Clothing is important. It has the power to highlight our best assets and minimize our worst. So it’s totally understandable that you will want your wedding dress to do the same. After all, your wedding is bound to be one of the most important days of your life, and being on show for 24 hours straight only strengthens the necessity for a bridal dress that is as beautiful as it is comfortable and as elegant as it is timeless.
Whether you’re making your wedding dress from scratch, sourcing it from a top designer or doing a bit of both, it’s always important to keep things in perspective. It’s easy for brides to get too overly involved in the planning of their dress. We recognize this is a real issue for many brides so we have compiled a checklist that you can refer to if you’re worried you’re going too far overboard in the dress department. Unsure where you sit on the dress-obsessed scale? Here are 3 telltale signs you may need to take a step back and relax:
You cry every time you visit your dressmaker
Preparing for a wedding can be an emotional time for brides, but if you find yourself in tears when the slightest thing goes wrong with your dress, it is a pretty clear sign that you’re in too deep. To counteract some of that weepiness, try reminding yourself that in the end your dress will no doubt be perfect. It is in the hands of a very capable seamstress or designer who knows what they are doing and if you won’t settle for anything less than the best, neither will they.
You’re importing designer lace from the south of France
One indication that your bridal dress is taking up far too much of your time and energy is if you find yourself sourcing supplies for your dress from far off countries. Yes, those Swarovski crystals may in fact sparkle brighter when shipped from a small town in Italy, but do you really want to go to all that trouble for a dress you’ll be wearing for one day? Keeping things local will guarantee less stress, faster turnaround times and an overall happier and calmer bride.
Your dress is more a focus than your soon-to-be husband
Before you laugh this one off, think for a second about the last time you paid this much attention to an inanimate object. If your dress is turning out to be more of a focus than your fiancé, something is wrong. Yes, your dress is important, but your relationship with your soon-to-be husband is far more. A good way to bridge the dress over fiancé divide is to include your fiancé in the planning of your dress. Drag him along to some of your fittings, and as you watch the pride on his face it will be just another reminder of where your real loyalties lie.
Other indications that your dress is taking up far too much of your head space is if you find yourself losing sleep over it, your appetite is affected or you simply cannot stop thinking about it. So here’s a little rhyme we made up for you so you can remember what to do if you find yourself in this situation.
Obsessed over a dress?
Take a step back and reassess.
You’ll end up with a beautiful dress
Without all of the unnecessary stress.
So don’t let yourself be a mess
Instead go plan your dress!
Now how’s that for a poor attempt to rhyme?