At least that’s what newlywed bride Nicole Pellegrino thinks soon-to-be brides should be doing, according to a recent TikTok video.
"Do not show anyone your dress before the wedding day," Pellegrino said. "I was showing mine to literally anybody who asked. I'm not kidding. Whether it was a friend, a distant relative, a co-worker, I was doling photos of that dress out like hotcakes, and I regret it. People are bad liars no matter how hard they try. If they don't like your dress when you show them that photo, it will show on their face."
"So, even if you truly love your dress and feel great in it, those little opinions will subconsciously start to taint your perspective of your own dress," she continued. "Instead, grab two to three people that you really trust, and you want their opinions on the dress, take them shopping with you, have them support you throughout the way. Only show them. That way, on the wedding day, it's a big surprise for everybody, all your bridesmaids see it for the first time, it's really special, and you don't have to deal with people's opinions."
The 58-second clip has been viewed more than 395,100 times. Former and soon-to-be brides have largely found the piece of advice to be helpful.
"Omg this happened to me. I would show people and they would be like, ‘Oh! It’s so cute…." And it would make me second guess my dress and I got so upset," one TikTok user wrote.
"Yes! I can relate to this," another user shared. "I’ve had so many doubts about my dress over the past few weeks all because of one person’s comment and reaction."
According to Brides magazine, the national average cost of a wedding dress is $1,631. With such a big price tag on the line, it's certainly understandable why some women experience buyer's remorse.
Pellegrino told Fox News that brides need to remember why they're getting married in the first place in order to curb fashion-focused self-doubt.
"You and your partner love each other, so in the end, those are the only opinions that should matter. And really, a good partner will love you in anything you wear, so the only real opinion that matters is your own," Pellegrino said. "Once you decide on your dress, stick to your decision. Don't go looking at Pinterest and Instagram for more wedding dress inspiration, because that will only make you think: ‘Well what if I tried on one like this instead?’ Remember that you picked your dress for a reason and go with your gut instinct."
She added, "Keep in mind that everyone will have an opinion about anything you do, especially since everything's on social media these days. So, if you're trying to get a dress that you think other people will like, then you're only going to end up unhappy. Get a dress that fits your taste, style and personality. There will be people who don't like it no matter what, but you just have to ignore them."