Today we're hitting the road for a real-time wedding dress shopping adventure!
Before we head into the store, we're going to hang out in the studio for a few minutes to review some of my top wedding dress shopping tips.
To start our shopping trip, let's acknowledge that shopping for a wedding dress can come with lots of mixed emotions - both good AND not-so-good - and that’s 100% normal. It’s OK to go into wedding dress shopping feeling some confusion and doubt!
In pop wedding culture, saying “YES TO THE DRESS” is a once-in-a-lifetime milestone full of princess moments, fancy dress boutiques, and champagne.
In REALITY, dress shopping might come along with feelings of ...
... just to name a few.
In the first half of today's show, we run through a few quick guidelines that will help demystify the wedding dress shopping process, and put you in full control of the way your experience unfolds.
In the second half of the show, we're heading inside David's Bridal to try on dresses. You'll hear live snippets of conversation on the pro's, the con's, the do's and the don'ts of finding your dream wedding dress.
We reviewed FIVE essential dress shopping tips, but there’s so much more to get to!
The bonus version of today’s show that addresses all of these questions, including my number ONE piece of advice for a successful shopping experience is available right NOW within my digital wedding planning package, The VAULT.
To sign up for a free 3-day trial, and get your hands on that BONUS episode right now, visit www.wedpodcast.com. Once you’re signed up, you’ll look for the WEDDING PLANNING ESSENTIALS BONUS SHOWS.
Wedding Dress, Suit & Tux Shopping is show #5 and I’ve made it available within the free 3-day trial for a limited time.
A special thank you to our valued sponsors who made today's episode possible!
FALL IN LOVE with up to $500 off wedding dresses from David's Bridal! Click here to view sale styles & schedule a free styling session today.
Is your happiness suffering in these insanely stressful times? Connect with your Better Help professional counselor today and save 10% off your first month.
FREE honeymoon planning services for your all-inclusive, cruise, or exotic honeymoon AND get $50 off when you book! Simply email email@example.com to get started.
Micro weddings are here to stay, and for good reason! Today we’re going to highlight some of the HUGE freedoms that come along with hosting a small & intimate wedding.
I also have a guest bride Q&A segment to share where we cover some wonderful questions on working with wooden flowers, bridal makeup, crafting a simple gift registry, and so much more.
We spend an awful lot of time talking about how to cut through the noise, and streamline & simplify your wedding planning journey.
And though all of those conversations - about the best ways to save time, and the easiest ways to save money, and the hidden ways to avoid feeling overwhelmed - it’s easy to miss a life sized pink elephant in the room.
The absolutely most obvious and hands down easiest way to save time, money, overwhelm & stress throughout your engagement has nothing to do with strategy.
It has EVERYTHING to do with the absolutely most simple piece of advice I can imagine -
keeping your wedding small.
There have been some pretty incredible changes in the way we think about weddings over the past year.
If we rewind to one year ago, spring of 2020, the outlook was grim for couples with weddings coming up in spring, summer, fall, and turns out, even winter, even the NEXT spring.
Now that the pandemic clouds have cleared, there’s a feeling of relief that finally things can get back to normal.
Maybe you’re starting to go back to the office, and feeling excited about getting dressed for an actual reason, looking forward to sharing morning coffee with someone other than your dog. There’s traffic again on the freeway. Things we used to take for granted, like traveling or having happy hour with friends are no longer taboo. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to a close friend’s backyard gate this past year for backyard drinks and apps, and felt like I was illegally sneaking into a speak easy, being judged by the neighbors.
And for the purposes of our conversation, weddings can go back to “normal” - thousands of couples are feeling a million pound weight off their shoulders, with the 200, 300, 400 person celebration back on for later this year.
TRUST ME. I’m THRILLED to turn the corner into normal life, as thrilled as anyone out there. The past year has been awful, and I can’t wait to close the chapter.
But as awful as it was, there were so many miraculous seedlings of hope and creativity that I want to hang on to. The SURGE of micro weddings and really intimate celebrations is something that I’m definitely not ready to say goodbye to …. And actually, I’d like to keep that small legacy of the pandemic around as we move back into “normal”.
We’ve talked a lot over the past couple of weeks about feeling overwhelmed with wedding stuff. About how to intentionally approach your wedding plans with your priorities front & center. So much of that has nothing to do with wedding strategy or how-to.
It’s nothing the best wedding planner in the world could help you figure out. Rather it has everything to do with your mindset, and the way you choose to see the next few months - or maybe years - between now and your wedding day.
I’ve been ½ of that overwhelmed couple, and went through a hell of a lot of struggle and drama and screw ups to realize the things that I share with you here each week.
In a nutshell? Your engagement is a priceless season of love, transformation, happiness, joy, and connection. Connecting with your partner, your family & your friends on a deeper level than ever before. Ultimately creating an unforgettable wedding experience that’s full of meaning and leaves a legacy of love, fun, and priceless memories with all of your guests. That, my friend, is your number one priority from now to wedding day.
When couples put their attention here, there’s a magical effect. This mindset allows you to focus purely on what you value most, and how you can integrate those values & priorities into this transformational season of your life, and even beyond.
It allows your guests to experience a wedding celebration unlike any they’ve been to, and to walk away from your wedding experience saying to themselves, that was the most unforgettable wedding we’ve ever been to. It wasn’t a wedding where we downed 6 drinks and a plate of so so food, said hi to the new couple for 30 seconds, ate some cake, and went home. It was an experience that literally left a legacy of love & connection with your closest loved ones.
The mainstream wedding industry wants so badly for things to go back to “normal” - to pack venues with 300 people, 300 plates of overpriced food, and thousands of overpriced cocktails. To run up products and services and price gauge for things that cost a fraction when the word “wedding” isn’t in front.
But what if we all collectively choose connection over mindless excess.
What if we choose our priorities over the generic wedding checklist’s priorities.
What if we said no to 300 person capacity ballrooms, and YES to rustic cabin retreats, where our very closest friends and family could gather for 3-5 DAYS of wedding celebration, instead of 3-5 hours?
What if we spent days, or even a WEEK, connecting with our loved ones, instead of a few seconds in a receiving line outside the church before being whisked away in a limo to pictures, a reception, some speeches, dinner, drinks, and dancing that you didn’t even enjoy because it was all such a blur?
What if we took a pledge and said NO to the old way, and said YES to our values, our priorities, and turned our full focus & attention on our wedding experience leaving a lasting legacy on everyone involved?
If that’s you, then you’re in the right spot my friend - coming up in the second half of today's show, you’ll meet a bride who’s hosting an 18 person micro wedding at a rustic cabin retreat in Maine and who is 100% dialed in on exactly what her & her fiance value the most. I’m going to share a Q&A session we did on everything from wedding day makeup, gift registry, working with wood Sola flowers, delegating tasks, forming connections, and so much more.
Ready for the new way to plan your dream wedding celebration? Tune in to today's full episode for so much more!
Today's show is just the beginning of dozens of strategic recorded meetings that walk you through specific wedding planning milestones and show you exactly how to plan your dream wedding! Learn more and sign up for a totally free zero obligation 3-day trial by visiting www.wedpodcast.com
>>> Photos of Kate's SOLA wood flowers >>> Follow @weddingplanningpodcast on Instagram
A special thank you to today's show sponsors for making this episode possible:
Check these guys out at Generation Tux and use promo code in today's episode for 10% off the entire groom’s party AND a free groom's tux w/ 5 paid party members.
Get professional help planning your dream honeymoon for FREE when you email firstname.lastname@example.org . Don't forget to mention the Wedding Planning Podcast for $50 off your booking!