Thanks to all the brides who are coming by to choose their gowns. It really makes me feel like I've done my job when someone says they "had fun" choosing their wedding gown. It should be fun!!! You should not feel pressured into buying something you really don't like! If you don't think a gown looks great, someone telling you that it's the most wonderful/beautiful/gorgeous gown ever really doesn't change the fact that you, the bride, don't like it! A bridal consultant should be able to tell you what looks good and why or what doesn't look good--and why.
Lots of Christmas engagements and probably there will be more on New Years Eve. Then the planning begins. After 15 or 20 years of marriage, you will look back at your wedding pictures and hopefully have wonderful memories of that special day. At that point, you will probably not remember how the reception food or wedding cake tasted. Other than pictures, you really won't remember how the church decor looked nor all the details fo the flowers. You will, however, look at those pictures and think "yes! I looked fantastic in my gown!!" or "how in the world did I ever let myself be talked into that gown?" Choose wisely and choose someone who will give you an honest and helpful opinion.
And the pictures! hopefully you will have pictures. Good ones! This is not a job for your friend who just received a camera as a Christmas gift. It is not a job for Aunt Sally or someone who works with Dad--unless of course those people happen to be professionals.
Check with professional vendors about the cost of various aspects of the wedding: venue, linens, flowers, cake, photography, music, tuxes, gowns, accessories, invitations and more. At least get an idea of the cost involved. If your favorite vendor quotes a price that's more than you can afford, ask if there are options that might lower the cost. But be sure you are comparing apples to apples and oranges to oranges.