That Make Wedding Dress Shopping a Little Bit Easier

Last week I headed to the Nordstrom Wedding Suite to jumpstart my journey of finding a wedding dress. So like any bride-to-be who’s ever binge watched Say Yes to the Dress, I brought my mom and a few friends to spectate. Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, so I hope that sharing some key things I learned before and during this process will help a sister out in the future! (Why doesn’t anyone tell you this stuff?)

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Presentation is can be everything – I always think things tend to look and feel better when I feel confident, it’s cheesy but true. You don’t need to go all out, but emulating an aspect or two of how you want to look in your dream gown can definitely help. It can help you see what that dress would really look like on your big day! For me, I just made sure I used my self tanner for a couple of days leading up to trying dresses on.

Know your budget ahead of time – This is definitely important when filtering what you choose or what is brought to your dressing room. Make sure before you put anything on that it is a dress you can afford. I was very upfront with the woman who helped me last week, and I let her know my budget. If you try on a dress that’s over your budget and fall in love with it, it will either make you think ‘what if’ or make you recalculate your wedding financials.

UNDIES… Bring pasties or a sticky bra along with other bra options just in case! Annnd definitely don’t wear lime green underwear like I did (seriously, that happened).

Wear simple, classic jewelry – It will work with most dress styles and help you get a better picture of how to accessorize – I just wore diamond stud earrings!


Listen to your intuition. It can be easy to be swayed or disheartened when others don’t have the reaction you want. If you love it, say it! (But sometimes mama knows best)

Wear simple, classic jewelry – It will work with most dress styles and help you get a better picture of how to accessorize – I just wore diamond stud earrings!

Filter them out of the dressing room. When trying on, filter the dresses you liked in an area and get rid of the straight up “no’s”. Then after you are done trying everything on, try those favorites on again.

WALK IN IT! Standing on a big pedestal in front of a huge mirror is fun and all, but eventually you’re going to have to walk in that thing, and dance. Move around in the dresses if you can and get a feel for what works and doesn’t.

Attitude is everything – The first place you try on dresses is most likely not the last, so having fun and laughing it off can help you make a special memory (and not a bridezilla moment). I really focused on being positive, knowing that the experience was just paving the way to my dream dress!





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  • Reply
    October 11, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    “Walking” in your dress is a common thing, but I would have never thought to do that lol. Great tip Dani. You’re going to make a beautiful bride

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    October 11, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Holy moly you looked PERFECT in every single dress!! You will be such a beautiful bride.

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    October 11, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    I love the middle one in tge second raw ???❣❣?

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    October 11, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    I love this! And the sequined one on you is stunning!

    I would add that I would factor in alterations for your budget (unless you have a separate budget for that). Alterations, cleaning and steaming add up to quite a bit so make sure you have room for it! I know I learned it the hard way….

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    Larson McQuary
    October 11, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Hey girl! If it’s any help, I walked in to my dress consultation (2 weeks ago!) thinking I knew EXACTLY what I wanted. I chose a dress entirely different than anything I had in mind for myself! I also found the process very emotional (even though I didn’t really shed tears) and was exhausted afterwards. But I know I chose the most perfect dress for me and I definitely had goosebumps when I tried it on! You will know “the” dress when it slips on, don’t stress about it! I work as an event planner in Houston and even doing events for a living, wedding planning has been crazy! Try not to stress or get overwhelmed, that will come with the guest list, and just enjoy the moments of being engaged. You’ll be beautiful on your day, don’t let stress or anxiety take away from the joyful–sometimes hair ripping–season of being engaged! XOXO

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    October 11, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks for all the tips! Never thought about the jewelry although its so obvios.! Hope youre enjoying these experiences! You’ll make such a gorgeous bride.?

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    Jenna Newman
    October 12, 2017 at 12:00 am

    The dress with the extra color flower detail is your dress. It’s amazing and gorgeous on you!!!!

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    October 12, 2017 at 3:45 am

    Great advice!! I always tell my girls to sit too. If you have a fitted silhouette, this is a must!
    You’re going to be such a beautiful bride Xx

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    October 12, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    If these dresses were all “no’s” then I can’t wait to see what you eventually say “yes” to because you look stunning in every one! Good luck and great tips – I was married 10 years ago, the first of all my friends, so I had no clue about any of this when I went dress shopping. This article would have been very helpful 😉

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    Sara T
    October 19, 2017 at 1:28 am

    You are cute but I’m so sorry to say that y’all are SO tacky swatching lipsticks in the drug store like it is Sephora. Have some respect, you know how that one lipstick you had was “ruined”.. well it was from someone like you who decided it was okay and sanitary to swatch the lipstick. Using your platform to shamelessly propagate that practice is extremely classless.

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    Wedding Dress
    December 21, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    I love this! and therefore the spangled one on you is stunning!
    I would add that I might consider alterations to your budget (unless you have got a separate take into account that). Alterations, cleanup, and steaming add up to quite a bit thus check that you have got the area for it! i do know I learned it the arduous manner

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      Dani Austin
      December 22, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      That’s really good to keep in mind, thank you! It’s easy to lose sight of that when trying on so many pretty dresses!

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    January 11, 2018 at 2:19 am

    I still love the Martina Liana 905. It’s absolutely beautiful on you.

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    Deb Pearl
    April 27, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Thank you for all the tips for purchasing a wedding dress. I like your tip about listening to your intuition about choosing. I think you should pick the one you like and not one others like.

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      Dani Austin
      April 27, 2018 at 6:19 pm

      So important to trust yourself! Glad you agree, girl!

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    August 8, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Like!! Great article post.Really thank you! Really Cool.

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