Most brides go dress shopping fully expecting this to be a fun and exciting experience, however, many brides leave the bridal boutique more stressed than ever for a number of reasons. Here is how you can avoid certain stressors while dress shopping.

1. Research Boutiques that Serve your Budget

If you have a lower budget in mind, then it may not be a good idea to schedule an appointment with a high end shop. Research the boutiques you are most interested in to find out how much their dresses are on average. If the information can't be found on the shop's website try looking up the designer brands they carry in their shop to see what the typical prices of their gowns are. You can check reviews and you could even try giving them a call for more information.

2. Research Gown Types and Styles

Use Instagram and Pinterest to find a selection of gowns you like. Don't be shy; collect a bunch of photos. Chances are there may be a common type or style found between them. For example, maybe a lot of them have a common shape or maybe they are all adorned with lace. This will help to give you some direction for when you do visit a bridal shop. That said remember to also be open minded. Don't be so set on a particular gown that you are unwilling to try a gown that doesn't necessarily check every box. You may find the gown you never new you'd love.

3. Choose Your Tribe Wisely

This is crucial! These do not necessarily have to be your wedding party members or your mother. We recommend you invite no more than 2 or 3 guests. Only invite those who are essentially positive people and those who can truly be selfless and make it completely about you and what you want. Everyone should be 100% clear on the fact that this should be an uplifting experience for you. Leave bad vibes, pessimism, and negativity at the door. And if all else fails, we have had a number of brides who report having a great experience shopping for their dresses alone.

4. Remember the Climate

Make sure to choose a gown that is fitting to the climate of when and where your wedding will take place. Long sleeves in Summer may not be the best idea.

5. Take Pictures

Take pictures of your favorite gowns to remember what you liked about each one until you find "the one."

6. Get an Estimated Time for Delivery

This is so important. You will want to make sure you have ample time to have the dress fitted if necessary. If the dress must be imported, it may take some time longer than usual as well. Be sure to get an estimated time for delivery and follow up with your bridal shop as the date draws nearer.

Since That Spark Events was established in 2016, we have experienced a number of mishaps. We have seen venue fires, hurricanes, destroyed wedding gowns, no show vendors, and even a global pandemic. Wedding insurance is a necessity because even though we don't want you to hope for the worst, we do want you to prepare for it.

There are 2 kinds of wedding insurance: General Liability Insurance and Cancelation Insurance

General liability is basic insurance that protects you from responsibility over any accidents or injuries that occur whether sober or alcohol induced during your ceremony or reception.

Cancelation insurance can be purchased in addition to General Liability and it protects and reimburses all money spent in the event that your wedding cannot take place (unless the reason is simply a change of heart)

We recommend covering your wedding fully with both insurances.

What will it cover?

  • Damages to the venue

  • Cancelation or reschedule as a result of severe weather

  • Flaky vendors who don't show up

  • Illness, injury, or death of essential parties (the couple or some immediate family members)

  • Accidents or injuries that may occur at the wedding

  • Policies may even cover cancelation or reschedule due to Military orders

What will it cost?

  • On average the cost of general liability and cancelation insurance together may be anywhere from $200-500

When should you purchase it?

  • The sooner you get it the better. It will not cover pre-existing circumstances, so if you put the deposit on a venue on Thursday and it burns down on Friday but you planned to get insurance on Saturday, your policy won't cover it.

Kirsten and James were a match made in heaven with dreams of a very elegant soiree at Founders Hall. This event was nothing short of magnificent from the beautiful ceremony which took place under twinkling lights and a valance of flowers to the romantic ballroom reception adorned by candlelight.


Venue: Founders Hall

Photographer: Southern Stitched Photography

Designer: That Spark Events

Makeup: Kira Middleton

Florist: Crowns of Laurel

Caterer: Just Stuff It


Cake: Charleston Cakes Etc.

Desserts: Miss Priss Sugar Shop

DJ: Donnie Dramatic

Rentals: Eventworks

Lighting: Lowcountry Entertainment

Draping: Sweet Dream Events