They say choosing your dream wedding dress is like meeting your fiancé. When you know, YOU KNOW! Dress shopping should be an enjoyable and memorable experience, not a disaster. Here are some tips to consider when choosing your wedding dress
Set your Budget
This is the most important thing to do before planning to buy your wedding dress. You should always set your budget on how much your dress is going to cost. If you went to a bridal boutique and have no idea of the price range that you’re looking for, it won’t be helping anybody. What if they put you in a gown that you fall in love with, but it’s too expensive, you’ll only become heartbroken. And the saddest part of choosing a wedding gown is not getting “The One” that you really love. It is frustrating. When setting a budget, it is also important to consider whether you are thinking of alterations combined with the budget or separate. The same thing goes for the veil, shoes, and accessories.
Stick to the Theme
It is important that your wedding dress matches your theme and wedding venue. Before you start shopping, figure out whether your wedding will have a classic, beach, garden, or vintage wedding. This will help you determine what type of dress best suits your big day. The last thing you want is your gown to attract negative attention and clash with your overall wedding theme.
Look for Shop Locations
If you already know what style of wedding dress you want, it’s better if you do your own research as to which bridal boutiques you should visit. In terms of how many stores, my recommendation is not more than three bridal shops. I know that you get very excited to try different kinds of gowns, but it can also be easily overwhelming. If you already tried 50 plus gowns in more than three different boutiques, you might want to assess yourself. Why am I not liking any of these dresses? Is it the style of the gown? Or the prize? If you already know what kind of gown you’re looking for, you can easily find the gown you love that has nothing missing from it in well under 20 gowns.
Consider Your Body Type
The ideal situation is for a bride to look flawlessly beautiful on her wedding day; not underdressed or overdressed. We are all perfect in our own ways, but you should also know what kind of dress flatters your body type. Make sure to choose something that will emphasize your best features, and draw attention to the parts that you wanted to hide. Also, do not choose a dress that is too revealing as you don’t want to be self-conscious throughout the day. Make sure that they are comfortable whether you are standing, sitting, or dancing. You don’t want the memories of your big day to be clouded by cringe and embarrassment.
Many brides make the mistake of choosing a much smaller size and trying to diet into it. Chances are, it will only make you more stressed. So, it is much better to buy a dress that fits and has plenty of room for some alterations. Try your whole look on before the wedding day and make any adjustments needed to be able to completely enjoy that once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Bring a Few Undergarments
You read that right. As the bride will be trying on different kinds of wedding gowns, it is necessary to bring a few and the right undergarments. There are chances when you will be trying a strapless dress, but your black bra straps are sticking out. It is best to bring nude undergarments, as well as a Spanx. It can be tough to get an exact idea of how a dress would look on you, so bringing the right undergarments would be a great help.
Be Open to Other Options
Be a little open-minded, but at the same time have a vision of what you really want. It is your big day so it’s important that you feel the most beautiful and confident in your wedding dress. Be open and honest with yourself. You can also consider the suggestion of your stylist because they are there to offer what they think best fits you. Don’t be afraid to say no because it won’t hurt their feelings if you refuse the style they suggested. You should also be vocal as to why you don’t like them. For example, you will say that the dress is too old-fashioned, you don’t like that kind of lace, or the sleeves are not your type. This will allow you and your stylist to have a clearer vision of what kind of dress you’re looking for. Once you’ve tried different styles of dresses, compare them to your vision and that’s how you can narrow down your choices and determine your final decision. At the end of the day, your opinion and choices are all that matters.