Am I married? No. But ask me how many times I’ve been a bridesmaid. The answer is 13. I don’t mind, because I find weddings to be generally exciting celebrations of love.
In my experience, a happy bride makes all the difference. If she can’t check things off the seemingly endless list of bridal preparedness, you could have a meltdown on your hands, which is fun for exactly zero people.
If you’ve been bestowed the esteemed honor of standing beside her on that special day, or if you’re a close friend or family member helping to lend a hand with festivities, you need an arsenal of nuptial-savvy knowledge First things first: The girl needs a dress, right?
At Moliere Bridal (800 N.W. 50th; 840-0100), book an appointment in this house-turned-boutique, because the aim here is to provide personal service in selection.
Its website outlines what one can expect during the experience: They’ll want to know your personality and the tone of your wedding, with the goal of helping you find the dress.
If your bride isn’t exhausted from finding her gown, enter into one of the side rooms, full of dresses for bridesmaids dresses and flower girls.
Toward the back, near the dressing rooms, veils and shoes are on display. If the shopping gods are with you, perhaps the entire party can get outfitted from head to toe at once.
That’s rare. Sometimes finding the bride’s dress takes the whole day — maybe more. You’ll need to wear comfy shoes, stay hydrated and consider shopping at more than one spot.
J.J. Kelly Bridal (12325 N. May; 752-0029) really gets it. This shop has served the metro for 36 years, and the staff works hard to set a magical mood with soft spotlights in the dressing room, delivering an all-around whimsical shopping experience.
If you’ve not had the pleasure to be part of a wedding, you may not be aware of the sizing.
Formal wear tends to run a little on the small side, so if you aren’t interested in trying to squeeze those goodies into something requiring a crash diet to wear, try The Curvy Bride (16526 N. Pennsylvania; 285- 7660) in Edmond.
While all sizes and shapes are welcome, The Curvy Bride focuses on those women who wear size 16 and up.
No matter where you go, the important thing is to ensure the bride has a fantastic time in the process. Let’s shop, OKC!