David’s Bridal Survey Reveals “What’s on Brides’ Minds”

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Picture 33David’s Bridal revealed some juicy information with their sixth-annual “What’s on Brides’ Minds” survey.

The survey uncovered interesting information like brides are more apt to sharing resources and revealed that brides will trust their significant other over their closest friends and family including their mothers.

“This year’s survey highlights what brides everywhere are thinking as they prepare to say, ‘I do’ in 2012,” said Brian Beitler, Chief Marketing Officer for David’s Bridal in a statement.

According to David’s Bridal, brides also feel finding their dress may be harder than it looks, with 47 percent of brides saying their wedding dress is nothing like what they pictured when they were young.

Here is some more dirt David’s Bridal uncovered about brides-to-be :

The Secret of Sharing: Despite the benefits of sharing secrets, just over a third (37 percent) of brides have considered sharing resources, and only 10 percent have actually shared resources.

A New Trend of Sharing: Of the brides catching onto the trend of sharing, the top items they share with other brides are: Decorations (63 percent )

Clothing and accessories (50 percent )

Coveted planning tools (38 percent )

Who Brides are Trusting: The person most brides would trust in helping plan their weddings is the man they’re planning to walk down the aisle to: their significant other (56 percent ), followed by their mother (52 percent ) and their best friend (50 percent ).

It’s all in the Date: 43 percent  of brides would consider planning their wedding on a special date such as 10-11-12 or 12-12-12.

Finding “The One” is Harder than it Looks (The Dress, Not the Groom)
The dress is the perfect expression of a bride’s personal style and finding the right one (or two) is harder than it looks.

Childhood Dreams Aren’t Forever: Women’s style changes over time and tastes change. For nearly half of brides (47 percent ), their wedding dress is nothing like what they pictured when they were young.

Do Moms Know Best? More than half of brides (56 percent ) say that if their mother thought their wedding dress was inappropriate, they would stick to their guns and not choose a different style.

The Two-Dress Trend: For the last two years, more than a third of brides (38 percent  in 2011, 36 percent in 2010) have considered buying a second dress to wear for the wedding reception.

The Tale of the Veil
The tradition of wearing a veil has been around for quite some time and this year brides-to-be have not forgotten it.

Tried & True Traditions: More than 3 in every 4 (83 percent ) engaged women plan to wear a veil in their wedding.

Holding onto Memories: More than half of engaged women (63 percent ) planning to sport a veil will save their wispy white headpiece as a keepsake after the wedding.

Wedding Cost Concerns Shift
Brides are still cutting back due to economic concerns, but are also being selective on the areas where they are pinching pennies.

Brides are Still Cutting Back: Over half of the brides (53 percent ) cut their budgets in 2011, which is similar to the (54 percent ) of brides that also cut back in 2010.

Spending Cuts Shift: While brides continue to cut back, they are less likely to cut spending on reception essentials including: Venue (22 percent in 2011, 57 percent  in 2010), Decor (47 percent  in 2011, 59 percent  in 2010), Alcohol (27 percent in 2011, 44 percent  in 2010).