Planning a wedding can be one of the most exciting experiences of your life—but it can also be very stressful. Choosing a dress is one of those big details that you don’t want to get wrong, so considering a few reassuring tips below, you’re likely to be even more gorgeous than you imagined.
1. Don’t Shop Solely Online
Though the Internet is a great way to get started and even shop for daily essentials and small items, your wedding dress should really be tried on in person. You’ll get a better idea of the fit, alterations and the fabric.
2. Consider the Venue
Wearing an elegant, French lace A-line to a backyard barn wedding is probably not the best idea. Match your dress to the venue so that you’re comfortable and appropriate.
3. Be Open Minded
There are likely a few types of dresses you know look good on you, but throw in some wildcards. You might be impressed at something that flatters you more than you thought.
4. Set a Budget and Stick to It
It’s going to be painful if you try on a dress that is three or four times your budget and fall in love with it. Check sample sales or second hand for a bargain beauty.
5. Expect Good Service
You’re making an expensive purchase for one of the most memorable events of your life. You should be treated with respect and made to feel special, with all concerns addressed.
6. Ask All Questions
If you think of it, ask it. You’re not expected to know everything about something you’ve never done before. The staff has lots of experience for you to draw on.
7. Wear Nude Underwear
You should be prepared at your fittings to be trying on dresses with the help of the staff. Make sure you wear something you don’t mind being seen in and something that is strapless and close to your skin tone to get the best impression of the dress.
8. Bring the Important People
You don’t want to be overwhelmed by others’ opinions. Only bring one or two trusted people whose opinion matters to you. However, your opinion counts the most.
9. Worrying About the Fit
The size label doesn’t matter since there is no universal agreement on dress sizing. A size 4 and a size 8 may fit the same person well. That said make sure you buy something that fits right now. Don’t try to get something you need to lose weight to fit in.
10. Shopping Too Early or Too Late
You want enough time for alterations but also enough planning to know your venue and your wedding date. The ideal time to shop for a wedding dress is nine months prior to your big day.
Keep in mind that this experience should be fun and you should be excited about the time leading up to your wedding date. Make sure to take time to appreciate these moments.