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Wedding Dress Etiquette Advice

Would You Let Your Groom See the Dress Before the Wedding?

In prep for my own big day I've been powering through episodes of my favorite guilty pleasure show Say Yes to the Dress, and I've found it surprising how many brides bring their grooms along for the wedding dress shopping. I'm keeping my lips sealed on all the dress details from my future husband, and most of my married and soon-to-be-married friends have done the same. Even Kate Middleton is keeping mum on her bridal gown, with an aide saying she wants to surprise Prince William. There's something special about the "first look," either before the ceremony or walking down the aisle, when the groom sees you in a bridal gown for the first time. I'd think you'd lose some of that "moment" if he's seen you either try on dresses or in the actual dress. But I'm wondering, would you (or did you) show your groom the dress before the big day?

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KeLynns KeLynns 6 years
I would have my hypothetical fiance go shopping with me, if he could stand it. My guy and I often disagree on what's pretty - I sure wouldn't want him to get an unpleasant surprise on the wedding day if I came walking down the aisle in a dress he hates!
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
No, it's going to be a surprise until the day of. I'll definitely do pictures before the ceremony, but he won't see the dress until I'm 100% ready.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I kept mine a surprise not because I was worried it would be bad luck, but so he could fully experience the surprise!
Miss-Senorita Miss-Senorita 6 years
Nope guess I'm traditional like that its bad luck and plus I want him along with everyone else to be in awe
Lauren-Turner Lauren-Turner 6 years
I'm definitely keeping mine a surprise!
JJJSisters JJJSisters 6 years
Gosh no! I mean all other aspects of the wedding are joint decisions, the dress is all mine. I want to surprise him completely. (especially since my style will be longsleeved Victorian lol)
sweetpea1987 sweetpea1987 6 years
I'm waiting until my wedding day for my groom to see the dress. We're going to do "first look" photos with just the two of us a few hours before the ceremony! 23 days and counting until our wedding day on May 7!!
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