Wedding Dress Shopping – The Do’s and Don’ts

He finally popped the question. Score. Your fairytale ending is finally happening and you can’t wait to plan the perfect wedding. But before you go all bridezilla on us, let’s just say that there’s more to the subject than meets the eye.

Planning for a wedding is all fun and games until you realize that there’s a whole lot about the process that no one really told you about. For instance, how hard it is to find a location that suits both your budget and preferences, or how extremely frustrating it is to work on the list of invitees. Another subject they deliberately forgot to warn you about is the whole wedding dress shopping debacle. You think you usually like shopping? Think again…things are about to get a little stressful milady. But fear not; take a deep – deep – breath and let us guide you through the whole process with our ultimate Do’s and Don’ts tips.

First things first, do figure out if you want to have it custom-made or you want to pick an already existent one. Once you do, you can start narrowing your options peacefully and ultimately, set your expectations accordingly.

Don’t underestimate the time factor. One thing’s for sure though, you do not want to shop too early, for the simple fact that you might be missing out on the latest trends and you do not – in any way whatsoever – want to shop too late. Start the wedding dress hunt at least 9 months before the big day, as you have to take into consideration alterations, the tons of fittings or even the shipping times.

Do figure out what style of gown you would want, what would suit your body type and of course, figure out the theme of your wedding. For instance, if you’re going for a wedding on the beach, then your wedding gown should go with the theme – along with your veil, your headpiece and everything else. Pinpoint your likings and preferences, gather around moodboards and show them to your designer/wedding advisor.

Don’t forget about the importance of social media in this matter. Save gowns that have caught your attention on Instagram, Pinterest or any kind of platform really. You’ll come to see that there are brands you hadn’t even heard of and styles you hadn’t even thought about until now.

Do make bridal salon appointments, but the trick here is to schedule them all over one day or one whole weekend, so as to compare your choices with one another. Another tip is to call the salon beforehand and share with them your preferences so they can help you narrow down your choices. Take one person with you and don’t let the opinions influence you a lot.

Speaking of, don’t make the mistake of bringing with you the whole bride tribe. Choose them wisely, because at the end of the day, you need someone supportive and someone you truly get along with.

Do listen to your gut. If you’re not that comfortable with the dress, it means it’s not the dress. You should be able to picture yourself walking down the aisle in it and you should be able to move your arms enough to dance the night away come the big day.

Now that we’ve got your attention, figure out how you can manage wedding planning stress.


Article Written by Cindy Menassa

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