Saying “yes” to the ring is the first step and saying “yes” to the dress is the second. Shopping for your wedding dress should be a memorable experience resulting in the dress of your dreams but it can be overwhelming. By avoiding these few things below you are sure to wear the dress you have always wanted and feel great in it on your wedding day.
Avoid Procrastination. Procrastinating on the purchase of your wedding dress is one of the worst things you can do. Most brides are not able to try a dress on in the store and buy it. The gown has to be ordered. In some cases the time between ordering the dress and when it is delivered to the store can be a couple of months and that does not include the time you will need for alterations. Waiting until the last minute to shop could potentially cost you the opportunity to wear the dress you really want.
Avoid Buying the First Dress You Try on. While you may fall in love with the very first dress that you try on it is important to continue to try on a few more. By trying on several dresses you ensure that you really pick the dress you want and have less of a chance of falling in love with a different gown later. Try different styles, different cuts, different colors and also different designers. If you try more on but find yourself still reaching for the first dress then so be it! At least you will know that youave other dresses a shot.
Avoid Trying on Dresses that are Not in Your Price Range. Do not do not do NOT try on dresses that you know you can not afford. If your budget is $ 2,000 do not cause yourself the suffering of finding the perfect $ 5,000 dress and having to put it back. Tell your family, friends or the bridal consultant (who is pulling dresses for you) what your budget is and stick to it!
Avoid Buying the Wrong Size. Trust your bridal consultant when they tell you the size that they are ordering for you. There is a reason that they take measurements. Typically wedding dresses run at least 2 sizes smaller than what you buy in every day clothes. On top of running smaller, every designer is different. If one designer's dresses are all cut for a smaller bust and yours is not you may have to order an even larger size to accommodate for that. There is a reason for alterations; to perfectly cater to your unique body! So, let the bridal consultant do her job and order whatever size she sees fit. Who wants to have to squeeze into a dress on their wedding day anyway?
Avoid Trying to Please Others. Sometimes there is temptation to bring every friend, family member, and future family member with you when you are searching for your gown and that is fine, but do not let their opinions sway you. If mom wants to see you in a Cinderella recreation but your heart is set on a sexy mermaid cut, get the mermaid cut. If you come out to model the dress you feel is right for you and future sister-in-law crunches her nose, ignore it. It is YOUR wedding day. Buy the dress that makes you happy, not everyone else.