How to Shop For a Wedding Dress
Paperia | May 2014
How to Shop for a Wedding Dress:
Shopping for a wedding dress is often the highlight of wedding planning for the bride-to-be and for the mother of the bride. This is a special time when the bride can try on various wedding gowns and start to envision how she will create her look for the big day!
For some the process of shopping for a bridal gown can be extremely overwhelming and nerve-wracking. If you are a bride who doesn’t like to shop or who is not into fashion or getting dressed up, you may actually be dreading this.
Whether you love it or hate it, there are several ways to make shopping for your wedding dress experience more enjoyable…
Look before you try:
Do some research on wedding websites and flip through magazines. Identify styles that you find attractive and that you think would work well with your body type. Print them or clip them so that you can take them with you for inspiration.
Know what you don’t want:
Sometimes it is hard to identify “the wedding dress”, because there are so many beautiful options! That is when knowing what you DON’T want can be helpful, as it will eliminate some styles right off the bat. For example, perhaps you say, “I definitely do not want a ball gown or anything with sequins, lace, or beads.” Then, the bridal shop stylist will know to direct you only towards more simple, fitted styles.
Take your time:
Don’t rush into a decision as soon as you find a wedding dress that you love! The worst thing would be to make a hasty decision, order a gown, and then find another swoon-worthy dress that you just can’t live without. Make the rounds at different types of shops so that you feel confident that you’ve exhausted your options before swiping that credit card. Don’t know where to shop? The Knot has got you covered.
Get a second opinion:
Once you think you have found “the one”, it’s great to get a second opinion from someone that you trust to give you candid and honest feedback. Many brides choose to take their mother, future mother-in-law, the maid/matron of honor, and/or some or all of the bridesmaids when they shop. Don’t take TOO many people, though, for you may wind up with “too many cooks in the kitchen.”
Remember – the style of the wedding dress will impact the level of “formality” your wedding will have, so it is always best to select the bridal gown first before shopping for the bridal party attire. That way, you can make your other attire decisions based on the tone dictated by the bridal gown, which is by far the most important fashion statement of the day!
Keep in mind that it often takes 6 or more months to receive your gown from the designer. You’ll want to have at least a month advance for alterations, fittings, etc. So, get out there and get shopping already!