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Chelsea Catherine shares her wedding dress guide. Chelsea Catherine shares her wedding dress guide.
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Happy Wednesday!

I hope you’re having a great day and a great week so far! Last week we started a new series for Wednesdays called “Wedding Wednesdays!” I am so excited to share advice with you about all wedding-related topics! Please reach out and let me know if there is something in particular you’d like to see!

I got several questions about my wedding dress and how I picked it, so I am happy to share my experience and tips! I read a TON of books about how to select the best gown – with advice based on body type, skin tone, wedding style, etc.

However, I will say that even though I thought I knew exactly what I wanted, and it lined up perfectly with the style of wedding I was having (formal, winter wedding) and my body type, when I actually got to the wedding dress shop to try it on, I kept a very open mind. After trying on several of the kind I thought I wanted, I tried on exactly the opposite of what I thought and that ended up being the one I fell in love with. It broke all the rules I had set for myself and what I wanted my dress to be, but it was the one I felt the best in. It was the one that made me feel like a bride. I could picture walking down the aisle to my future husband in it, and that ended up being the feeling I had heard so much about how you “just knew” it was the right dress.

I slept on the idea, and I sort of tried to fight it and revert back to what I thought I was supposed to do, but in the end I knew this was the perfect gown! My family and friends all loved it, and even though it was different than what they pictured, they thought it was perfect for me, too!

So, I tell you that to say: Go in with an open mind! Definitely research and see what might be the dress type you want to try, but be open to another style if it ends up being what looks and, more importantly, feels best!

You’ll read a ton of advice about what would be the right dress on paper for you, but I truly feel that this decision is about feeling. So, if you feel that it’s the best for you, it is. Don’t let rules dictate what you wear on your big day.

Also, when you pick out the bridal boutique you are going to, make it fun for you! If that means you want to take an entire crew, do it! But, know that everyone will have an opinion, so be prepared to make time for alone-reflection-time to really make your decision.

I had the best experience at the bridal boutique I chose. If you’re in the Tennessee area, give Maggie Louise a call.

I am always very careful about recommending only places or products that I really, really love because I want you to know that it’s something worth your time. I never want to be someone who just refers things for the heck of it.

So, saying that, I really felt (again, for me it’s about feeling) cared about. They care about each bride who walks in and it shows. If it hadn’t been for them taking the time to talk with me and get the feel of my relationship and wedding ideas, I never would have tried on the gown I ended up choosing.

All in all, be patient, be open and be excited! This is YOUR big moment. Enjoy it. It’s okay to take your time and try many options. But, when you know it’s the right one, be content in that.

I’m a woman of faith, so I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you to pray about this decision, too. I just pray about everything, and it kind of took me a while to be like that. I guess before I thought maybe some things were too small to pray about, but if you care about it, it’s not too small to God. He cares about you and wants you to be happy. He wants to take the burden from you, so just pray. 🙂

I sincerely hope this helps you, and seriously, please reach out in the comments or on social media (I respond quickly on instagram’s comment section). I’d be SO happy to help. Wedding dresses (and wedding stuff, in general) is so fun for me to talk about.

All my love!

xo, chelsea catherine


My wedding dress is by Anne Barge and is a customized style 617.

My veil is a custom cathedral length with matching lace also by Anne Barge.


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Most photos in this post are by EB Photography + Artistry.


10 Comments on wedding dress guide | advice for finding your perfect dress and what mine looked like!

  1. Cameron
    March 17, 2017 at 2:42 am (9 months ago)

    I can’t wait to go dress shopping in a few months! Your dress is beautiful too, and I’m glad to hear you had a wonderful experience!

    • chelsea catherine
      March 20, 2017 at 3:55 pm (9 months ago)

      Thank you! Congratulations and good luck to you 🙂

  2. Sharon
    March 16, 2017 at 11:35 pm (9 months ago)

    Omg what a gorgeous dress! And you make the most beautiful bride. Congrats! And I am loving this guide, too!

  3. Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    March 16, 2017 at 2:37 am (9 months ago)

    What a beautiful bride AND dress (lovely photos). This makes me want to get married again — well, maybe just have another wedding, staying married to my husband 🙂

    • chelsea catherine
      March 20, 2017 at 3:56 pm (9 months ago)

      Haha! I totally understand! I’d love to do it all again, too!!

  4. Amanda | Maple Alps
    March 15, 2017 at 9:43 pm (9 months ago)

    Great tips! Wish I would have thought of these when getting my wedding dress. Would have saved me a huge headache. In the end, I finally got a wedding dress that was beautiful and suited me well though.

    • chelsea catherine
      March 20, 2017 at 3:57 pm (9 months ago)

      Thank you! 🙂 It’s always so hard in the moment to think of these things! I’m sure it was beautiful!

  5. Bonnie Marrow
    March 15, 2017 at 8:42 pm (9 months ago)

    I went in with an idea of what I wanted and got somethingbtotally different! Def keep an open mind


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