How to create your bridal shop moment with your online bought dress #Fashion Advice#Wedding 101#custom dress#dress shopping#omg dresses Posted Jan 4 2018 Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Dress by Zeita Studios Related Post How do you say yes to your dress when there's no teary-eyed "this is it!" moment? Everyone who has watched "Say Yes to the Dress" knows about the expected "ah-hah" moment in the bridal dress salon. But what happens when that,... Read more We've been ogling online store dresses and outfits for years now, but only recently have we really seen an uptick in folks buying their wedding dresses online. We've got tons of custom dress makers in our vendor guide, there are a million fab dresses on eBay, Etsy, Amazon, and so many online dress stores. There are even some online dress makers who will send you samples to mail back with your measurements. It's just way easier to buy online than it ever has been before. This online shopping convenience comes with a tiny cost, though: you don't have that bridal store moment where you let your crew see you in the dress/outfit and ooh and ahh. The remedy? Create that shit yourself! Here are my tips to create your bridal shop moment with your online purchased dress… Make it an event Think of this as a mini party. You'll have a small guest list, maybe some champagne, a couch for your pals, and, of course, your dress or outfit! If you'll be wearing a big tulle princess gown or a sleek and dapper suit, you're totally allowed a little moment to bask in enjoying your selected outfit. It can be at your place, a hotel room, or a friend's place. No matter where it is, let yourself have fun. Mermaid Wedding Dress from KMKDesigns Invite your besties Related Post All stressed up with nowhere to go: 8 tips to de-stress wedding dress shopping Planning your wedding dress shopping strategy and getting all stressed up with nowhere to go? It's time to take a step back and look at... Read more Who would you have normally invited to help you shop for your dress? Some family members, your best pals, your partner? Whoever you want there, add them to the guest list. Let them know that it's a dress/outfit reveal and that they should come prepared to enjoy themselves, preen and coo, and just be supportive of your amazing new acquisition and to-do list item checked off. They could even help prepare for alterations if you need any. Set the MOOD This is where it gets FUN. Make sure you've got good lighting, champers/drinks, a good amount of seating aimed at you, maybe some candles, snacks, flowers, and a really good soundtrack. My suggestion? Think RuPaul's Drag Race meets girl power anthems. Here are a few to get you started… Even more soundtrack ideas! "Be My Baby" by The Ronettes "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar "Run the World" by Beyonce "The Fear" by Lily Allen "***Flawless" by Beyonce "Q.U.E.E.N." Janelle Monae (feat. Erykah Badu) "Bad Girls" by M.I.A. Handpainted Skirt from Sweet Caroline Styles Grab a big mirror (or a few!) & a box Related Post There is no THE DRESS: get over the fantasy and avoid wedding dress regret After five days passed and I still hadn't tried on the dress, it became evident that I was afraid to try on the dress again.... Read more If you want to mimic the thrill of that reality TV moment (and no shame if you do!), grab yourself a big, sturdy box and a tall mirror or three. Then you can see the whole (probably too long) skirt from all your angles and plan out accessories and hair and shoes and and and! Prepare for the reveal If you'll be wearing makeup, slap some of that on along with whatever general hairstyle you'll be rocking. Maybe even toss on your wedding shoes, if you have them at the ready. It'll get you in the mood to bask in your own glow for a little while. You deserve it. 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Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur babies, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS A nature-loving Poconos camp wedding with a fire ceremony(!) NEXT A rustic music festival wedding in the towering redwoods Show/Hide comments [ 1 ] I'd ask a friend if s/he could unbox and hang up the dress. I can be overly dramatic so I might request that the friend run out like they do on 'Say yes to the dress' lol. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! 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