Finding a dream gown is an exciting experience, however, quite a stressful one. Not surprising! Bridal salons offer so many different dress options that it gets overwhelming to make the ultimate decision. From ball gowns to eye-catching trendy asymmetrics — the variety of styles is truly mind-blowing. Not to mention, you will have to choose from an array of fabrics and textures too. Confused and not sure where to start? Don't worry, we've compiled some valuable tips to guide you through the process and ensure you find the gown you've been dreaming of.
Do Your Research
First and foremost, learn about fabrics and silhouettes. This way, terms like A-line, fit-and-flare, and organza won’t scare you even a bit. Plus, it’ll be easier for you to convey what you are looking for. Try to understand what you like! Explore Pinterest for ideas, get inspired by celebrity brides, watch romantic movies, and check out specialized magazines. It’s also great to start a folder with pictures of dresses that appeal to you. Once you are ready to shop, take it with you. And remember: the dress is the reflection of the bride, so stay true to yourself.
Keep Your Venue and Theme in Mind
Will you be having a traditional wedding celebration or something more informal? That’s the question you should ask yourself before starting your dress shopping spree. For example, if you’re planning to exchange vows in a chapel, look for a church-appropriate gown. Avoid dresses that are too short or ones that look like they could be worn to a cocktail party. And what if you buy a ballgown with long trains but eventually decide on having a ceremony on the sandy beach? That would be awkward! So make sure to choose a dress that fits the occasion.
Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute
Start early. Typically, it takes about four months for a gown to be produced. Long enough, agree? But that is just half of the process. You should also consider additional alterations, which usually take another two months. So when is exactly the right moment to begin shopping? To avoid unnecessary stress, start searching for a gown six to nine months before the wedding. Trust us, you won't regret this decision!
When visiting the bridal salon, keep an open mind and listen to your consultant. They have years of experience behind their backs and know the deal. Don’t hesitate to try on dresses that might not seem like your style. Why? At times brides-to-be fall for gowns they’ve never even considered. Some dresses do not look very appealing on the hanger but might win you over once tried on. However, always put your feelings first! Never let yourself be talked into buying a dress you have doubts about. Finding a dream gown is not easy and takes time, so be patient and don’t give up.
Forget About the Numbers
One of the most important rules is focusing on the fit instead of the size. The thing is, bridal sizing runs small. Wedding dresses are often two sizes higher than your usual one. If you wear let's say size 8, you may need a 12. Even if you plan on slimming down before the wedding, shop true to your current measurements. Otherwise, there's a risk of being left with a dress that doesn't fit well. Either way, don’t be too harsh on yourself! Whatever the number, nobody at the wedding will know it but you.