5 Tips When Shopping for Your Wedding Dress

Wedding dress shopping.  Fun? Stressful? Anxiety-inducing? All of the above? 

Whether you're a fan of shopping or not, when it comes to choosing your wedding dress, there's always a little bit more anxiety.  You want the dress to look perfect, to showcase your personality, your style, and most importantly to knock your partner off their feet when they see you the first time walking down the aisle.  

Here are a couple of tips for you to keep in mind when you start shopping for a wedding dress:

Try on your dress.  You may try on one or you may try on two dozen but it's important to try on your dress before buying it. You may love the current style of the season and think that's the one for you, but our bodies come in all shapes and sizes.  Sometimes what we think may look good on us, doesn’t and something we swear won’t look good on us, looks amazing.  

Try on dresses in different styles.  You may have dreamt of walking down a mermaid style dress but then on a whim you tried a princess style and fell in love.  You never know what you will fall in love with so be open to trying on dresses in different styles.

Try colors other than white. I’m not necessarily saying you need to wear a blue wedding dress (although that would definitely make a statement) but not all wedding dresses need to be white.  Depending on your skin tone, trying a dress in ivory, champagne, or even champagne pink may be worth trying on.  You want the dress that will best accentuate your features, not one that will wash you out for the sake of tradition. 

Take a video. If your dress has a train and needs to be bustled, take a video of the store's attendant bustling you up. Trust me, it’ll be hard to remember how to bustle on your wedding day.  Save everyone the hassle of trying to remember and just show them the video.

Order early.  Most dresses are made to order, which means it can take up to 9-12 months from ordering to actually receiving your dress, not to mention time needed for fitting and tailoring.  Unless you’re getting a ready-to-wear dress, plan ahead!

If you have any questions about planning your wedding or shopping for your wedding dress, feel free to contact me.