One of the most important tasks on your wedding planning to-do list is wedding dress shopping. It can certainly be very overwhelming, but try not to panic! We are here to help you learn everything you need to know before buying a wedding dress.
While you’re doing research, you’re going to hear a lot of advice from so many different outlets. However, this advice can make you think that finding a wedding dress is more complicated than it actually is.
Don’t worry, we’re going to guide you through the entire process of buying a wedding dress!
10 Essential Tips for Buying a Wedding Dress
Here are our 10 tips for buying a wedding dress and making the process as simple as it can possibly be!
#1: Every bride is different.
Every bride is going to have a different experience while buying a wedding dress. This will be true even if you go to the same bridal shop! Your wedding dress shopping experience will be different from your best friend’s, your mom’s, and your sister’s.
Some brides may have to shop at multiple bridal shops before finding their perfect dress, while others will find their dream dress at their first appointment. If you fall into the latter category, don’t let anyone make you feel like you need to keep shopping! You should stop looking once you find “the one.” Your journey is your own — don’t forget that!
#2: Don’t spend too much time on Pinterest.
Pinterest is great for finding wedding dress inspiration before you start to shop. But, it’s really only good to get a general idea of things that you like and do not like. If you start to get too specific, you may end up overwhelmed and confused.
Don’t let Pinterest get a specific dress in your head. That dress could be discontinued, not available near you, or out of your budget. Use Pinterest as more of a general guide for what you like and do not like. Your bridal stylist can use the inspiration to help you find the perfect dress!
#3: Keep your budget in mind.
Before buying a wedding dress — or even booking your first appointment — you should have some sort of budget in mind.
Plus, keep in mind that there will be other costs after you say yes to the dress. There will be alterations, accessories, shoes, and maybe more! Factor those into your overall outfit budget so that you don’t end up shocked at the final price tag.
Do you have a tight budget? You might want to consider trunk shows or sample sales. These events are a good way to find your dream dress at an affordable price!
#4: Do some research.
While you don’t want to overdo the research, it’s important to at least do some before you start shopping. Otherwise, you risk going into your bridal appointment having no idea what you want. This includes taking your venue and theme of your wedding into account. This can include Pinterest, Facebook groups, and more. This can help you figure out what silhouette you like and what dress details you’re drawn to!
#5: Start shopping in plenty of time.
You don’t want to wait too long to start wedding dress shopping. The entire process can take up to nine months! That includes four to six months for your dress to come in after ordering it, and about three months for alterations.
You don’t want to stress yourself out by waiting too long to start the process. Otherwise, you’ll risk having to buy your dress off the rack or you’ll incur rush shipping fees.
Choose a day where the most important people can all attend!
#6: Don’t put off saying yes to the dress.
Remember: the goal of wedding dress shopping is to find your wedding dress. A lot of brides get nervous to say yes to the dress, even when they absolutely love the dress. We get it — it’s an important decision!
However, this might end up with you leaving without a dress and feeling disappointed. You might regret not saying yes to the dress! If you truly feel like you’ve found your perfect dress, and nothing else that you put on is comparing, say yes. It’s okay to say yes to the dress during your first appointment!
#7: Don’t bring too many people with you.
Do your best to only bring the people who are most important to you as you go wedding dress shopping. It can be tempting to bring all of your friends and family, but having too many opinions can be overwhelming and can keep you from buying the dress that you love.
Keep the entourage minimal — stick to people like your mom, best friend, or sister. We really suggest sticking to no more than three people!
Besides, it’s so much fun to surprise everyone with the dress that you chose on your wedding day!