Choosing your wedding dress is perhaps one of the most important details of your wedding day, if not the most important one. After all, this is a moment that you’ll remember for the rest of your life and now more than ever, what you wear is essential.
However, choosing your wedding dress is a lot more than complicated than it seems. We wouldn’t blame you if you thought it was the most stressful part of the preparation process. Because we want to help, here are 10 tips to help you choose your wedding dress and avoid common mistakes!
1. Think About the Location
The location and the time of the wedding is the kind of information that you should use to help you determine the style of your dress. If your wedding is on the beach during the day, then you won’t need to consider dramatic and embellished ball gowns. If you’re getting married in a romantic cathedral, then forget about anything that can resemble cocktail attire. The kind of fabric can also be determined if you consider the season as well!
2. Research, Research, Research
When you’re looking for your perfect wedding dress, you will undoubtedly encounter terminology you won’t understand, and you will find yourself doing things that seem a bit ridiculous. Like trying to choose between different shades of white. Trust me, it’s a thing! To understand this wedding dress universe, you will need to learn the lingo and get enough knowledge. Bridal magazines, books, Pinterest and Google are your new BFFs, so pour into them!
3. Don’t Start Too Early or Too Late
You want to begin shopping for a wedding dress neither too early (so you won’t have too much extra time to change your mind) or too late (so you won’t be able to get what you want). You’ll want to begin shopping at least six months in advance because you have to consider that it takes around four months for a dress to be made and alterations are another story. Trust me, you’ll want to have enough time!
4. Organize Yourself
Shopping for a wedding dress is exhausting, so you’ll need to organize yourself well. Choose all the stores you want to visit in advance and call ahead to find out all the information you want. Including what designers they carry, price range, how alterations work, and everything else you need to know. If you need to make an appointment, do so, and set a limit of two stores a day. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself, so take it easy.
5. Prepare Accordingly
When you’re looking for the perfect wedding dress, you will try more than a few of them on. This means you’ll want to have the right undergarments, shoes, and even accessories, especially if there’s something specific you want to wear, such as family heirloom. You’ll also need backup, meaning up to two people that know you and can help you judge your options to fish out the best one.
6. Fit Is More Important Than Size
Keep in mind that bridal-wear runs smaller in size than ready-t0-wear clothes. This means that sizing will definitely be off, so you might as well forget about numbers and simply focus on fit. Don’t be afraid to buy the dress you want and go for the dress that fits now. Remember it’s easy to take in a gown, but challenging to do the opposite!
7. Be Present At Fittings
Speaking of the fit… Adjusting a wedding dress is a process on its own, and it usually takes more than one fitting. What you want to do is make the most of every single one of them. Don’t be afraid to voice your opinions, share your concerns, and ask the questions you need. You will also need to be prepared and know exactly what your hair will be like, what your makeup will look like, what the bouquet looks like, what accessories and shoes you’ll be wearing, etc.
8. Don’t Jump the Gun
If you think you found the perfect dress at the first boutique you visited, please think again! Remember you’re not shopping for a new pair of jeans. This is your wedding dress we’re talking about, so don’t jump the gun. Take your time and try a few other dresses, check out other boutiques, and take notes. If you do feel goosebumps with some of the options, keep it in mind, but don’t buy the first dress that makes you feel excited.
9. Keep an Open Mind
We all have our own personal style so it can be difficult to leave the comfort zone, especially when you want to look and feel your best. However, do take the advice of people who know what they’re talking about and be open to suggestions and ideas. Some dresses don’t look much on the hanger, but once you try them on, they tell a different story. Make sure you allow that to happen!
10. Mind the Fabric and the Color
Remember on your wedding day you’ll be on your feet quite a bit and you’ll also want to dance the night away, so make sure the fabric you choose and the design of your gown are not made to be too heavy on your body. Also, be open to considering colored dresses as well. Sometimes white is not kind on all of us, and other colors can work better with your skin tone or hair color, so make sure you don’t dismiss the idea.
If you keep these tips in mind, finding the perfect wedding dress for your big day will be a lot smoother, and you’ll save yourself a lot of headaches!