Shopping for your wedding dress is one of the most exciting times in your life. But there are some things to keep in mind while you look for the perfect one.
DON’T say you’ve already found the one. Lots of brides find gowns online that they fall in love with and then when they try them on in person, it just isn’t the same. Mara Urshel, co-owner of Kleinfeld says, “90 percent of brides who come into Kleinfeld saying, ‘this is the dress,’ end up trying on the dress and being let down. They need to keep an open mind and realize that they are looking at a photo that was most likely re-touched, on a perfect model with the proper hair and makeup.”
DON’T get a dress just because you look good in it. Despite how amazing you think you look in a particular dress, if you don’t feel like your self in it, then it’s not the one. If you can’t move in it and dance in it, then what is the point, right? You want to be comfortable on your big day, so keep that in mind when trying on gowns. Nicole Staple, co-founder of Brideside says, “I almost chose a gown that was stunning, but ultimately was too statue-esque and better suited for standing in one place rather than moving, bending and sitting.”
DON’T shop prematurely. Women love to shop, and sure you’ve looked at dresses online even before you had a boyfriend, but DON’T enter a bridal store and start trying on gowns before you even have a ring on your finger! Wait until you at least have a date set or even a venue. This can determine what style of dress you buy.
DON’T bring your entire wedding party to try on dresses. Everyone has an opinion and not every one will agree. We suggest shopping with up to three close friends or family members whose opinions you value and trust. This is a great mother-daughter bonding moment and she will have your best interest. Remember that in the end it is YOUR day and YOUR wedding dress. YOU have to love it.
DON’T judge a dress by its hanger. Trust your bridal consultant when she says the dress looks better on than it does on the hanger. Unlike a t-shirt, a wedding dress because of its weight and detail can sag on a hanger. So keep an open mind. You won’t really know what a wedding dress will look like on you until you actually try it on.
DON’T try on an over-budget dress “just to see”. This is a very BAD idea! Do not look at gowns that are over your budget. You don’t want to fall in love with a dress that you cannot afford.