Woohoo, you’re getting married!! Now the fun begins… The Dress! Finding a wedding dress is one of the most important things when planning a wedding. Because, hello… it’s all about the bride, isn’t it? 😉
A couple of weeks ago, I went shopping for my own wedding dress. I must say that I had a great experience and I bought my dress that same day! I know that not everybody is going to have the same experience, but it really helps if you’re a little prepared. Here are my tips for wedding dress shopping.1. Know your budget
…And more importantly; stay within budget even when fitting dresses. Do not, I repeat DO NOT try on dresses that are not in your budget. Chances are that you’ll find a dress you fall in love with. What then? Well, that actually happened to me… and I did buy the dress I fell in love with, but I definately made sure to cut the budget in other areas.
2. Research shops before making an appointments
Only make make appointments at shops with your particular style in their collection and that have dresses within your budget. It’s a waste of time to go to a shop that doesn’t have your style of weddingdress. Also, make sure to visit more than one type of store.
3. Book your appointments at least 8 months in advance.
I’m a firm believer in starting early when planning your wedding (see my post here about how you can be a relaxed bride at your weddingday) to reduce stress. Wedding dress fittings are no exception. Also , most dresses take about 6 months to arrive at the shop, after which they still need to be fitted to your body. Usually you have at least 3 appointments; the one where you choose your gown, the second where they fit the gown to your body (6 months later) and the final fitting ( week or 2 weeks before the wedding day, for when you’ve lost or gained weight)
4. Wear a nude strappless bra and shaping underwear that covers a lot.
You’ll spend a lot of time in your underwear with the salesperson it’s best to be compforatble. When you don’t bring your own nude bra, you’ll have to wear the one they have laying around which has been worn by a lot of other people…and well that’s just gross.
5. Do your hair & put on some make up.
You’ll instantly feel like a bride and thatll make your day fitting dresses more fun, but it’ll probably make you feel more confident and that’ll help you pick the dress you feel best in.
6. Bring pretty heels.
But only if you’re planning to wear heels at your wedding. It’ll make you feel pretty, but it’ll also give you a better picture of how that particular dress will look. Sometimes a dress has ornaments on the lower half and it’s important to know what it’ll look like. I kept it really small and I chose my mother and my sister.
7. Bring someone with you, but not too many people
Too many people= too many opnions that do not necessarily match your vision. People usually try to convince you that THEIR vision for YOUR wedding is the way to go. Keep in mind that it’s your wedding, your vision and your day. But since it can be very overwhelming to make a choice on such an important part of your wedding, it is important to bring someone to help you make that choice. Bring someone who can be honest but also be supportive in your vision for your day.
8. Be open to other ideas.
Make sure you have a very clear idea of what you want to look like as a bride (What kind of silhouette? Ahat kind of fabric? What fits your weddintheme/-venue?) than.. be ready to throw all that in the wind and try something you’ve never thought about trying. For example, I always said I would never get married in a strappless gown (just never thought that would be me), but I made sure to try one on and I found out that it DID look good on me. Who would’ve thunk it?
9. Trust your instinct
I basically chose my dress based on how it made me feel. Of course I thought it was beautiful, but what made me pull the trigger was seeing my own smiling face in the mirror.
10. Make it a fun day
I made sure to plan a lunch in between shops and after I chose, we had a dinner at my home. I was lucky enough to have been able to choose my weddingdress in 1 day and 2 shops. I hope you’ll be as lucky as I was and I hope these tips will help you make the right choice!
Good luck & Have fun!