Choosing Your Dream Wedding Dress

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Whether you’ve been dreaming of your wedding dress since you were five and know the exact specifications you want for it down to the last sequin, or you’ve never thought about it until your future spouse’s mother nagged, “You still haven’t gotten your gown,” we’ve got you covered on how to choose a wedding dress.

 

Finding your dream gown can be stressful. After all, you’ve likely never tried one on before, and it’s the most expensive garment many women will ever own, so it can feel like the pressure is definitely on while wedding dress shopping. It may also feel like there’s a whole new language to decode—tulle, A-line, fit-and-flare, organza, sheath, etc. Not to mention, more brides are doing multiple dresses—a more formal one for the ceremony and a party-centric one for the reception—which can make shopping even more stressful.

 

No matter your budget, personal style, or timeline, these wedding dress shopping tips are guaranteed to help you find the gown of your dreams.

Do Research to Find What You Like

Rip pages out of magazines, click through bridal boutiques online, explore on Pinterest, and check out what celebrity brides are wearing to compile a visual file of your favorite dresses. Then look for a connecting theme—are they all very embellished, lacy, or voluminous? Do they all have open backs? Find a couple commonalities of styles you like and bring your ideas to your first appointment.

Be Open

Bridal consultants will tell you that they constantly see women come in with a set idea of what they want for a gown, then try it on and don’t actually love it—and instead, fall for something completely different they’d never considered. Keep an open mind while wedding dress shopping. You may find your dream dress that you didn’t know would be your dream wedding dress.

 

 

Brace Yourself for Bridal Sizing

Bridal sizing means your wedding dress number will often be one to two sizes higher than what you wear in your regular clothes. Even if going bigger sounds horrifying, remember that no one will know the number but you and your consultant.

 

Shop True to Your Size

Even if you plan on losing weight before the big day, shop for wedding dresses in your current size rather than going smaller. It’s much easier to take a dress in than trying to work with one that’s way too snug.

 

 

Shop Early

 

Many gowns take four to eight months to be produced, and once it arrives, you still have to factor in more time for alterations and accessorizing.

 

 

But Not Too Early

 

If you’re having a long engagement and immediately start shopping for wedding dress, the one you end up buying might be out of style by the time your wedding comes around, or you might find one you like even better closer to the date.

 

 

Figure Out Your Budget

Yes, it’s uncomfortable to talk numbers, but it will save you from heartache later on. Before your first appointment, figure out who is paying for the wedding dress (your family, your partner, you?).

 

If someone else is paying, get the hard numbers on your limit, so you can stay within that budget or pay the difference yourself to get the dress you want.

 

 

Know Your Wedding Theme Beforehand

Before you start dress shopping, decide whether you want a casual garden-party-themed wedding or a formal, romantic affair. Always keep the venue and theme in mind as you browse gowns, because the last thing you want is for your dress to clash with your overall wedding style.

 

 

Plan Non-Obvious Costs Into the Budget

Say you plan to cap your fashion spending at $3,000—you actually shouldn’t buy a $3,000 gown. That’s because you need to factor in tailoring, accessories (your veil, jewelry, and shoes), and cleaning and preserving the wedding dress after the wedding if you want it as a keepsake.

 

Find a Great Bridal Salon

Do your homework before you start making appointments, since you don’t want to waste time at a shop that doesn’t carry dresses you like or has terrible customer service. Get referrals from married friends and check online reviews to find shops with solid reputations.

Closing Thoughts

Goddiva has a catalog of wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses. You can easily navigate through the website to find yourself the right outfit. So, contact us and get the right wedding fit for yourself.

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