10 Tips to Help You Find The Perfect Wedding Dress
Finding the perfect dress can be stressful. It’s likely to be the most expensive garment you’ve ever worn and it can set the tone for how you view your wedding as a whole. And with all of the options and styles out there, choosing the perfect wedding dress can become overwhelming.
Here are some wedding dress shopping tips to help you beat the stress and pick out the perfect gown for your big day:
1. Understand Your Budget
It’ll help if you have a good feel for what your budget is before you have your first appointment. And that will include non-dress costs as well. Suppose you have $3,000 to spend on a gown. That doesn’t mean you should be looking for gowns that cost $3,000. You still need to factor in accessories, tailoring and dress preservation costs as well. However, keep an open mind and try to be flexible with your budget where you can.
2. Know Your Wedding Theme
Is your wedding formal or more casual? Outdoors or indoors? As you shop for the perfect wedding gown, keep these thoughts in mind. The last thing you want to do is buy a dress that doesn’t match your theme.
3. Have an Open Mind
Many brides-to-be go into the shopping process with something in mind, and that’s not a bad idea. That can keep you focused on what’s important. But being locked in on an idea too early can backfire. When dress shopping, have a general thought of where you want to go while keeping your options open!
4. Sizing Tips
There are a few size-related things that can easily be forgotten when you start shopping. Brides want to look their best, and many think they want to trim down for the big day. Even if you’re planning a serious diet and workout regimen, it’s best that you shop to your true and current size. Even if you lose weight leading up to wedding day, it’s easier to bring a dress in than it is working with one that’s too tight.
Also, keep in mind that bridal gowns are often a size or two bigger than everyday clothing, so don’t be worried about the number. It’s about fit.
5. Be Ready by Shopping Early
Keep in mind that many wedding dresses take 6-8 months to be produced. You are likely to need time for alterations. Timing everything down to the last minute can add to the stress, which you don’t need.
6. Don’t Start with the Most Expensive Dresses
When you start trying on dresses, it’s best to start with the ones that are on the lower end of your price range and work your way up. There’s a chance you could fall in love with the perfect wedding dress early and save! This also prevents you from falling in love with a dress that is out of your budget.
7. Take Your Time and Bring Your Best Squad
Whether it’s your mom or aunts or in-laws, you’re going to have a list of people who want to shop with you and add their thoughts. Ultimately, it’s up to you, but we recommend bringing the people who will give you the truth (not just what you want to hear) and whose opinion you really value. At the end of the day, it should be a fun time with people who care about you!
8. How to Dress For Dress Shopping
While it’s a bit much to try and simulate your entire wedding day wardrobe, you should bring a few items with you. Wear heels and try to choose the right undergarments so trying on each dress gives you a good feel for your whole picture.
9. Bring Visuals
Bringing some visuals with you can be helpful for you and your shopping consultant. If you have any dress pictures, scenic bride photos, anything you pulled from a magazine or screenshots from social media, those can be helpful.
10. Prepare to Try On A Lot Of Gowns
This is a process. It can be and should be very fun, but may become time-consuming and likely take multiple trips. Don’t be discouraged, this is normal. Try on as many dresses as it takes for you to feel stunning!
Most Importantly, Find the Bridal Salon For You
All the wedding dress shopping tips in the world won’t help if you’re in the wrong salon. Macy’s carries our Bridal Fashions collections and our consultants will have you in the wedding dress of your dreams without the stress. Our Cosmobella, Demetrios, Destination Romance and Platinum portfolios fit the needs and price points for almost any bride.
Request an appointment today and let us answer your questions. Bridal Fashions will help you find your perfect wedding dress!