Wedding Dress Shopping: The Ultimate Guide for Brides-To-Be

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Portrait of the beautiful bride against a window indoors
Portrait of the beautiful bride against a window indoors. Source: Depositphotos



When most people think about getting married, the first thing that comes to mind is the wedding dress. It’s the centerpiece of the entire event and can make or break a bride’s big day. So it’s no wonder that so many brides-to-be feel overwhelmed when they start shopping for their wedding dress. With so many different styles and options to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to even start. 

So whether you’re just starting to shop for your dress or you’re already well into the process, read on for some helpful tips that will make your experience enjoyable and stress-free.

Timeless vs. Trendy

One of the first things you need to decide when shopping for your wedding dress is whether you want a timeless look or something that’s more on-trend. If you’re going for a classic, elegant wedding, then a timeless gown is the way to go.

 

But if you want your wedding to have a more modern feel, then you might want to consider a dress that has a shorter hemline and is adorned with trendy details like lace appliques or Illusion necklines. It is also made from less traditional fabrics like satin or chiffon – which make fitted wedding dresses the perfect gown to wear for a more relaxed vibe. You can also add a trendy touch to a classic silhouette by opting for an on-trend color like blush or champagne. 

 

Alongside this, you’ll need to also think about what silhouette will suit you. If you want something timeless and classic, go for an A-line or ball gown silhouette. But if you’re looking for something fitted and form-fitting, consider a mermaid or sheath silhouette instead. And if you want something a little more fun and flirty, a tulle skirt or fitted bodice with a voluminous skirt is always a good option.

Your Budget

Before you even start shopping, it’s important to have a budget in mind. This will help narrow down your options and make the process less overwhelming

 

When setting your budget, keep in mind that the price of the dress is just one part of the equation. You also need to factor in the cost of alterations (which can be significant), the cost of a veil or other accessories, and even the cost of shipping if you’re buying your dress online.

Once you have a budget in place, you can start shopping around and looking at dresses that fit both your style and your budget. 

Shop Early

Shopping for your dress early will give you plenty of time to find the perfect dress and also make sure that it arrives in time for your big day. It’s also a good idea to keep in mind that most wedding dresses take 4-6 months to be made, so you’ll need to factor in that time frame when shopping. If you’re on a tight timeline, some designers offer rush orders for an additional fee. 

 

On the other hand, finding a reputable and reliable bridal salon is also important. This is where you’ll be spending a lot of your time (and money), so you want to make sure that you’re working with a business that you trust and feel comfortable with. Do some research online and read reviews from other brides before making your decision.

Narrow Down Your Options

When you first start shopping for your dress, you might be tempted to try on every single dress in the store. But that’s not necessary (or even possible). Instead, narrow down your options by thinking about the style of dress you want, the silhouette that will flatter your figure, and the type of fabric you’re looking for. This will help you focus your search and make the process less overwhelming. 

 

And once you’ve found a few bridal salons that you like, the next step is to make an appointment. Most salons require appointments for wedding dress shopping, so be sure to call ahead and schedule a time that works for you. When making your appointment, let the salon know how many people you’ll be bringing with you so they can accommodate your group. 

What to Bring to Your Appointment

When it’s time for your appointment, there are a few things you’ll need to bring with you. First, make sure to wear a well-fitting bra and undergarments. This will ensure that the dress fits properly and that you’re comfortable during your appointment. You should also bring along a pair of heels of the same height that you plan to wear on your wedding day. This will help you get a better idea of how the dress will look when you’re wearing it.

 

And lastly, don’t forget to bring any accessories that you might want to wear with your dress, like a veil or jewelry.

You can also ask the salon if they have any recommendations for you. Some salons even offer extension services to help you find the perfect veil or headpiece to complete your look. 

Be Open-Minded

When shopping for your dress, it’s important to keep an open mind. You might have a specific style or silhouette in mind, but be willing to try on other dresses as well. You never know what might surprise you. And even if you find a dress that you love, don’t be afraid to ask for alterations. Most wedding dresses can be customized to some degree, so if there’s something you want to change about the dress, speak up. 

For instance, maybe you love the fit of a certain dress but you don’t like the color. Or maybe you want to add straps or sleeves to a sleeveless dress. Whatever it is, don’t be afraid to ask the salon if it’s possible.

On the other hand, you also need to be honest with yourself. If you’re not feeling a certain dress, don’t try to force it. The dress you choose should make you feel confident and beautiful, so if a dress doesn’t give you that feeling, move on. 

Wedding dress shopping can be a daunting task, but if you go into it with a plan and some knowledge of what to expect, you’ll be able to find the perfect dress for your big day. Follow this guide and use these pieces of advice to make the process easier.

 

And don’t forget to keep an open mind while shopping so you can find the dress that’s truly meant for you.



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