Your wedding dress – the dress of all dresses, the one that will be captured forever in pictures, film, and everyone’s memories (especially your husband’s). Selecting the perfect dress, therefore, is no easy feat. Here are our tips for shopping for that dream dress.
Set Your Budget
Yes, we know how exciting it is to go wedding dress shopping, but set your budget first. You’ll only end up falling in love at first sight with a dress and quickly be disappointed if you try on a gown that’s out of your price range. So set your numbers straight beforehand to help narrow down your options without any heartbreak.
It is advisable to start your dress shopping eight to ten months before the wedding. This gives you enough time for alterations or additional beadwork.
Do Your Research
Before making an appointment at a bridal shop, look at bridal magazines and websites to get an idea of the style, shape and cut of the wedding dress you want. Do you have a particular designer in mind? Do you want the overall feel to be contemporary, vintage or romantic? Bring photographs with you so the consultant can better assist you.
Shop with a Selected Bunch from Your Entourage
Invite no more than three people – perhaps your best friend, sister and your mom. If you bring too many people, everyone will end up having an opinion, making it more difficult for you to make a decision. Choosing your dress should not be about fulfilling someone else’s vision. It’s yours, so follow your instincts.
Be Conscious of the Dress Design and Your Wedding’s Dress Code
Be sure the silhouette is flattering. Camouflage the more challenging areas and flaunt your assets. And if you’re choosing a dress that will expose your neck and décolletage, be sure to take extra care of your skin until your wedding day. Load up on moisturisers and sunscreen so you can proudly show off healthy, glowing skin on your big day. Consider your wedding theme and setting. Dress accordingly for a beach or garden wedding. No bride wants to be look and feel out of place at her own wedding.
Keep An Open Mind
You might already have your mind set on a particular style, but when shopping, enjoy the experience and try on as many dresses as you can. You might be surprised how amazing you look in a design, style or cut that you wouldn’t normally go for.
In the end, remember it’s your big day and you need to feel comfortable and look gorgeous in the dress you pick.