Wedding dress shopping can be one of the most exciting but also stressful experiences of the entire wedding planning process. It’s a day that most brides have dreamt of since they were little girls, and now that the time has arrived to try on potential gowns, the pressure is on. As a bridal consultant with years of experience, I’ve seen hundreds of brides come and go throughout the years. Here are some expert tips and tricks that will help you find the dress of your dreams without the stress.
It’s essential to start the wedding dress shopping process early, ideally eight to ten months before your big day. It’s challenging to choose a gown in a hurry, so give yourself enough time to research and try on different styles. Additionally, most wedding dresses take six to eight months to be made and delivered, so starting early ensures that you’ll have plenty of time to go through the whole process calmly.
Set a Budget:
One of the main considerations you need to make when shopping for your wedding dress is your budget. You want to find a dress you love, but you also have to be realistic about what you can afford. It’s no use falling in love with a gown you can’t afford. Be clear about your budget with the bridal consultant right from the start, and she will help guide you to the dresses that fall within your price range.
Be Open to Different Styles:
It’s essential to be open-minded when it comes to wedding dress shopping. Don’t be too rigid or fixated on a preconceived style or design. Be open to exploring different gown shapes, styles, and fabrics. You’d be surprised how many brides end up with a style they weren’t initially interested in, yet ended up loving once they tried it on.
Bring the Right Undergarments:
For a wedding dress to look as it should, you need the right undergarments. These include the right bra, underwear, shapewear, and shoes. Wearing them for your dress fitting can make all the difference in how the dress fits and falls on your body. Try and wear or bring undergarments that would be similar to what you plan on wearing on your wedding day.
Trust Your Gut:
Throughout the whole wedding planning process, it’s essential to trust your intuition. The same goes for wedding dress shopping. If you put something on and it makes you feel amazing, that’s the dress you should go for. If you’re in doubt, step back and ask yourself if you feel confident and beautiful. If the answer is yes, then it’s a done deal.
Wedding dress shopping can be a daunting task, but by following these expert tips and tricks, it can become a pleasurable experience. A bridal consultant can guide and support you every step of the way, but it’s essential to be open-minded, honest, and follow your intuition. With the right approach, you’ll undoubtedly find the wedding dress of your dreams, and walk down the aisle looking magnificent.