10 Mistakes to Avoid When Shopping for your Wedding Dress
Shopping for your wedding dress is one the most exciting aspects of wedding planning, it’s the moment you’ve always dreamt of and you can finally find ‘The One’. However, it’s incredibly easy to make heaps of mistakes when you’re trying to find the perfect gown. But don’t fret ladies, we’re here to help and teach you the tricks you need to know and the mistakes you need to avoid…
Set A Budget
First things first: set a budget before you do anything else. There’s not much point looking at and trying on gowns that are way above your budget, as it will just make you feel disheartened and disappointed. When you’re working out how much you want to spend on your dress, take into account how much alterations, fittings and accessories will cost.
Wedding dress shopping is certainly not a last minute job. In fact, bridal boutiques recommend that you start searching 9 -12 months before the big day, and that you order 6 – 8 months beforehand. This will give you time to try on numerous dresses as well as making time for any panic alterations. However, don’t start shopping too far in advance as you’ll find that trends and styles change, as well as your opinion and taste.
If you haven’t already started creating a wedding dress board on Pinterest, we suggest you start now. This will give you an idea of the style you like, and you’ll feel less overwhelmed when faced with hundreds of designs, shapes and materials.
If you have seen a wedding dress that looks like it was made for you, be sure to make sure that your local bridal boutique can get it in. If you ring up in advance, many stockists will be able to source a sample in time for your appointment. Side note: always book an appointment rather than a walk-in – you’ll be allocated more time to find the perfect wedding dress.
It’s important to be open-minded too. While you may be smitten with the thought of a gorgeous A-line number, a chic fishtail gown may actually suit your shape even better.
How Many Dresses?
Don’t feel disheartened if you’ve said no to the 10th dress you’ve tried on. Some brides fall in love with the first gown they try on, whereas others say yes to the 20th – every bride is different.
Don’t buy any wedding accessories before you’ve found your dress. Put those earrings down and step away from the shoes! Your accessories should compliment your dress, not the other way around!
It may sound obvious, but if you’ve got your heart set on a particular gown always double-check that it’s completely comfortable. We suggest sitting down it in, dancing in it and walking up and down the boutique. Brides often forget to check that they can actually move in their gowns before it’s too late!
Choose Your Company
Many brides find that the more people they bring to their appointment, the more overwhelmed they feel. Don’t make the mistake of bringing a huge entourage along to shop for your gown – there will be too many opinions flying around and you’ll feel more stressed than excited. We recommend bringing two or three close friends or family members for support.
Pick someone to fit your dress on the morning of the wedding. While it may sound like a small task, fitting the dress can actually be quite a tricky job with a ton of responsibility. Make sure the person who you would like to help you with your dress is at your bridal boutique appointment. The owner will be able to show them exactly how to fit and do-up the dress perfectly, avoiding any stress or panic on the morning of your big day.
Ultimately, make sure you enjoy every second of wedding dress shopping. You’ll feel a huge array of emotions – from nerves to excitement, and most probably tears! However it’s a wonderful experience that you’re bound to treasure for the rest of your life.
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