7 Important Wedding-Dress Shopping Dos and Don’ts
How to choose a wedding dress — even though most brides are excited about wearing one, that question of how to find it one can be a source of stress when it comes to ticking things off the wedding planning checklist. But whether you can’t wait to start shopping or you’re nervous about being able to find something you like, some simple tips can set you up for success. Here are seven simple dos and don’ts for how to choose a wedding dress:
- DO: Schedule a Morning Appointment
If you can manage to get an early appointment at the bridal boutique, the environment will be much more relaxed. You also won’t be working with consultants who have been dealing with demanding people for hours. If you’re unsure as to how to choose a wedding dress, these people are your best resource — so you want them to have enough energy to help.
- DON’T: Get Caught Up in the Details
Start with the big picture, not the details, when choosing a wedding dress. Before you try to find a dress with a long row of pearl buttons, figure out which shades of white and ivory flatter your skin tone, which silhouettes you’re most comfortable in, and how traditional or funky you’d like to end up looking.
- DO: Ask If the Boutique Allows Pictures
As you’re trying on dresses, ask your friends to snap a few photos (if the boutique where you’re shopping allows it, of course). Not only will you like some dresses less or more in photos than in the mirror, you’ll also be able to see the dress from all angles.
- DON’T: Worry About Matching Bridesmaids
Some brides think that they need to choose a dress that will mirror the bridesmaids’ dresses in some fashion (length, neckline, etc.), but there’s no need for that as long as your bridesmaids won’t be dressed way more formally than you. In fact, only 38% of brides today are having all their bridesmaids wear the same color and style of dress, so you shouldn’t even think they have to match each other.
- DO: Set a Price Point and Don’t Look Back
Weddings can undoubtedly be pricey — modern couples spend an average of $28,000 on their wedding day — which makes it even more important to make a budget, write it down in your wedding organizer and stick to it. Decide what you can afford before you start looking at dresses, and let the boutique’s staff know.
- DON’T: Let Trends Rule You
Don’t get too caught up in the look of the moment when choosing a bridal gown unless it’s something that you really love. If a trend flatters you, then by all means embrace it, but don’t feel like you need to force yourself into a dress that simply isn’t you.
- DO: Wait for the “Wow” Factor
Not all brides will instantly recognize “their” dress as soon as they put it on, but you should go with your instincts. If you know a dress looks attractive but you’re not excited about it, make a note of the style and come back another day before making any commitments.
Did you know that a majority of brides (84%) still incorporate something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue into their wedding-day ensemble? Share your wedding wardrobe plans in the comments.