How to Choose Your Dream Wedding Dress

//How to Choose Your Dream Wedding Dress

Whether you’ve been dreaming of your wedding dress since you were five and know the exact specifications you want for it down to the last sequin, or you’ve never thought about it until your future spouse’s mother nagged, “You still haven’t gotten your gown?”– we’ve got you covered on how to choose a wedding dress.

Plus, your dress sets the tone for the wedding as a whole, whether it’s a grand ballroom affair or a casual beach bash. Plus, more brides than ever are doing multiple dresses, a more formal one for the ceremony and a party-centric (danceable or more outrageous and blingy) one for the reception, which can double the task of shopping.

For some brides, a dream dress is a regal ballgown fit for a princess. For others, a dream look is a sexy, va-va-voom sheath gown that makes everyone appreciate her curves; to other brides, the best dress is one that allows her enough movement to be able to re-enact the choreography from “Thriller” on the dance floor.

The choices can seem overwhelming for sure. No matter your budget, your personal style, or your timeline, check out our wedding dress shopping tips for finding the gown of your dreams– the one you’ll love today, on the big day, and in 30 years from now when you look back at your wedding photos.

Do Research to Find What You Like

Rip pages out of magazines, click through bridal boutiques online, explore on Pinterest, and check out what celebrity brides are wearing to compile a visual file of your favorite dresses. Look for a connecting theme– are they all very embellished? Find a couple commonalities of styles you like and bring your ideas to your first appointment.

Be Open

Bridal consultants will tell you that they constantly see women come in with a set idea of what they want for a gown, then try it on and don’t actually love it– and instead, fall for something completely different that they ‘d never considered. Keep an open mind to finding a dream dress that you didn’t know would be your dream dress.

Brace Yourself for Bridal Sizing

Bridal sizing means your gown’s number will often be one to two sizes higher than for your regular clothes. Even if going bigger sounds horrifying, remember that no one will know the number but you and your consultant.

Shop True to Your Size

Even if you plan on losing weight before the big day, shop for dresses in your current size rather than going smaller. It’s much easier to take a dress in than trying to work with one that’s way too snug.

Shop Early

Many gowns take four to eight months to be produced, and once it arrives, you still have to factor in more time for alterations and accessorizing. If you’re having a long engagement and immediately start shopping for gowns, the one you end up buying might be out of style by the time your wedding comes around, or you might find one you like even better closer to the date.

Figure out Your Budget

Yes, it’s uncomfortable to talk numbers, but it will save you from heartache later on. Before your first appointment, figure out who is paying for the gown (your family, the groom, you?). If someone else is paying, get the hard numbers on your limit, so you can choose to stay within that budget or pay the difference yourself to get the dress you want.

Know Your Wedding Theme Beforehand

Always keep the venue and theme in mind as you browse gowns, because the last thing you want is for your dress to clash with your overall wedding style. Say you plan to cap your dress spending at $2,000– you actually shouldn’t buy a $2,000 gown. That’s because you need to factor in for tailoring, accessories (your veil, jewelry, and shoes) and cleaning and preserving the gown after the wedding if you want it to be a keepsake.

Find a Great Bridal Salon

Do your homework before you start making appointments, since you don’t want to waste time at a shop that doesn’t carry dresses you like or has terrible customer service. Get referrals from married friends and check online reviews to find shops with solid reputations.

Call Ahead

In most bridal stores, the dresses aren’t displayed in a way where you can just leaf through them and browse on your own, the way you can in other retail stores. You’ll need an appointment so a consultant can help you select dresses and try them on.

Start Inexpensive and Work Your Way Up

Make your first appointment with the least-expensive bridal shop and keep scaling up if you don’t find anything. Same goes for trying on dresses during your appointments– try on the most affordable one first, and work your way up to the bank-breaker; you may fall in love before then!

Plus, your dress sets the tone for the wedding as a whole, whether it’s a grand ballroom affair or a casual beach bash. Plus, more brides than ever are doing multiple dresses, a more formal one for the ceremony and a party-centric (danceable or more blingy and outrageous) one for the reception, which can double the task of shopping.

For others, a dream look is a sexy, va-va-voom sheath gown that makes everyone appreciate her curves; to other brides, the best dress is one that allows her enough movement to be able to re-enact the choreography from “Thriller” on the dance floor.

Always keep the venue and theme in mind as you browse gowns, because the last thing you want is for your dress to clash with your overall wedding style. Say you plan to cap your dress spending at $2,000– you actually shouldn’t buy a $2,000 gown.

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