We have the perfect guide for you to help you choose the right wedding dress.
It can be not easy to find the perfect gown. It can be stressful to find the right dress for you. You may feel like you have to learn a new language: tulle, A line, fit-and flare, organza and sheath. Shopping can be even more stressful when you consider that more brides have multiple dresses, including one that is more formal for the ceremony and more party-oriented for the reception.
These tips will help you find the perfect wedding gown no matter your budget, personal style, or timeline.
Do your research to find out what you like.
To compile a visual file, you can take pages from magazines, browse bridal boutiques online, or use Pinterest to see what celebrities are wearing. Next, look for a common theme. Are they all embellished, lacy or voluminous. Are they all open-back? Consider the commonalities between styles and then bring your ideas to your first appointment.
According to bridal consultants, they often see brides come in with a preconceived idea of the gown they desire, but then they try it on and fall for something else. When shopping for your wedding dress, keep an open mind. It’s possible to find the perfect dress for you that you didn’t even know was possible.
Brace Yourself for Bridal Sizing
Bridal sizing can mean that your gown will be one- to two sizes larger than your regular clothing. Although it may sound scary to go larger, you and your consultant will be able to determine the number.
Be True to Your Size
Shop for dresses in your current size, even if you are trying to lose weight. It is much easier to wear a dress you like than to try to fit it into a smaller size.
Get in on the Deal Early
It takes many gowns four to eight months to make. Once it arrives, you will need to allow for more time for alterations or accessorizing.
But not too soon
You might not like the gown you choose if you start looking for dresses immediately after a long engagement.
Calculate your budget
It’s not easy to discuss numbers. But it will save you a lot of heartache. Before your first appointment, determine who will pay for the gown. This could be your family, your partner or you. ).
Get the numbers from someone who is paying you to determine your budget so that you can either stick to it or make up the difference.
Get to Know Your Wedding Theme Before You Go
Decide whether you are looking for a casual, garden-party-themed or formal wedding. You don’t want your gown to clash with the theme and venue of your wedding.
Include non-obvious costs in your budget
If you have a budget of $2,000, don’t spend $2,000 on a gown. This is because you must consider tailoring, accessories (your jewelry, veil, and shoes), as well as cleaning and preserving your gown after the wedding.
Find a Great Bridal Salon
Before you make appointments, do your research. You don’t want time wasted at a shop that doesn’t have the right dresses or offers poor customer service. Ask married friends for recommendations and look online for reviews to find shops that have a solid reputation.
Get in touch
It would help if you didn’t waste time looking at stores that don’t carry the designer or style you want. Before you visit a boutique or salon, make sure to call ahead so they can give you the details about their inventory.
Schedule an appointment
Most bridal shops don’t have the dress displays in such a way that you can browse them on your own. An appointment is required to have a consultant help you choose dresses and fit them.
Start small and work your way up
Start with the cheapest bridal shop, and then scale up if you find something. The same applies to trying on dresses during appointments. Start with the most inexpensive and then work your way up to the more expensive. You might fall in love right away.
Choose Three adjectives to describe your dream dress
You can feel timeless, comfortable and vintage or elegant, romantic, beautiful and glamorous when you go wedding dress shopping. You can narrow down your choices by choosing three words that best describe your personality.
Bridal salons can be crowded on weekends. This means that you might not get the personal attention you need or the dress you want is being tried on by another person. To make your appointment on a weekday, it’s worth taking some time off work.
Shopping can be a whole-day affair
It can take a lot of time to try on a single wedding gown, let alone several, and you don’t want the rush to make a choice. Please don’t rush to get it done or plan for brunch. Instead, take a few hours and browse the dresses.
Select Your Shopping Crew Carefully
You love your sister, mother, sister-in law, maid-of-honor, and six bridesmaids. But if you have ever tried to get a group to agree on where to eat, you know how difficult it is to reach consensus on a dress. Reduce the group to the three or four people who matter the most to you.
Make sure you have the right undergarments
It can be not easy to see how a strapless gown looks when your leopard bra straps stick out. Or how a figure-hugging gown will fit after your hips have been smoothed. Bring Spanx and a strapless bra and a nude thong for your appointments.
Pick Your Silhouette
The style, venue, mood, and body shape of your wedding will all play a part in the design of your ideal gown. Fit-and-flare can be both modern and traditional, and it works well on all body types. A simple sheath suits tall and graceful brides better. Although voluminous ball gowns add drama, they can be too much for petite bodies. Mermaid styles showcase curves, just like your favorite pencil skirt.
Keep Travel Arrangements in Your Mind
Check airline regulations before you fly to your destination for wedding. It is not good to fall in love and have the dress exceed airport dimensions upon arrival.
Consider Less Traditional Lengths
They won’t work well for a formal wedding. However, they can be fun for a casual, rustic or beachy wedding. A tea length dress is great for a quirky bride. However, a minidress in white has a more rock-chic party vibe.
Fabric can make a huge difference in how a gown looks on you. Structured, heavier materials (silk shantung or taffeta) will retain their shape and flatter your figure. For brides with curvy figures, unstructured silk or filmy chiffon will not flatter.
Wear heels to your appointment
You can borrow high heels from some bridal salons, but they are not always comfortable. A dress that is worn in flip-flops will look much better than one with stilettos. Bring heels that are the same height as the ones you plan to wear on your big day. This will give you a better idea of the dress’s appearance.
Bring Dress Photos for Inspiration
You can print out your dream wedding dresses from the secret Pinterest board or use a page from a magazine to create a collage of photos of the styles you love while shopping.
Take Scene-Setting Photographs
You can also bring pictures of the ceremony and reception to the appointment, in addition to dresses you have found online. Your consultant can help you choose the right gown for your venue by taking photos of it.
A Gown is Better “On”, says Your Consultant
Many wedding dresses have large details that can cause it to sag when it hangs. Anne Chertoff, a bridal expert at You & Me TV, says, “Unlike shopping for a shirt you won’t know how a wedding gown will look until you try it on.”
Save on Trunk Shows
It is possible to save up to 10 percent on a gown by doing this. You also get to meet the designer who may offer discounts or waive certain changes such as raising or lowering the neckline, changing the length, changing color or adding straps,” Terry Hall, Kleinfeld Bridal’s fashion director in New York City.
Hit Sample Sales
You’ll often find designer gowns at 25 to 50% off in salons that have sales to clear out older stock. However, most sales come with samples sizes. That’s equivalent to ready-to-wear size 6 and 8, according to Mark Ingram, president and CEO of Mark Ingram Atelier in New York City.
You should know that embellishments can make big bucks
Hall states that handwork such as embroidery and beading can increase the cost of a dress. If you don’t like the simplicity of the dress, these embellishments can be worth it. Just factor that in to your budget.
Do not spend more on gowns than you can afford
You don’t have to spend the money to buy it.
Online shopping is the only way to shop? If you are an avid online shopper, it’s fine to order your wedding dress online. 18% of American brides do this. It’s great if you can try on the dress in person. If you are unable to do so, make sure to check the return policy.
Call Now if you’re plus-sized
There is nothing worse than finding out that they only have samples up to 10 in a bridal salon, and having nothing to try on. Unfortunately, this is the case for many shops, even though they carry sizes up to 26. If they don’t have plus-size samples, call ahead and ask if they can order them.