So you think you’re ready to say yes to the dress huh? I have no doubt that you have found an absolutely breathtaking gown (possibly a Pnina Tornai gown *wink,wink*) and while you are most likely overwhelmed with emotion right now, I would advise you to take a breath! Take a breath and consider these few options before you 100% say yes to the dress.
1) Are you completely in love with this gown? If the answer is no then I suggest you take it off and move on to the next one. Sometimes we can feel pressured into a gown by our parents or friends who mean well but may have a different idea for how you should look on your wedding day rather than paying attention to your vision. If you do not think that you will love this gown again after not seeing it for a while while it is being altered then I suggest finding a gown that you absolutely could not live without. Search for the gown that makes you feel like the best version of yourself and run with that feeling. The right dress will make you feel like a million bucks and have you looking like it too on your special day.
2) Can you afford this gown? I’m all for splurging a bit for what you truly want, but sometimes some things, in this instance gowns, are just not in the budget. Figure out before hand what you can honestly live with spending on the gown and stick to it. Something I do when I’m shopping is I give myself a budget and then give myself a max-budget. The max budget is what I absolutely will not go above no matter what. That way as long as I am underneath that number I can still feel good about my purchase even if it is above my initial budget. Bonus tip: look for designer’s diffusion line like my LOVE by Pnina Tornai line. That way you can still get your dream gown from your favorite designer but at a steal!
3) Is this gown everything you dreamed of and more? You can fall in love with and afford a lot of different gowns but is this gown “THE ONE”? Does it give you butterflies in your stomach? Did it make you cry (if you’re a crier and maybe even if you aren’t)? The gown you choose will be the gown that you see in all of your wedding pictures and that you should remember with the utmost fondness. My point: DO NOT SETTLE! Your dream gown is out there waiting for you to come try it on and realize that you could wear it everyday for the rest of your life. Therefore, make sure that you completely love the gown, that it fits in your budget, and that this gown surpasses anything you could have dreamed of but at the same time is everything you could have dreamed of and more!
Look, hopefully you will only be getting married once so the dress that you choose should be as special to you as the occasion will be. So before you make your final decision consider these few things, take a breath, and then say yes!
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