Before You Shop For Your Wedding Dress

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One of the biggest decisions you will face as the big day approaches is choosing the perfect wedding dress. The process of shopping for a wedding dress can be a fabulous adventure, but it can also be stressful and overwhelming–particularly because a bride-to-be often starts shopping for her gown before many other details are determined.

 You might have had a clear mental picture of the perfect wedding dress ever since you were five years old. On the other hand, you may have no idea what you are going to wear or feel strange about the idea of wearing white. The important thing is to relax, and remember that there are as many different kinds of dresses out there as there are different kinds of brides.

 When to Start Shopping for Your Wedding Dress Give yourself ample time to plan- generally the rule of thumb is that you need to order your gown at least six months before your wedding. So you should ideally start shopping for your gown nine months or more before your wedding. (If you don’t have this much time, it’s okay, just budget for some rush charges).

Plan Ahead Take a few minutes to think about what you want. It will be helpful when you enter the maze of wedding dresses out there to know what your budget is, any details that are essential (i.e. I must have a full skirt, or my arms must be covered), and an idea of how traditional you want your dress to be. After all, if really a teal pantsuit would work best for you, it’s probably not worth your time to sort through racks of flouncy white gowns.

Be Comfortable! On your wedding day, you’ll want to look great, but you’ll also want to be comfortable- it will be hard to dance and laugh (not to mention posing for all those pictures) if you’re tugging your dress up or have boning jutting into your ribs.

 First- consider which wedding dress is most appropriate to your day – for example, consider a shorter tea-length or cocktail length dress for a beach wedding. If you’re the type who likes to dance with her hands in the air, and anticipates doing the limbo, perhaps a strapless dress is not the one for you. Look for wedding dresses with removable sleeves or straps to give you the widest range of options.

 A Dress that Fits Your Body Well Think about your body type and what kinds of dresses generally look good on you. Take a look at what you regularly wear that makes you feel confident and beautiful, and then look for a wedding dress with similar lines. If a friend is making your wedding dress, ensure that you have agreed on a fitting schedule and chances to make adjustments. If you’re looking for a bargain at a sample sale, or discount outlet, you should budget money for taking the dress to a good tailor. Many designers will ask for three fittings, and will closely tailor your wedding dress to fit you.

 Saving Money on Your Wedding Dress If money is an issue, remember that the most expensive kind of dress is not necessarily the best kind. Many brides find a bridesmaids dress in white or off-white that works perfectly, and is hundreds of dollars cheaper. There are thousands of dresses to be had at sample sales, thrift stores, and ebay. Consider taking pictures from magazines to a friend who sews or seamstress and getting a price quote. If you choose to make your own dress, don’t delay. The sooner you finish it, the sooner you’ll be able to attend to the many other details of your wedding.

 Most of all, remember this is your wedding day. Wear whatever makes you comfortable and feels like you. And have fun shopping for your wedding dress. It should be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

87 thoughts on “Before You Shop For Your Wedding Dress

  1. if we plan ahead well be most prepared n comfy! great info!

  2. hey this is very good u know the dress is the wedding centrepiece!

  3. comfort first and foremost

  4. very important points to consider

  5. Your hairstyle, along with your accessories, will complete your bridal look

  6. consider the time of year you are getting married

  7. keep your theme in mind when you shop

  8. what about the neckline —> Sweetheart? Strapless? Halter?

  9. Which dress is right for your body type?

  10. so you can determine what you’re really looking for in a wedding dress

  11. take your time and research popular gown styles

  12. thanks for sharing the additional tips beethankful

  13. before you decide on the gown, remember that there will be cost for headpiece and also for alteration

  14. Take only a few of your close friends

  15. it can also be a stressing situation too

  16. by itself it is quite an adventure

  17. this is one of the biggest decision you have to make for your BIG day

  18. be careful not to take too many persons to the fitting…it will make it harder for you to choose.

  19. don’t judge a dress on the rack until you try it on.

  20. look at the different styles…..and choose whichever one fits/goes with your body type

  21. wear what you feel comfortable in.

  22. provided that I can find one that I love

  23. I think I will rent a dress instead of buying one

  24. I agree the most important thing is what you are comfortable in

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