When you find the perfect wedding gown, it is so exciting! Many brides want to show their dress to everyone they know, because they love it so much. But before emailing that link with the picture to your entire guest list, pause for a minute and consider this: wouldn’t it be so much more fun to surprise everyone on the day of your wedding?

There is an old saying that you only have one chance to make a first impression. If half of your guests see your wedding dress online before the wedding, then that is there first impression of the dress. They are seeing it on some model, instead of seeing your gown for the first time when you walk down the aisle in it. It can take away from the excitement of the moment when everyone gets a glimpse of the bride in all her finery for the first time, Vanila Wedding Shop Dubai.

Even worse, not every wedding gown looks great on a model on a website, or even on the bride trying on an ill-fitting sample dress in the bridal shop. I have known too many girls who send around the picture of the dress she has fallen in love with and purchased, only to get negative feedback from her friends or family. There is nothing more deflating than having someone tell you that they don’t like the looks of your wedding gown! And what your friends don’t realize, is that even though a gown might not look like much in the picture they see, it is no doubt stunning on the bride who chose it (or she wouldn’t have picked it!).

If you love the idea of including your friends and family in your wedding planning as much as possible, then just give them a general description of your dream dress. “Oh Aunt Marge, I found the most beautiful ivory lace strapless gown! It looks perfect with the pearl bridal jewelry that my father gave me – just wait until you see me on the wedding day!”. Your loved ones will be happy that you have confided in them, and will be free to conjure up a lovely image in their heads.

Many couples decide to have their wedding pictures taken before the wedding ceremony so that they can get to the reception more quickly. I personally think that this is a big mistake! When the church doors open, and the groom first sees his bride coming down the aisle towards him, it is a truly magical moment. Many a groom has been so overcome with the beauty of the woman he loves that he shed a few tears at the altar. If he just saw you ten minutes before, this effect is guaranteed to be diminished. Don’t sacrifice a once-in-a-lifetime moment for the convenience of a photographer!

Some women find themselves overwhelmed by requests to see their wedding gown. There is nothing wrong with saying that you are saving your “reveal” for your wedding day! To placate those that want to be involved (like perhaps your future mother-in-law), let them see your accessories. You can even invite them to help you select items like your veil, pearl bridal jewelry, and headpiece. That way, you can keep your gown a secret, and they can still feel involved.

When the “Wedding March” starts to play, and you make your way down the aisle on your father’s arm, don’t you want the whole room to gasp in amazement when they see how fabulous you look? To make your moment more momentous, be sure to keep your wedding dress a closely held secret. That way, the first time that most people see your gown, it will be on you, as you shine on your wedding day.