I’M GETTING MARRIED THIS YEAR!!!!
This past October, I SAID YES TO THE DRESS and I am so overwhelmed with excitement to get my wedding dress in a few months!
Coming from a real bride-to-be, it is so true when people say wedding dress shopping can be one of the most exciting OR one of the most overwhelming things on a bride’s wedding planning checklist – sometimes even both! Whether or not you have been dreaming of your wedding dress your whole life, there is a LOT of pressure to find the perfect wedding dress.
Going into my wedding dress shopping, I had a vision of what I wanted, however, it was SO hard to find and it started to be almost impossible to find exactly what I wanted.
With all that being said, I have compiled eight tips for wedding dress shopping (along with pictures of some wedding dresses I tried on)!
1. GIVE YOURSELF LOTS OF TIME
This often surprises a lot of brides. Not only does a bridal gown typically take about 6-8 months to come in, it is a custom-fitted garment that requires time for extra fittings and alterations. You will also need time for potential cleanings if you’re doing professional steamings to keep it wrinkle-free. On top of that, you will need to plan plenty of time for yourself to do your research and begin narrowing down your selection(s).
2. HAVE A WEDDING DRESS VISION
There are a number of important things to consider when choosing a wedding dress. Ask yourself: Does your wedding have a theme? Have you already chosen a venue? Some dress styles may not “suit” your theme or overall look of your wedding. Remembering your overall vision and the location of your wedding can help you narrow down your search. Does your ceremony or reception site have modesty requirements? If so, you may need to choose a sleeved wedding dress!
3. SET YOUR BUDGET
Before making any bridal gown appointments, know exactly how much you’re willing to spend on your wedding dress. How important to you is your wedding dress is compared to other things in your budget? Hopefully you will find the right dress at a price that falls perfectly within your budget range. However, if you fall in love with a dress outside of your budget, you will need to know if your numbers have any wiggle room. Once you know your budget limitations and expectations – stick to them!
4. COME PREPARED FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
This was something I should have carried out at all my appointments… in my defence, some of my appointments were early in the morning so I just couldn’t be bothered (terrible excuse, I know). Make sure you wear your makeup and hair how you usually wear it to get the best idea of how each dress looks on you. Wear or bring along a reliable strapless bra, any shapewear you may put under your wedding dress, and a pair of shoes with your desired wedding heel height. This is also key and I found myself having to rely on my mother for – bring hair ties and bobby pins for experimenting with different dresses, veils and headpieces! Lastly, don’t forget your camera for taking pictures and videos!
5. TRY DIFFERENT STYLES
Remember that your consultant has been trained in bridal fashion and deals with many brides everyday. Give his or her knowledge the weight it deserves by at least trying the things he or she recommends. It is also really important to try things out of your comfort zone. You might surprise yourself, or you may prove yourself right!
6. BE REAL, BE VOCAL
This is a BIG purchase for you, and it needs to be exactly what you want. Therefore, purchasing a wedding dress is no time to be shy or let others’ opinions run your appointment. Be clear about what you do and do not like about each dress you try on. Your consultant can’t help you narrow down your choices unless he or she knows exactly what your likes and dislikes are about each dress you try on.
7. HAVE FUN!
Remember why you are shopping in the first place – you are looking for the dress that you will be getting married in. Don’t let this shopping experience stress you – take the time to laugh, smile, play dress-up, and enjoy your time with whomever comes along with you for this experience. This is a special time and you should have fun and celebrate!
8. TRUST YOUR DECISION
Last, but certainly not least, trust yourself and the decision you made. You came to your appointment prepared, you saw the dress that made you look and feel amazing and you conquered your task by buying it! Remember everything it made you think and feel, and why you picked it in the first place. As much as you may want to try on my dresses for fun, I wouldn’t recommend it – this only makes the wait for your dress seem even longer and it could make you doubt your choice, no matter how perfect your dress is.
(This was my mom’s wedding dress – how dreamy is the train?!)
So there you have it! My tips and suggestions when you start your wedding dress shopping!
Thanks for reading and GOOD LUCK with your wedding dress shopping! XOXO
Want some more inspiration? Want to see some of my wedding dress shopping experiences?
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