Top 10 Wedding Dress Shopping Mistakes

There are many common mistakes brides make when they come wedding dress shopping – often because they are underprepared or unwilling to think beyond the ideal vision that they have in their head. But wedding dress shopping needn’t be stressful, or fruitless, or time-consuming. Here are our top 10 mistakes that brides make when shopping for a wedding dress – try to avoid these and you should be fine!

1. Not knowing their budget

Unless you really do have an unlimited amount to spend, you should have an idea of what you can afford. Obviously your budget will go a lot further if you choose to shop for discount wedding dresses, from a factory outlet or discount designer store, but you still need to know what your limit is.

2. Not considering extra costs

When you budget for your outfit, you need to remember that you will be wearing more than just a dress! You need to consider your shoes, underwear, a veil if you will be wearing one, any jewellery you don’t already own (I’m guessing most of us didn’t have a tiara before we got married!), and even your hair and make up should be included.

3. Bringing too many people

You should definitely bring someone. Many people bring their mum and a sister or a close friend. Whoever you choose, they should be people you trust to give an honest opinion but also not try to influence you to choose a dress they like rather than the one you like! Any more than two people and you’re going to end up with too many different viewpoints, which can get confusing for you. Besides, you want your wedding dress to be a surprise for as many people as possible on the big day!

4. Getting all made up to come wedding dress shopping

Okay, so wedding dress shopping feels more special than normal shopping, but there really is no need to get all dressed up for us! You should make sure that you are wearing a well-fitting bra if you are likely to need extra support under your wedding dress, but apart from that, casual is fine. In fact, we would prefer you didn’t wear any make up that could get smudged off on to the dresses.

5. Shopping too early (or too late!)

Shopping too late is less of a concern for shopping at wedding dress factory outlets, for example, as these dresses don’t need to be made from scratch for you, but you should still aim to leave enough time for any alterations. As for shopping too early, you really need to at least have the wedding date booked, and preferably the venue, as both of these decisions will influence what style of dress you choose. Also, if you aren’t ready to make the purchase, you could fall in love with a dress that isn’t available when you have the money ready.

6. Not having done a bit of research before

It’s all very well having an open mind as to what style of dress you want, but you should have some idea about what you like. Knowing your venue will help (beach weddings have a very different dress code to church weddings!), but take the time to look at some pictures and see what appeals to you. Perhaps you prefer plainer dresses to the more detailed ones, or a detachable train to a built in one. If you have no idea where to start, it can be a bit bewildering to look at all the wedding dresses on the rails!

7. Only trying one style on

Conversely, being adamant you will only try on white strapless ballgowns, may mean you miss out on a dress that would suit you more, as well as restricting your choice somewhat.

8. Trying to buy a smaller size saying “I’ll lose weight before the wedding”

It’s so easy to say, but not as easy to achieve, and while we’re not saying that you won’t lose weight before your big day, it is worth remembering that most dresses can be taken in by as many as four sizes without affecting the style. Letting a dress out is much more difficult, and if it is possible, you will only be able to let it out by one size. So choose a dress that fits now, and have it taken in when you lose that weight!

9. Forgetting they have to spend a whole day in the dress

This sounds obvious, but many people will try a dress on and decide to buy it without even trying to sit down in it. The wedding dress is for more than just the ceremony, so think about how comfortable it will be to wear while sitting down, eating and even dancing in. This is particularly important with corset style bodices that can be restricting, and fishtail dresses, which if too closely fitted can stop you being able to sit down at all!

10. Buying a dress you don’t love

This is YOUR dress. It should be the dress that you keep comparing all other dresses to (I still do this 4 years after my wedding, and so far, I still love my wedding dress more than any other!). Choosing a dress because it made your mother well up, or just because it has a coloured trim that will match the bridesmaid’s dresses is really not advisable. You aren’t planning to do this more than once, so make sure to buy the wedding dress of your dreams.

Find a Stunning Wedding Dress For Your Special Day

Every bride wants to wear a fabulous wedding gown on her special day. This makes sense as the wedding dress always is the the focus of attention when the bride walks down the aisle. There are several considerations you need to take into account when selecting your dress. Below are some tips that will help you get the right wedding gown.

Start searching for your dress early. Generally speaking, it is a good idea to shop for your dream gown immediately after get engaged. Bridal dresses come in a wide range of designs and colors in the market. With so many options available, finding a stunning gown for your wedding ceremony takes time and effort.

Choose a wedding dress style that compliments your figure. Bridal gowns are crafted in a variety of styles to celebrate different body shapes. Figure out which style looks perfect on you before rushing to bridal stores. You can receive this kind of information through the internet. Or just go to local bridal shops and try on different wedding gowns to see which style is the most flattering to your body type. It is suggested that you shop wedding dress with your friends or family members. Ask them what they think about the dress you desire. This helps you get a wonderful gown.

Consider if you want to choose an off-the-rack wedding dress or a custom made style. If you are a bride who want a unique wedding dress, it is a great idea to have your gown customized. For brides who just want dresses that look great on them, choose from the pre-made styles and they will find dresses they want.

Find the best price for the bridal gown you desire. Wedding dresses can be costly. If you are a bride who is on a tight budget, bear in mind to keep an eye out for sales. Online stores are great places where you can get the best deal.

Keep the tips above in mind and you will find the perfect gown to make your big day memorable.

Shopping for Your Wedding Dress

Before you decide on where you are going to buy your wedding dress just know that the dress is almost the most important part of your wedding day. Also think of all of those photo shoots you will be doing so you want the perfect dress. The dress can make the difference in having fun or just an awful time. So when choosing a bridal shop make sure that they are a full service shop which means they can do alterations and help you in any possible way concerning your wedding dress. Since most likely you have never shopped for a wedding dress before I have put together a list of questions you should ask the bridal shop.

1. How long have they been in the wedding business?

2. Are they buying directly from the manufacturer?

3. Do they have any special discounts if they do the alterations?

4. Can you get the alterations done at the shop and how much is the alterations?

5. Who will be doing the alteration of the dress and how long have they been doing this?

6. How long will the alterations take?

7. Do they charge bustling and pressing charges?

8. How long in advance do you have to order your dress?

9. What days and hours are the shop open?

10. Ask about discounts if you order your bridesmaid dresses from this shop?

11. Do they carry any other merchandise besides dresses?

12. Will you receive any discounts if you purchase any of there other merchandise?

13. How will you have to pay for the dress and how much in advance?

14. Can you call them any time and ask any questions?

15. How many employees do they have and how long have they worked at the shop?

Although the price of the wedding dress can be a big factor you should also take into account the customer service aspect of the business. If you order from a shop that has the lowest prices but lack in customer service ultimately you will not be satisfied at all.