Finding the right wedding dress can be a daunting task. No matter the vision, theme, style or formality of the celebration, choosing the right design can be the most fun, yet the most stressful, part of the entire planning process. But there’s a bit of advice to follow if you want to ease the experience.
Don’t go to the first bridal salon without doing some prepping. Instead of filling yourself with worries and walking into your appointment blindly, we’re sharing 5 secrets to finding the perfect wedding dress – along with a few absolute DON’Ts to keep in mind as well!
First, What NOT To Do
Don’t go for the trendiest choices.
You can hit up the on-trend designs but choose gowns with a timeless twist. If you want blush, go with a classic, A-line gown dipped in the delicate colors. We know those 80’s brides with the puffy sleeves and giant bows on the back are cursing their choices, and we don’t want that for you!
Don’t style your wedding after a Pinterest find.
Pinterest is great for inspiring, but that doesn’t mean you need to become a copycat. Keep in mind that bridal gowns, especially, look different on every body that slips into it. Instead of trying to recreate what someone else looks like, go for something that makes you feel and look amazing.
Don’t bring an entourage.
The more people you have with you, the more overwhelming the experience will become and not in a good way. Too many personal opinions and too many people to “make happy” with your choice sucks the fun out of the entire appointment. Go with your most trusted partner, whether that’s your mom and sis or just your bestie. Remember, your opinion and how you feel matters the most.
5 Secrets to Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress
1. Make Early Appointment Times At The Salons.
Try and make your appointment times in the morning. You get a fresh-faced staff that hasn’t been on their feet lugging dresses around all day – or dealing with Bridezillas for five hours. You’ll also feel more energized yourself (and not bloated from lunchtime with the fam).
2. Do Your Research On Silhouettes.
If you don’t already know, do some research on wedding dress silhouettes. From trumpets to a modified A-line, you’ll have a better idea of what to shop for or what your bridal stylist is talking about when you hit the racks. Also, you’ll have a better idea of what you’re personally interested and what looks good on your body type!
3. Try On Before You Eliminate Completely.
Before you decide that you want absolutely no lace or you can’t have anything other than full-length sleeves, try on some different styles. So many times brides will walk into a salon with everything they don’t want and walk out with a gown that had those same elements. You may surprise yourself, so stay open-minded!
4. Do Wear The Right Undergarments.
Make yourself more comfortable by going into your appointment with the right undergarments on. Whether you feel best in a pair of Spanx to suck up your tummy or a comfy pair of full-coverage panties, don’t worry about the stylish that’s helping you, they’ve seen it all already.
5. Take Photos – If Allowed.
Some bridal salons and boutiques won’t allow photo taking but when you’re able to – GO FOR IT. Take a lot of photos and take them at every angle. If you love a dress and love how you photograph in it, then come the day of, you’ll feel more confident than ever before.
BONUS Tip: Consider Used
If you’re looking incredulously at your screen thinking “used? I THINK NOT”, allow me to make my case.
Like anything, there is a market for used wedding dresses. Places like OnceWed allow buyers and sellers to connect. For sellers, it means an opportunity to recoup some of the cost of their wedding/dress. But buyers, it’s a chance to save some money and enjoy something pre-loved. In addition to being thrifty, it’s also a great way to reduce waste (always a bonus).
Importantly, the price of a used wedding dress is typically a fraction of that of a new one. If you want to rock something beautiful but don’t want to spend too many Benjamins to do it, well, going used is an awesome way to do it.