The wedding dress – a bride’s first thought
“Oh my God, what will I wear on my wedding day? I need a dress!!!” was the first thought that popped up in my head right after my husband proposed. The wedding dress takes a special place in every bride’s heart. However, finding “the one” can be an overwhelming process. I’m here to walk you through it and make the search way more exciting.
Factors to consider when shopping for a wedding dress
- Matching the dress to the venue
Is this going to be an outdoor or indoor wedding? Will you choose an upscale hotel or the backyard of your mom’s house? Will the ceremony take place in a cathedral church or on the beach? I’m not saying that in order to start the hunt for a dress you need to have your venue booked. All you need is just a vague idea of what you are looking for.
- Dress cost
Wedding dress can be one of the most costly expenses of your wedding. Discuss the price you will be willing to spend with your significant other and stick to it. Don’t let a salesperson to trick you into buying something that is out of your budget. Remember you will need to also add alterations, veils, and wedding jewelery into this budget.
- Matching the dress silhouette to your body type
Are you short or tall? Do you have long legs or maybe a long torso? Do you have a straight-lined figure or maybe you have an apple or a pear shape? The dress should enhances your attributes and hide possible flaws of your figure.
- Dress Trials
Once you know the silhouette, try enough dresses till you feel like you’ve found two or three that stand out. Don’t try too many. Having too many options can totally overwhelm you. I personally tried 10 dresses when we went shopping for the first time, and I think that was already too much. After I left the salon, I felt like I still didn’t have a clue what I want.
- Your dress should agree with your personality.
Do you like to dress flashy or are you more subtle? Do you prefer cutting edge fashion, or a timeless classic feel? Are you more conservative, or do you want to show off your skin?
- Don’t buy anything on the spot.
Sales people might be aggressive and make you feel guilty if they don’t get their sale. Don’t fall for it. Take as many pictures as possible. Narrow down your choices to a few dresses and look at them again after a day or two. Believe me, there is nothing better than a fresh look when it comes to making such an important decision.
- Don’t bring too many people to the store with you.
Every one has a different taste and style, so too many opinions might unnecessarily confuse you. Most girls come to look at dresses with many girlfriends, but when it comes to actually buying it- they all do it with their mom or a best friend. Bring someone that you know will tell you the truth, but once you select your dress they will get behind it with you.
- Don’t wait with till the last moment with your search.
The dress you try on is just for display. The dresses don’t come directly out of the store. It could take up to 3 months for the store to receive your dress. And on top of that, it could take anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months for your seamstress to alter the dress for you. There may be multiple fittings, so include it in your schedule.
Let me know what you think in the comments.
I hope these tips have been helpful and save you a lot of stress in your dress shopping.