Once you decide on your groom, there may be no other wedding-related decision as important as choosing The Dress. After all, you’ll be wearing it in photos that will likely be displayed in your home for the rest of your lives. Your wedding dress has to be perfect in every way. It has to fit your style, your wedding theme, and perfectly flatter your shape. Before you start shopping at boutiques to find The One, read our tips below, and keep them in mind as you search for the perfect wedding dress.
Do Lots of Research
Thanks to social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram, you can search wedding gown styles, shapes, colors, and details for hours before you even step foot in a retail store. Do your research ahead of time and decide what type of style, material, color, and accents matter most to you. Once you do arrive in a boutique, the choices can seem overwhelming, so narrowing down options in your mind before you even begin to try on gowns will save you time and effort.
Consider the Season and Theme
You may have always envisioned yourself walking down the aisle wearing a dress with a three-foot train and lace sleeves that stretch to your wrists. However, if you and your S.O. have decided to get married on the New Jersey Shore in August when temps can peak at 85 degrees, you’re going to have to rethink your vision. Make sure you are choosing a dress that is appropriate for the season, venue, and your overall wedding theme.
Determine the Silhouette that will Best Fit Your Frame
Trends come and go, but you have a figure that is 100 percent you. Whether you are tall with long, lean legs, or petite and curvy, start by determining which dress shape will best accentuate your natural beauty. Got beautiful, sculpted shoulders? Consider a strapless gown. Got that perfect hourglass figure? Consider a hip-hugging, mermaid-style dress. All-around petite? Consider a flowing, Grecian gown to elongate your form. If you need help determining which style suits you best, talk to a wedding dress expert at a boutique near you.
Stick to Your Budget
Before you start searching for a dress, you should have already created your wedding budget, which should include line items for all your major expenses (e.g., venue, caterer, dress…). Make sure to stick to your budget when choosing your dress. You will certainly find plenty of beautiful gowns outside of your price range, but you are just as likely to find beautiful gowns within your price range. When budgeting, don’t forget to include the price of the veil, shoes, and other accessories in the total cost you have estimated.
Bring Key Accessories with You When You Shop
If you already know that your “something old” will be your mother’s veil, or that your “something blue” will be your grandmother’s sapphire necklace, bring it along with you when you try on dresses. That way, you can be sure the full picture will come together just as you envision.
Take Your Squad Along
Most women are their own harshest critics. Bring your bridesmaids, mom, sisters, or anyone else who knows just how to pump you up as you search for dresses. As you are trying on gowns, your closest friends and family members can help you determine which will be best suited for the big day, and which makes you look the most fab!
Keep an Open Mind
Don’t be afraid to change your mind as you begin trying on gowns. You may have always envisioned walking down the aisle in an A-Line princess gown with rhinestones and beading, but then may unexpectedly fall in love with a crepe-chiffon toga gown that is silky and elegant and makes you feel like a princess. Keep an open mind while shopping. In the end, when you find the one, you’ll know. Listen to your inner stylista, and you’ll be sure to make the perfect selection.