Should The Fashion Peanut Gallery Get A Voice In Wedding Gown Shopping?

I am taking my first stab at wedding dress shopping in a couple weeks. It’s a ways off before I’m getting married, but I like to shop, so why not start with the fun stuff now? The thing is, maybe it won’t be so fun. ABC News did a report on how family members and friends should, could, and sometimes do react when a bride-to-be tries on a gown that they don’t like. Apparently people get really opinionated about other women’s wedding dresses! Should you tell someone that their dress is heinous? What if it’s just hugely unflattering? My friend Lesley, who is probably the most brutally honest of all of my friends — she openly sneers when you say or do something she doesn’t like — says she would tell me if she hated something I tried on. But then again, if I clearly LOVED it, she might go about indicating her feelings in a more roundabout (passive aggressive perhaps?) way. All of this has got me thinking about how honest I would actually want people to be. I mean it’s my day. But at the same time, I don’t want to be walking down the aisle while everyone whispers, “That thing is hideous!” So I think I would only read consider the opinions of people whose style I personally liked (Agathe are you available?) and who understood that what is considered stylish is in the eye of the beholder. So long as it doesn’t resemble a ball of cotton candy with beading barfed all over it. [ABC News]