10 Mistakes brides make when wedding dress shopping

Before you find the gown, read these top bridal blunders to avoid.

1) Bringing a Huge Entourage

Your bridal gown will be the most important dress you’ll ever wear, but you may not want too many opinions when making such an important decision. Having too many people there with you for your consultation could end up confusing you and bringing you further away from your original bridal vision. Ideally, you shouldn’t need to bring more than 2 people with you. Most brides find that their appointment is most enjoyable when they include just their mother, sister or bestie. These people who are closest to you and know the real you will generally have your best interests at heart, instead of what they want you to wear.

2) Shopping Much Too Early

Once you get engaged, you will most likely want to start looking at wedding gowns right away! While it’s great to research ahead of time to get an idea of styles you favour, it is not wise to start shopping more than a year and a half in advance. Once a bride starts trying on gowns at bridal boutiques, it is inevitable that there will be a gown that she’ll love, but if a bride isn’t ready to buy just yet, this may make the decision more difficult than it needs to be! The more time you have trying on different styles in different boutiques, the more you will confuse yourself with too many options. It is important to decide on most of your wedding details before you look for a gown. The details and vibe of your wedding will influence what dress you may see yourself in on your big day. Ideally, you want to start shopping for your wedding gown about 12 months before your wedding date. Most wedding dresses take anywhere from 5 to 8 months to arrive after ordering, and additional time should be allotted for any alterations that may be needed.

3) Trying On Too Many Dresses

If you’ve ever seen the show Say Yes to the Dress, you’ve probably seen the drama of a bride who’s tried on 50+ dresses without finding the right one. In reality, most brides try on between 4 and 8 gowns. Brides should avoid trying on more than 10, because it can lead to confusion and the experience may become overwhelming. Once a bride becomes overwhelmed, it is difficult to remember the original vision and may begin to doubt the experience.

4) Getting Caught Up In Having the “Perfect Moment”

Every bride is different, so why would you expect your reaction to the dress to be the same as that one bride you saw on that one show? Maybe you can’t relate to someone who’s always dreamed of her wedding day, and maybe you are not a crier; this doesn’t mean that your reaction is wrong or invalid! Once you find the dress, you will feel a level of comfort in it. Your bridal gown should be a reflection of who you are; it should be the most elevated version of yourself!

5) Sticking With One Style

You will never know what a wedding gown will look like on you, until you try it on. Most brides will end up having an idea of a style when they arrive at their consultation, and find that they leave with something completely different than what they expected! It’s great to have done some research prior to the appointment, but you will never know how a dress looks just by a photo or on a hanger in the store. This is why it’s so important to keep an open mind throughout the bridal consultation.

6) Buying a Dress You Don’t Love

This is the biggest mistake that brides make! Do not go with a dress just because it is on sale for 60% off, or someone influenced you to get it. If you find yourself liking a dress but also having doubts, or if you're feeling pressured from a part of your entourage or a salesperson to make a purchase, it's okay to go home empty-handed, sleep on it, and return at a later point if you're still dreaming about the dress.

7) Ordering the Wrong Size

Wedding gown sizes are typically one to two sizes smaller than street clothes, so put too much focus on the number on the tag. Instead of focusing on the actual size, it is more important to look at your measurements and how they line up on the bridal designer’s size chart. If you are planning on losing weight and are concerned about your measurements changing before the gown arrives, play it safe and go with your current measurements. A bridal gown can typically be taken in a couple sizes if need be. If you end up going the other way and the dress doesn’t fit when it comes in, there are always alteration options you can do! Trust your seamstress and remember to be realistic throughout the ordering and alteration process.

8) Not Sticking to a Budget

Avoid trying on dresses you can’t afford. It is important to figure out what price range you are comfortable with before you go shopping for your wedding dress. Make sure you are completely clear on your budget before you go to your bridal appointment, and make sure the boutique you go to respects your budget. If you see a gown that’s way out of your price range, don’t try it on “just for fun”, as this may lead to disappointment and heart break if you end up loving the gown. Your budget should also include the gown alterations and you may want to account for accessories like a veil or jewelry, and your shoes to complete your bridal look!

9) Not Choosing Your Store Wisely

Do your research! Start by reading reviews by previous customers and looking at the bridal boutiques website, and social media pages. Make sure that the boutique you choose is an authorized retailer for the designers you’ve been eyeing. To find out which stores are authorized in your area, check the designers’ website to see which bridal salons are listed. If you’re a curvy bride, you may need to do further research on which boutiques carry a plus -sized collection.

10) Not Asking about Storage and Alterations

Every bridal boutique is different; some will have a seamstress in house, and include storage of the gown until your wedding day, while others may give you a list of reputable seamstresses in their area and you will need to store your gown at home. Some important questions to ask before ordering your gown: Is steaming and storage of the gown included? Are alterations in hour or out sourced? If alterations are in house, what is the price range and time frame needed to complete alterations?

Reference from Bridal Guide. Original article

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