Shopping for the perfect wedding dress is stressful, emotional, expensive and downright scary. That is – if you’re not prepared. Looking for the perfect gown can be an amazing, fun, heartwarming experience, if you just have the right mindset and do the necessary preparations. So let’s see what you can do to make your wedding dress shopping process go smoothly.
Wedding Dress Shopping: 4 Things to Know Before You Go
These tips will help you’re during your wedding dress shopping experience. Follow these tips to help you find the perfect dress for your wedding day:
1. Research and Envision
Before you even book an appointment to find the perfect wedding dress, you need to do your own research. Go online and look at different bridal gowns that you’d like to see, and also some that you are not even remotely interested in.
Remember, it is important to keep an open mind: while you can tell the stylist what kind of dress you don’t want, if they are certain that a particular fit would look great on you – give it a try. Let the experts help during your wedding dress shopping.
It’s perfectly fine to like several different styles, but narrowing it down and finding details you love on each one are of great help. But just looking at pictures isn’t enough, you need to envision yourself in it.
Remember, just because something looks amazing on the model, doesn’t mean that it will fit you the same way. If you have a type of dress you usually wear and like seeing yourself in, it’s a good starting point for your perfect wedding dress search.
2. Set a Budget
Walking into a bridal gown appointment without a clear budget set is a recipe for disaster. To put it simply, gown prices range from a couple hundred to tens of thousands of dollars, and you want to know what you can afford.
Set your budget for the dress, but make sure that it includes the alterations. You need a separate budget for the shoes and accessories. Make your budget clear to your stylist and make sure you only try on the dresses in your price range.
It can be devastating to find “the one”, and then realize it is three times your maximum budget.
3. Shop for Your Shape and Size
Yes, you should get a wedding dress well in advance. However, in those six to twelve months, your body can, but shouldn’t, change that much. Extreme dieting is never healthy. And if your wedding dress is your main concern, it will fit you completely differently if your weight changes.
But you should be proud of the body you have and find the perfect dress to fit. There are now amazing selections of plus size wedding dresses that offer just as much variety as regular sizes, and you won’t have to get expensive alterations to make the dress fit.
The same goes if you are planning to put on some weight, which you are hoping will go in “all the right places”, because you don’t know how your body will look like if it transforms. Get your measurements true to size and simply maintain your body shape from that point until the wedding.
4. Remember Whose Voice Matters
You are the one wearing the wedding dress, buying the dress and taking your vows in it. And even if everyone else disagrees with your choice, if you feel beautiful in it, you should flaunt it.
That being said, if you have an appointment with a professional stylist, let them do their job during your wedding dress shopping affairs. If they say that something won’t fit your body type, that it will be uncomfortable or constantly slipping down – trust them, they know what they’re doing.
It’s a good idea to bring a friend or two along whose opinion you completely trust, and whom you can count on to be honest. However, bringing along your six bridesmaids, family and in-laws is too much. This will not only be annoying to the store and your stylist, but it will also make it so difficult to decide on anything that you might end up leaving empty-handed.
Wedding Dress Shopping May Take Time
Picking the perfect wedding dress might not happen on your first try. It might take numerous appointments and tens of dresses, but in the end, every bride finds one. Go to every appointment optimistic and also realistic: hope that you will find the dress, but don’t be disappointed if you don’t find it.
It is a delicate balance, and one that might leave you frustrated. But get your chin up and remember that it will all be worth it when you find the perfect gown to walk down the aisle in to marry the groom of your dreams.
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