Wedding Dress Shopping: Tips for Finding Your Dream Wedding Dress

Finding Your Dream Wedding Dress

Shopping for a wedding dress can be an overwhelming adventure.  It is undoubtedly one of the most important gowns you will ever wear and naturally you want it to be perfect.  Whether or not you know what type of wedding dress you want, My Wedding Chat wants to make the process a little easier and something you will want to remember. There are some important tips you should know before you start trying these beautiful wedding gowns on so let us help you get on the right track toward finding your dream wedding dress by offering up some helpful advice.

1. Figure out your gown budget.

Before you start flipping through the latest wedding dress magazines, figure out exactly how much of your wedding budget will be dedicated to your dress and  accessories.  This includes your alterations, shoes, headpieces and jewelry.  If you have a solid idea of how much you can spend on your attire and the alterations, it will be easier on you and your consultant when you actually start trying dresses on.  That way you don’t run the risk of falling in love with a dress that simply won’t fit into your budget.

2. Make appointments.

Calling ahead to book appointments with the bridal salons is highly recommended.  Even if they don’t work necessarily by appointment only, this will give you a better idea of what their schedule will be on the day that you plan on going in.  Planning to go on a day other than a Saturday is also a good idea.  Saturdays are generally the busiest days, so for a less stressful experience, plan to go on a day or evening during the week rather than the weekend.

3. Limit the number of helpers.

Although everyone around you is going to be excited to help you pick out your dream wedding dress, don’t bring an entourage with you.  The old adage, “Too many cooks in the kitchen spoils the broth,” applies to wedding dress shopping, too.  Everyone you bring will have an opinion of what they like and what they think looks best, and the only opinion that truly matters is yours.  Bringing no more than two or three people with you is best, as this will cut down on the influx of the ideas and opinions you get, making it easier for you to narrow your choices of bridal gowns down.

4. Know your time and date.

Narrowing down when and where your wedding will be is also helpful when trying to find your dream wedding dress.  This will help you know the style of your wedding, which will in turn help you choose a dress style.  Most brides tend to not wear a sheath destination styles to a very formal black tie affair and vice-versa.  Also, knowing when your wedding will take place will help your consultant aid you in finding a dress that can be ordered in time for your event, as many wedding dresses take at least 6 months to come in.  Don’t fear, however; there are many beautiful wedding dresses that come in quick delivery options for those whose weddings are happening in less than 6 months.

5. Have an idea in mind.

Bringing pictures of wedding dresses and styles that you like will help guide your consultant to the wedding dress style that you like, as well.  Most appointments don’t last more than an hour and a half, so giving your consultant an idea of your taste will make the selection process easier and more precise.  On that same note, be open to wedding dress suggestions from the consultant.  She has probably worked with hundreds of women and will be able to guide you to your most flattering gown silhouette.  You just might be pleasantly surprised at what she brings you.

6. Tips on fit.

Remember to not be discouraged if the sample sizes at the bridal salon don’t fit exactly right.  The sizing for bridal gowns is not the same as that of street clothing.  It’s common to order a dress two or more sizes larger than what you normally wear, so you shouldn’t be too concerned if your measurements put you in a size that doesn’t seem right.  Most bridal salons don’t carry every dress in every size, so taking your measurements is how the consultant will ensure your dress is the right size for you when it comes in.  Also, even though the dress you order will be sized for you, that doesn’t mean it won’t need to be altered.  This dress should be the most perfect fitting gown you will ever wear and your alterations will help you achieve that.

7. Have fun!

Finally, don’t take the process so seriously.  It’s a fun and memorable time in your life and should be treated like that.  It’s not every day that you get to dress up and feel like a princess.  Your prince will think you’re the most beautiful woman in the room no matter what, and after all, isn’t that what it’s all about? Shopping for your wedding dress is different for everyone.  Some will pick the first dress they try on while others have to search a little longer to find their dream wedding dress.  However long it takes you, always remember that this is a once in a lifetime experience and you should enjoy every moment.  Being prepared and doing your research can make the process even more enjoyable.

My Wedding Chat provides you with expert advice and tips on everything wedding related.  Look to My Wedding Chat for the best advice when planning your wedding.

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