Finding the perfect wedding dress is a fun, exciting experience. It’s also something that can be stressful and overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re doing. Here, we’ve put together a list of all our best tips for what to do when shopping for your gown.
Do a dress test run.
- Try on the dress at home. Before you make your way to a bridal shop, see if you can walk and sit in your wedding gown. This will help ensure that it fits well and will be comfortable on your big day.
- Try on different types of underwear. Depending on what style of underwear you plan to wear underneath your dress (a strapless bra or Spanx), this step may be more important than others! For example, if your bridal dress has an empire waistline with no boning or structure then adding some shapewear will create extra support for those curves so they don’t crease as much when sitting down during pictures or dancing at the reception hall later that evening. If there’s plenty of boning built into the design already then there may not need anything else added underneath since those pieces will hold everything together nicely without any additional help needed from something like Spanx which would just make things tighter around the waistline area instead!
Go to multiple stores
The most important thing you can do is shop around. Don’t settle for the first dress you see! You might find something that you like better in another store, or even another designer’s line at the same store. If there are multiple dresses that catch your eye, try them on–you never know which one will make all the difference!
Get fitted by a professional.
- Get fitted by a professional.
- Make sure the dressmaker is a professional who knows how to get you a perfect-fit maxi or trouser shirt whatever is your design for the big day.
- Make sure the seamstress is professional.
- Make sure your tailor is a professional, too! And don’t forget about those tailors who do alterations for wedding dresses–they can be really helpful when you’re trying to get your dress altered to fit just right!
Don’t forget about accessories.
You should not forget about accessories. They can make or break a look and help you build your wedding style!
Accessories are an easy way to add color, texture, or pattern without having to go with a completely different dress. You can use jewelry to complement your dress by choosing similar colors or styles. Or perhaps you want something that’s totally different from what everyone else will be wearing at your wedding–that’s fine too! Just find something that speaks to who YOU are as a person (and maybe even influences how people see themselves).
You don’t need anything fancy–even simple stud earrings will do!
Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
The first thing you should do when you step into a bridal boutique is to take a deep breath and relax. You’ll be asked all kinds of questions, but don’t worry–it’s all part of the process. Here are some common ones:
- How much does it cost? The price tag on your wedding dress should always be displayed prominently in the store so that customers know how much they’re spending right off the bat. Don’t feel pressured into buying something if it doesn’t fit within your budget; there are other options out there!
- What’s included with my purchase? Some dresses come packaged with veils or extra straps (for example), while others don’t include anything besides what’s shown on their hanger or mannequin display stand – which could mean additional costs if those extras aren’t included in their price tags either way (so double check). Also, keep an eye out for any hidden fees like alterations fees as well – some places charge extra for these services even though they should technically come standard since these alterations may also need to be done before wearing them home anyway…and finally: make sure everything else goes smoothly before making any decisions about purchasing anything else off-site too!
Make sure you have all your information and measurements together.
- Bring a friend.
- Bring a notebook.
- Take pictures of all your favorite dresses, so you can remember them later on and compare them to other dresses in person or online.
- Write down measurements of each dress and how they fit, so when you’re looking at other stores’ websites, you’ll know what size works best with each designer’s style (and which ones are just not the right fit for you). If possible, try on the same dress in different sizes at different stores; many places will let you do this if it’s not too busy!
- Use a tape measurer for busts and waists–it’ll give more accurate results than trying to measure yourself using another piece of clothing or string/ribbon around your waistline as an estimate instead!
Be ready to try on different styles.
You may find that the dress that looks best on you is not the one you would have expected. There are many styles to choose from, so don’t be afraid to try them all!
If you’re looking for something traditional, consider a ball gown or A-line dress. If you want something more modern, consider an off-the-shoulder number with a shorter skirt. If none of those styles appeals to you at first glance (or second or third), then maybe it’s time for something completely different like an asymmetrical hemline or cutout back detail.
Don’t be afraid to go off-the-beaten-path when it comes to your dress.
Don’t be afraid to go off-the-beaten-path when it comes to your dress. Don’t think that because a dress is different or unique, it won’t look good on you. In fact, some of the best wedding dresses I have ever seen were ones that were very different from what people typically wear on their big day. If you want something really unique and different, don’t be afraid to try on anything!
Be prepared for the possibility of trying on even more than one dress per store.
It’s essential to be prepared for the possibility of trying on even more than one dress per store. If you are not sure what you want, try on as many styles as possible so that your consultant can help identify what works best for your body type and shape. If you are confident in your choice, try on only one or two dresses so they can give their full attention to helping find the perfect fit and style for your special day!
Don’t be afraid to put your own spin on things!
You don’t have to be afraid of putting your own spin on things. If you see something that catches your eye but is not quite right for you, don’t hesitate to ask if it can be custom-made for you.
If there’s something specific that you want in a dress–a certain color or shape of sleeves or neckline, perhaps–and they don’t offer it as an option at first glance, just ask! The worst thing that could happen is being told no; the best outcome would be finding out that they can make exactly what you’ve been looking for all along!
When it comes down to trying new things and having fun with the whole process (because let’s face it: shopping for wedding dresses isn’t always fun), don’t let fear hold you back from doing so! It might seem silly now but trust me when I say this: there will never be another moment like this one where everything is perfect and nothing matters except how much love there is between two people who want nothing more than spend forever together as husband & wife.”
You can have fun and still feel comfortable when shopping for your wedding dress.
You can have fun and still feel comfortable when shopping for your wedding dress. You don’t want to rush into anything, so take your time and enjoy the process!
- Try on different styles – there are many types of wedding dresses out there, from strapless gowns to long sleeves and everything in between. You’ll want to find something that fits your personality and makes you feel good about yourself on the most special day of your life.
- Be open-minded – don’t rule out any styles just because they aren’t what you think of as “bridal” or “traditional.” If it looks good on you and makes both of us happy, then why not try it? Don’t get hung up on labels–there’s no such thing as “wedding dresses” anyway! Just look at yourself in front of the mirror: if this dress makes me happy enough that I’m smiling while wearing it (and not crying), then maybe this is my dream dress after all…
You can find an amazing wedding dress without feeling pressured into anything!
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
- Don’t be afraid to put your own spin on things.
- Don’t be afraid to try on different styles and shapes, even if they’re not “the norm” for you or what you think you like most in general. Sometimes it’s fun to change it up! You might find that there are aspects of other looks that complement yours perfectly, or even better yet: You’ll discover an entirely new look that works perfectly for your body type and personality (and saves money).
I hope this guide has helped you get ready for your big day! You don’t have to spend hours upon hours searching for the perfect dress, but if you want something special or different then it’s worth making sure that you find the right one. Remember that there are tons of options out there and if nothing at all seems appealing then maybe it’s time to rethink what kind of wedding dress would work best for you.