The wedding dress is one of the most high-profile parts of a wedding. It’s what your guests will see first when you walk down the aisle, what your photographer aims to beautifully capture, and one of the things that you remember most about your day. Choosing a dress is an essential task! To make the process easier and more effective, here’s what to know before you go wedding dress shopping.
BUDGET Come in with a set limit on how much you want to spend. And make sure you include not only the dress in your budget, but everything else that comes along with it – veil, shoes, accessories, undergarments, and so on. Tell your bridal consultant what your budget is right away – that way they won’t waste time and energy with gowns that are over your limit.
TIMING When is the final date that you would need the dress finished by? The time frame to make a gown specifically tailored to your body type can take up to 10 months. Think about how long it will take to alter it from your first fitting to when you need it completed. Start shopping 1-2 months before that, in case it takes a while for you to find and order a dress that you love.
STYLE Go into your appointment with an idea of what you want your wedding dress to look like – this will save you and your salesperson so much time! Mermaid, ball gown, short, ethereal, strapless, boatneck, beaded, a different color than white…the possibilities are endless, so decide what you like before you go in.
LOGISTICS OF THE DAY Not only do you want to look your best, but you want to feel your best as well. Think about how your wedding day will most likely go. If you’re having a summer wedding, then you may want a dress made with more breathable fabric. If you’re having an outdoor wedding in the fall or winter, think about a heavier fabric (or even a cover up). If you know you’ll be wanting to dance and party hard that night, choose a dress that’s easier for you to move in.
SHOPPING GUESTS Keep the number of people coming wedding dress shopping with you on the smaller side – around 2-3. That way you won’t get bombarded with dozens of opinions. Select the people closest to you whose opinions you care about most and who will help make the process meaningful for you.
One final tip: make sure you are well rested, hydrated, and fed before going to your appointment. Wedding dress shopping may get tiresome, and will probably take longer than you expect. Get started by checking out our bridal apparel vendors here!
All images courtesy of Ania Bridal
This Tips & Advice piece was submitted by Dana Barbar, a trusted local wedding professional and talented writer.