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

Attending your first wedding dress shopping trip is both exciting and stressful. You would have probably poured over several Pinterest posts and wedding magazines to give you an idea on what sort of dress you would envision yourself in. Although there aren’t any hard and fast rules when it comes to wedding dress shopping, here are some guidelines to help you through the process:

Do book an appointment

It is important to book an appointment prior to going wedding dress shopping in order to avoid any disappointment of completely booked days. You could go through the websites of a few shops and get an idea about the types of dresses and designer pieces they display. Most appointments last for about an hour so make sure you come in a few minutes early to avoid rushing through the whole process.

Do have an idea about your wedding style

It is always important to have a rough idea about the wedding season, décor and venue so you could pick an appropriate dress. You do not want to be wearing a dress suitable for a ballroom at the beach.

Don’t bring the whole crew

It is important to bring a quality entourage than a whole crew that may spoil your mood with their judgments. Think about the number of people you want to see your dress before the big day as well. Invite important people such as your mom, mother-in-law and best friend to be a part of this memorable day.

Do have an open mind

While you may have a dream dress you envisioned yourself in, be open to your stylist’s suggestions as well. Be aware of the wedding dresses trends as well so you can have a few options in mind if your dream dress didn’t turn out to fit you like you thought it would. If your stylist picks out something for you then give it a try. Something you didn’t like may end up looking the best on you.

Don’t toss your budget aside

Don’t try on a dress if it is outside of your budget. You may end up loving it and tossing aside your budget for it. Remember that you have set up a budget for a reason. However, if you do end up loving a dress outside of your budget, do some research online to see if you could obtain a pre-owned version of it so it falls under your budget.

Do have plenty of time

The most comfortable time to shop for your dress is around 10 months prior to the big day. This gives you plenty of time to visit various stores and try on different styles before you make your decision. Once you choose a dress, it takes time to be altered to your size so give yourself enough time to get it altered as well.

Remember, you do not need to purchase the dress at your first booking itself. Take your time to make the right decision. With these pointers in mind, you could have a stress-free shopping experience while ending up with the ideal dress.

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Author Monet Eisenhart