I’m excited to share with you all that two months ago, I bought the wedding dress of my dreams! Today, I’m here to share with you the tips I learned during the process, so that you can have success finding the dress of YOUR dreams! Are you recently engaged? Perhaps helping your daughter find her dress? Or maybe you’re a single lady planning her dream wedding from afar? This post is for all of you!
15 Tips for Wedding Dress Shopping
1.) Collect inspiration
I’m sure you all have pinned your dream dress to your Pinterest board, which is awesome! Gather inspiration wherever you can find it- Pinterest, bridal magazines, online, and more. When you get to the bridal shop, it’s going to be very overwhelming. It’s finally going to hit you, OMG, I’m getting married! There are SO many dresses to choose from that you’re really going to need all the help you can get from your bridal consultant. Come prepared with some ideas of what you’d like to try on so your bridal consultant can help narrow down what you like. Print and bring in photos for your consultant. However, keep in mind that once you’re in the bridal shop, you should ….
2.) Be willing to try on ALL styles of dresses!
Have an open mind and try on ALL kinds of different styles of dresses, whether you think you will like it or not! I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted going into the shop, but guess what. I didn’t end up buying what my original style was! You never know what kind of dress is most flattering for your body type until you try it on! You may pleasantly surprise yourself.
3.) Don’t overdo it with your party
This is just my personal opinion, but I think that the less people you bring, the better. I specifically chose not to bring my bridal party (with the exception of my sisters) because I did not want conflicting opinions. This day should be about you, and the last thing you need is too many people telling you what they think. My opinion is the smaller party, the better; but then again, this is YOUR day!
4.) Call ahead
Most bridal shops will require you to call and set up an appointment ahead of time. Avoid walk-ins so your consultant can be prepared! Be sure that if you have a large group coming with, your bridal shop can accommodate.
5.) Set a budget
Before you go dress shopping, set a budget. It can be so easy to overdo it once you’re in the shop and have hundreds of dresses being thrown your way. My suggestion is to not even look at dresses that are out of your price range.
6.) Know your body shape
Having knowledge about your body shape will be very beneficial for you when you are dress shopping. Think about what types of fits are flattering and unflattering on you. I found a great Pinterest graphic to help you with this right here.
7.) Eat something light
Don’t have a full tummy before dress shopping in case your consultant needs to take measurements. It’s no fun feeling super bloated when you’re in a wedding dress!
8.) Wear appropriate undergarments
Your consultant will likely be in your fitting room helping you in and out of dresses. I suggest wearing a strapless bra and nude or white panties that you feel uncomfortable in.
9.) Shop around
Have fun with your big day! Don’t be afraid to shop around and try out a few bridal shops! I found my dress at the second shop that we visited, and I’m so happy that I chose to look at more than one bridal shop.
10.) Don’t shop TOO ahead of time
If you have a long engagement, I would highly advise that you don’t start dress shopping until 9-12 months before your big day. We had a two year engagement, and I waited one whole year after I got engaged to go dress shopping. One of my friends bought a dress very early on, and regretted her decision a few months later. Be patient! Things change fast!
11.) Don’t wear tons of makeup
I wasn’t thinking and made the mistake of wearing bright pink lipstick, and spent most of my time terrified that I was accidentally going to get some on the dresses. And for gosh’s sakes, go easy on the foundation!
12.) Remember that the dress is for YOU
Not for your sister, not your grandma, not your mom, not your mother-in-law, or even the groom! This is YOUR dress. Pick what makes you happy!
13.) Sleep on it
If you think you know it’s “the one,” take a night and sleep on it. It’s easy to get caught up in the glitz and glamour; taking a night to think about the dress will slow the process down for you.
14.) Trust your gut reaction
Once I tried on my dress, I just knew it was the one. I tried on a few others after that, but my mind always went back to that dress. I eventually knew it was “the one” because I couldn’t stop thinking about it!
15.) Once you find your dress, STOP looking
Once you decide on a dress and purchase it, stop with the dress shopping! The last thing you need is a conflict of interest! 😉
Overall, wedding dress shopping is going to be one of the days that you remember for the rest of you life. Have a vision, be prepared, and be open-minded. But most importantly, have fun!!
If you have already found your wedding dress, I’d love to hear your tips in the comments below!
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