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Bridal Stylist or Wedding Dresser

A deep dive into the two pivotal roles and how to recognize the difference.

When it comes to planning your wedding, there are numerous roles and services to consider to ensure everything goes smoothly on your big day. Among these are the roles of a bridal stylist and a wedding dresser—two crucial positions that, although related, serve distinct purposes in making your wedding planning and wedding day memorable and stress-free.

Below I’m going to outline what the difference is, and yes there is one. Keep in mind, a bridal stylist can be a wedding dresser, but can a wedding dresser be a bridal stylist? Let’s get into it…

The Bridal Stylist

A bridal stylist plays a big role in helping you create your ideal wedding day look. It’s important to distinguish between a bridal enthusiast and a qualified bridal stylist. While enthusiasm is wonderful (and certainly trending), expertise in bridal styling ensures a seamless and beautiful outcome. Here’s what a bridal stylist typically offers:

  • Wedding Dress Selection: One of the primary tasks of a bridal stylist is to assist you in finding or helping create the perfect wedding dress. They consider your preferences, venue, and wedding vibe to guide you towards dresses that will complete your vision.

  • Accessories Coordination: Beyond the dress, a bridal stylist helps you choose the right accessories—from veils and hairpieces to jewelry and shoes—that harmonize with your overall bridal attire.

  • Wardrobe Curation: Some bridal stylists extend their services beyond the wedding dress, curating your entire wedding wardrobe. This may include outfits for engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and the most fun part: the wedding weekend. This is where a stylist really shines because you get to step out of the box!

  • Personalized Advice: They provide personalized advice on garment fit, alterations, and ensure that every detail of your ensemble aligns with your vision and makes you feel confident on your special day.

Pro Tip: A bridal stylist will be with you on this journey for you for quite some time, just like a wedding planner. Be sure you can connect with them and feel comfortable having a transparent conversation at any time.

The Wedding Dresser

I highly recommend hiring a wedding dresser for your wedding day, especially if you have a large wedding party. Consider inquiring about a full dressing team to ensure everything runs smoothly in the bridal suite for both men and women if you have 10 people or more getting ready together. Having someone there every step of the way can greatly ease your mind. Their primary focus is ensuring you look impeccable and feel supported throughout the day. Here’s what a wedding dresser typically does:

  • On-Site Support: A wedding dresser arrives at your chosen location (often your bridal suite) on the wedding day. They are there from the beginning, assisting with dressing and ensuring that everything is perfectly in place.

  • Fashion Emergency Kits: They come equipped with tools such as steamers, sewing kits, stain removers, and any other essentials needed to handle last-minute wardrobe issues or emergencies.

  • Day-Long Assistance: From the moment you start getting ready until the post-ceremony festivities, a wedding dresser remains by your side. They assist with holding your train, staging your photos, and bustling your dress after the ceremony.

Pro Tip: Every dresser has a different “kit” that they bring. Most have the basics but it’s important to ask exactly what it is that they do on the day and what they bring.

Whoever you hire, be sure to connect them with your event planner if you have one.

Can They Be the Same Person?

Yes and no. Some professionals offer both services as part of a comprehensive bridal styling package. This means that the same individual can guide you through selecting your wedding dress and accessories during the planning phase and then provide hands-on support as your wedding dresser on the big day itself. This dual role ensures continuity and a deep understanding of your style preferences and needs. If your bridal stylist offers this, I encourage you to go with this option.

If they are not available on your actual wedding day, see who they recommend for seamless communication but please, I encourage you not to skip this.

In Conclusion…

Whether you opt for a bridal stylist, a wedding dresser, or someone who can seamlessly perform both roles, these professionals play vital parts in making your wedding day as beautiful and stress-free as possible. They bring expertise, attention to detail, and a passion for ensuring that you look and feel your best.

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