Brides....thinking of bringing more than one guest or an entourages to your wedding dress 'fitting'?
I'm going to bring up a touchy subject. Reality TV has brought many ills to society, the largest of which is normalizing and reinforcing unhealthy and dramatic behaviors. In the past I have always politely asked that
my clients limit themselves to only 1 guest when they come for a fitting.
Due to the suggestions of reality TV shows, ie: Say yes to the Dress..... brides are more often under the belief that bridal fittings are now an "event" to which you should invite your bridal party and relatives.
Well... it's not. ((sorry to be blunt)) The number of guests accompanying brides is getting overwhelming and it's against my very nicely-worded policy. Unfortunately, the nicely-worded part isn't working anymore.
I hate to get firm, so maybe explaining a little bit will help?
Let me first say, that I don't want to come across as offensive in any way. I treat all of my clients with respect, because I really do respect them and their families. I only ask the same respect in return. The cartoons that are below are just meant to humorously portray what really happens when we have an overcrowded situation.
It's not that I don't like your relatives and friends.
They are great! :) It just makes my studio feel all crazy when I am trying to pay attention to YOU, the Bride, but there are 6 people in the room. (Help??) I'm trying to do a job that requires precision and a detailed memory, but I'm being interrupted by the mother asking me to show her how to bustle your gown, or the maid of honor chatting to her boyfriend on her cellphone.
Even though I love what I do, my job is high-pressure. I can't be given a pass to accidentally hem a bride's dress 2 inches too short because her baby was screaming or because mom had rearranged her skirt while my back was turned. It happens, All. The. Time. Not the part about the hemming too short, (thank goodness!) but, the screaming baby and mom rearranging the dress is all too real !