Your big day is quickly approaching, so it’s time to start searching for the perfect gown! If you are new to the world of weddings, there are a few secret tips that can help you when shopping for your dream dress. In this article, we will explore 5 things every bride should know before she starts wedding dress shopping.
#1: Be Aware of Bridal Sizing
Trying on clothing can be a scary process, especially if you are in the midst of your fitness or wellness journey. We have all experienced changes in our bodies over the past two years due to the pandemic, so be gentle with yourself. Remember that bridal sizing is often 2 to 4 times bigger than your normal clothing size, so don’t let this skew your confidence! Trust your consultant when it comes to finding the right fit, they know what they are doing. It is also important to leave some extra room for necessary undergarments such as padding, shapewear, or anything else you’d like to add.
#2: Discuss Your Budget Early On
It’s important to discuss your budget early on in the dress shopping process. Talking about money can be an uncomfortable conversation, but establishing your budget before your appointment will help you avoid disappointment down the road. If you get attached to a certain gown that you end up not being able to afford, this can put a damper on your dress shopping experience.
Decide who will be paying for your dress prior to the appointment as well. Whether it be your family, partner, partner’s family, or on your own! You can also add your dress to your registry and ask friends and wedding attendants to pitch in.
#3: Decide On Your Wedding Theme
Planning your wedding theme prior to your dress appointment will help you and your consultant be more successful in finding a style that will suit the event. For example, if you are having a beach wedding in the summer, this will require a much different style than a winter wedding in the mountains.
#4: Be Open to Accessorizing
Be open to accessorizing! If you need to stay on the lower side in terms of budget, you can dress your look up with some jewelry, shoes, and headpieces. This is also a great way to add a special touch of your own style to the look and customize the outfit. Fun pieces can be found for affordable prices at thrift stores and second-hand shops. Complete the look with extra accessories!
#5: Go Dress Shopping On a Weekday
Going wedding dress shopping on a weekday is a pro tip many bridal consultants recommend. Oftentimes, brides will have family members and friends attend the appointment, so weekends are a popular time to book so that everyone can join in on the fun. However, this makes bridal shops very hectic and crowded, which can also lead to certain styles being out of stock. Choose an appointment that falls on a weekday for the best experience possible, you deserve it!