Picking out your wedding dress can be one of the most exciting and magical experience in your journey to being a bride. But it can also be confusing and stressful! What type of dress do you want? When are you going shopping? Who do you bring with you? What’s your budget? The questions can seem to be endless.
But don’t worry, we’re here to help! With these tips, you’ll feel in control of the search for your dream dress.
Set a Budget
While you’re pinning ideas to your Pinterest board, take a step back and set a budget. Who is paying for your dress? How much do you have to spend? This will help set realistic expectations for your wedding dress search. It doesn’t matter your budget, the perfect dress is out there!
Shop in Advance
Did you know that it could potentially take up to one year for your wedding gown to be ready? It’s important to start shopping for a dress as soon as possible if you’ll be needing alterations. It’s always possible to find a dress off-the-rack with a perfect fit, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Find Inspiration Online
Pinterest and Instagram are great resources for browsing wedding gowns. Search a variety of designers and bridal boutiques to find styles you like that you can share at your appointments. Are you traditional or trendy? Classic or boho? Even if you have a certain style in mind, be open to trying out different options at your appointments – you never know what you might fall in love with!
Don’t just show up to try on bridal gowns, make appointments at several bridal boutiques and make a day (or weekend) of it! You can compare and contrast the dresses you try on at different boutiques all while keeping the memories fresh in your head for comparing dresses.
Assemble Your Bridal Squad
Who should come with you when you try on dresses? Pick out four or five guests to come with you, including the person who is paying (unless it’s the groom). Your guests should be supportive, positive, and you should trust their opinion.
Keep Your Wedding Climate In Mind
Are you having a beach wedding? Winter wedding? Outdoors or indoors? Formal or casual? The time of year and the location will play a big factor in your wedding dress. You want to be comfortable on your wedding day, not too hot or too cold.
Bring the Right Undergarments
Wedding stylists suggest bringing nude undergarments so you can get a feel for what your dress will look like on your big day. If you’re thinking about trying on strapless gowns, bring a strapless bra to wear. It would also be helpful to bring a pair of heels or whatever type of shoe you envision wearing.
Armed with the right knowledge, you’ll be able to go out and find the perfect dress for your big day. You’ll know when it feels right to say yes to the dress!