A lady friend of mine recently got married. And typically, like most men, I never realized the amount of planning and synchronization that goes into a wedding. It’s a production process equivalent to a major Hollywood blockbuster movie. And, from what my friend told me, the most stressful part for her was picking out a wedding gown. This surprised me, because I thought it was just like going shopping for a dress. Find one and buy it, right? But that’s not the way it works with wedding gowns, which operate in a different dimension. The whole thing intrigued me, so I decided to rectify my ignorance.
To find out more about the wedding industry, especially the bridal gown part, I did a little research. One of the best sites I found was www.AnyaBridal.com, a bridal warehouse in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s owned and operated by Emily Smith and Nicole Vaden, who maintain they can work within any budget because they have their own line of gowns, along with discounted prices on designer accessories.
Anya Bridal Warehouse has a few suggestions for brides-to-be shopping for their wedding gowns. First, know what your budget is and stick to it. Most bridal salons don’t reveal the price of a gown until you’ve tried it on and fallen in love with it. Then they stomp on your dream with the retail details. Before you visit any salon, call them and ask them what their price range is. For example, Anya’s price range is $99 to $750 for most gowns. They do have some very expensive gowns, too.
Second, if you’re bashful and inhibited, forget about going to a salon, and just order your dress online. Why? Because in a salon the salesperson is going to be in the changing room with you, helping you put the gown on correctly and then removing it. She wants it to look right. And to do that, she’s going to be your new BFWYN (best friend while you’re naked).