Shopping for your perfect dress should be fun and easy! We want to make it as stress-free as possible, so here are eight mistakes to avoid while shopping for your wedding dress.
1. Shopping too early or too late
Remember, you need at least 4-6 months or more to order a gown, and then you will need time for your alterations. So you should start shopping and find your dress 8-10 months before your wedding. Starting too early will lead to shopping before you’re ready to say yes, and shopping too late will limit your options on what will be available in such a short period.
2. Not making an appointment
When you are ready to start shopping for your perfect gown, make sure you research and find the shop or shops you would like to visit. Make sure you schedule an appointment with these shops before they fill up, and this will also allow a stylist to be available to work with you during your appointment. Most bridal boutiques require appointments, and scheduling a few weeks before will give you more options and available times to choose from.
3. Large Entourages
We know you want your family and friends to be a part of this exciting moment, but remember they will all get to be a part of the more exciting moments on your big day. So keep your entourage small; 1-4 guests is a great number to bring with you. Large entourages bring too many opinions and less focus on what you as the bride are loving and looking for. Make sure only to invite the people who know you best and whose opinions you value the most. We want to keep the focus on you!
4. Unrealistic budget
Do your research on the gown styles you think you might love and the prices of the gowns you are loving. Depending on the designer, materials, and styles, bridal gowns can vary in price. Choose your budget and stick to it once you start shopping, but don’t forget other costs that come with the gown price tag. You will need to factor in the gown, alterations, and accessories. Keep this in mind when you go gown shopping and set a budget.
5. Not being open-minded
Most brides see photos of gowns and think they know exactly what they want to wear on their big day, but keep an open mind. You never know what you will like until you see it on your own body. Once you’ve tried on a few gowns, it’s good to narrow it down to one style, but remember to keep an open mind when you go into your first appointment.
6. Trying on too many gowns
Too much of a good thing is not always good–and that applies to wedding dress shopping as well. Scheduling too many appointments and trying on too many gowns will not help you in the long run. We understand wanting to make sure, but after trying on gown after gown they will all blur together, and it will only become more confusing and frustrating in the end. Let yourself enjoy your bridal moment, and if you think you found the one, say YES! no matter how many gowns you’ve tried on. It could be your first or your sixth; just enjoy the moment.
7. Trying gowns outside of your budget
Going back to setting your budget and sticking to it, don’t let yourself try on gowns you have no intention of buying. This leads to falling in love with a dress you know you can’t get and having exceptions that other dresses can’t meet. We know shopping can get fun, but always stay within your budget, and you can’t go wrong.
8. Wrong size
Don’t plan for a future that is too unpredictable. Forcing your stylists to order a gown too small because you plan to lose weight puts way too much pressure on yourself and your stylists. It is much easier to take a dress in than to let it out. Order or purchase the gown that fits you at the time of your appointment; it’s better to be safe than sorry! You can always alter the dress to fit you rather than pressure yourself to fit into one you ordered too small.
We hope you enjoyed these tips on wedding dress shopping! Check-in next week for more!