Tips For Shopping For Your Perfect Bridal Gown

Choosing the wedding gown just might be the most important decision you make for the entire bridal affair. The gown helps set the tone for almost every aspect of the wedding. Sound like a lot of pressure and stress? Don’t worry. It doesn’t have to be. With these shopping tips, choosing a wedding gown can be just as easy as saying, “I do”. Following are some tips for shopping for your perfect bridal gown.

Dress appropriately.
You are a soon-to-be bride. Make sure you dress the part for your bridal gown shopping extravaganza. That means wearing underwear, preferably nude, and eliminating any make up. If you have long hair, wear it up so it doesn’t get caught in the zipper. Make sure you wear loose clothes that are easy to get in and out of.

Don’t bring too many guests.
The friends and family you invite with you can make or break the appointment. Bringing too many people to the bridal shop may only give you too much pressure to satisfy everyone. Make sure you select only a handful of your closest friends to the dress appointment. And make sure you pay attention to the personalities of the people you choose to tag along. You may not want to bring your jealous second cousin and opinionated sorority sister if you think it may only make your dress decision more difficult.

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Have an open mind.
You may have your heart set on a pure white gown but that doesn’t mean you won’t look equally pretty in an ivory one. Opening your mind to different style options just might make you road to bridal beauty that much more enjoyable. After all, you never know what you might look good in.

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Remember the budget
Picking a budget and sticking to it can mean the difference between a shopping experience from your dreams and the most disappointing day of your life. You know what you can and cannot afford. Remember to stay true to that throughout your bridal appointment. The last thing you want to do is fall in love with a dress you can’t afford.

Buy what fits
I know you’re own your way to loosing those ten pounds by Christmas, but that doesn’t warrant a reason to purchase a wedding dress you won’t be able to get into for another six months. It only puts unnecessary stress and pressure on you and that’s the last thing you need during the midst of wedding planning. And remember, wedding gowns usually run small so don’t freak out if the size you usually wear suddenly feels snug.

If there are any other details or accessories you plan to add to the dress, bring them along with you to your shopping trip. Did you already purchase a tiara and colored sash to spruce up that all white dress? You’re bridal shopping day wouldn’t be complete without them. One of the last things you want to do is get home only to realize that your dress doesn’t match the accessories you had already picked out.

Sleep on it
Are you a remorse shopper? So you found a dress that you think you could love but you’re not sure if it’s the one. Don’t rush into buying. Instead go home and mull it over for a while. If you still feel that tingly feeling when you think about your dress, you know it’s meant to be. But remember, a bridal gown is a big purchase and many retailers don’t allow returns.

Personal style and comfort triumphs
While I agree that your wedding dress is a special purchase, it shouldn’t be so special and unique that you would never wear something of that style again. Your wedding is a reflection of who you are. Now is not the time to experiment with traditional ball gowns if you know you are normally a sexy vixen. The more you stay true to your personal style, the more comfortable and beautiful you’ll feel.

Did we miss something? What’s is your best piece of gown shopping advice?

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  1. Wendy

    As a planner and someone who used to be in the sale of wedding gowns, I have to disagree with some of your points. First, having your hair and make up done is a BIG help to feeling pretty in “the dress”. It gives a bride a better idea how she will look when she already feels pretty. I don’t agree that accessories are necessary in finding the dress. It adds confusion and takes up valuable time in a short appointment of only an hour. Wait until you have your first fitting or when you go to try on YOUR dress when it arrives in the store.

    Don’t bring anyone to the appointment, except for a trusted friend who understands whose wedding it is or your mom- if she can be supportive. Too many opinions ruins a bridal appointment for everyone and a salon is not set up to handle crowds of people who want to “shop” while they wait for each change. It makes for a very chaotic store. There is plenty of time to show off your purchase later.

    While it is true that you should buy the size that fits, don’t allow a consultant to make you order a dress bigger than 1 size over you normal size. And, if the sample size fits or is a little big, that size will be fine to order. Taking in a dress is fine, but not making a whole new one. And, letting a dress out can ruin the fabric. Use you head when ordering and don’t be bullied. If the dress has a beaded or lace hem, have the hollow to hem measurement taken and pay for the dress to be made to that specification. It will save you money in the long run and the dress will not be altered in the look.

    Finally, “sleeping on it” is fine. But, if you put on a dress and KNOW it is the one- don’t wait! Don’t keep shopping and confuse yourself further. Go with your gut! You won’t regret it if you know it is your perfect dress. Good luck!

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