One of the most exciting times in any woman’s life is when she makes the decision to share her life with the man of her dreams. And what better way to make that official than with a wedding? And what better way to make that wedding day unforgettable than to wear a show-stopping wedding gown?
Being that there are literally hundreds of different styles of dresses to choose from when you’re in the process of wedding dress shopping, it’s easy to get frustrated. So, in order to make it easier on you, here’s a list of five things that you should avoid when picking out your dress. If you keep these things in mind, you’ll have the dress of your dreams at a price that you can afford.
DON’T start without a budget. You’re going to find yourself being very overwhelmed and potentially disappointed if you go wedding dress shopping without having a budget first. The reason why is because there are plenty of wedding dresses that are within your price range; however, there are also plenty of them that are not. If you’re not careful, you could end up falling in love with a dress that you can’t get due to the price or buying one that simply costs way too much money. Before anything else, have a budget in place.
DON’T shop online. Although there are some people who will disagree with this tip, here’s the reason why shopping online is not the best idea. Yes, there are lots of beautiful gowns on the internet. But when it comes to delivery times and also figuring out if which dress is the right fit, that’s what can make shopping online a taxing process. Plus, you don’t want to be weeks out from your wedding and you still don’t have a wedding dress. So, if you can help it, shop locally or take a road trip with a couple of girlfriends to a physical store in another city. You can try it on and take it home the same day, knowing that it fits you.
DON’T take a crowd of people with you. Speaking of bringing some people along with you, while it’s always a good idea to get a second or even third opinion of what kind of dress is best, what you don’t want to do is have a crowd of people present. The more people there are, the more opinions there will be and before long, you might find yourself trying to please them more than yourself. (And that’s never a good thing.)
DON’T forget about your fiancé. Say that while wedding dress shopping at a bridal store like Allure Bridals, you find a dress that you are quite happy with. Before making the purchase, here’s something else to consider: your fiancé. Contrary to popular opinion, the wedding day is not just about the bride. It’s also about the groom. So, as you’re figuring out what kind of dress you want, think about what will bring a smile to his face as well.
DON’T wait until the last minute. There are some people who are fortunate enough to be able to find their wedding dress 4-6 weeks before their wedding; however, they are the exception and not the rule. You don’t want to put yourself under the immense stress of waiting until the last minute to get your wedding dress. So, as soon as you and your fiancé lock down a wedding date and venue, make sure that getting your dress is one of the next things on your to-do list. For information on how to create a to-do list for your wedding, visit The Knot and put “ultimate wedding checklist” in the search field.