Are you ready to start shopping for your bridal gown? Here are some pro tips to help you make the most of your dress shopping experience.
Are you engaged to be married? Congratulations! This is an exciting time in your life and you have so much to look forward to. Finding the perfect wedding dress is certainly one of the highlights of planning for your big day. Here are a few tips for successful wedding gown shopping:
Consider your Figure, Size, and Preferred Styles
One of the most fun parts about dress shopping is the “window” shopping that you can do before you even set foot in a store to try on your first dress. If you haven’t already done so, set yourself up with a Pinterest board specifically dedicated to your dress shopping and start to browse and pin all of the dresses that you love. Browse other people’s content and find new content from around the internet to start to hone in on the look that appeals to you the most. What silhouettes are you attracted to? What parts of your own figure would you like to accentuate? Visit our Pinterest page to help you get started: https://www.pinterest.com/seconddance/
Book an appointment
We want to give you our undivided attention to help you find exactly the perfect dress. However, if you arrive at our bridal boutique or any bridal shop unannounced, you run the risk of not receiving the attention that you’ll need to make the right selection. Please remember to plan your visit and book your appointment in advance.
Set your Budget
As you look forward to starting a life together with your partner, being able to set and stick to a budget isn’t just important for your wedding, it’s a life skill that will play an important role in your marriage. Keeping your budget in mind will set you up for dress shopping success. Set a budget and stick to it. Don’t try on dresses that are beyond your means. When you set a realistic budget, you relieve the stress and emotional burden that can befall soon-to-be brides when they become attached to a dress that’s out of their price range.
However, there’s something important to consider when setting your wedding dress budget. If you plan to consign your dress after the wedding day, you have essentially increased your dress shopping budget. Think about it. When you shop at Second Dance and choose from our consigned dresses, then plan to consign the dress back after your big day, you’ll essentially be receiving a rebate towards the purchase of the dress. Your budget might be bigger than you think!
Consider your Wedding Venue and Theme
What will the feeling of your overall wedding be? A wedding at the beach calls for a different kind of dress than one taking place in a ballroom.
Give Yourself Time
This is true in two different senses. First of all, give yourself lots of time for the actual shopping visit. Finding the perfect dress can take time and you might try on dozens of dresses. This is a natural part of the process. Make sure that you prepare yourself mentally for the process to avoid feeling emotionally drained by your shopping experience.
Also, last minute dress shopping creates all kinds of stress that you don’t need. Give yourself lots of time to shop for your dress well before the wedding, especially since you will likely also want to have have the dress altered.
Who do You Want to Bring with You?
If you have one or two people who are close to you like your mother, sister, or best friend, that can be a wonderful support for you as you make your big decision. However, bringing too big of an entourage can be overwhelming for a bride. Too many varying opinions can often exhaust a bride and leave her emotionally drained. Consider very carefully who you want to bring with you.
Wear Appropriate Undergarments
The foundation pieces that you wear underneath your dress can make a big difference in the appearance of the dresses when you try them on. While you might have to purchase special lingerie between the time of dress shopping and the wedding day, wearing white or nude undergarments definitely helps the fitting process. Some brides bring along several bras so that they can really get a sense of how the dress will look.
Consider your Hair and Makeup
Wear enough makeup, but not too much. If you plan to wear some makeup on the day of the wedding, it’s helpful to wear some makeup to the fitting to help you to feel your prettiest. However, you don’t want to overdo it. Also, if you anticipate that you’ll want to wear your hair in an up-do for the wedding, consider putting your hair up for your shopping trip and wear a button down shirt or dress so that it’s easy to get in and out of your clothing.
Bring your accessories
If you’ve already picked out any other accessories like shoes, jewellery, or a veil, please bring them along. It will definitely help you to try these with the dresses that you try on.
Keep an Open Mind
Even though you might have picked out “the perfect dress” on social media or in a magazine, you might find that the dress is not available or doesn’t suit you as much as you thought it would. Keep an open mind. Sometimes dresses that don’t look as appealing on the rack are sensational when you try them on. In a certain sense, the right dress is trying to find you as much as you want to find it. Stay open minded and be ready to try on anything, just to “give it a whirl.”
Wedding dress shopping can be exciting and fun. Just remember that when you take these steps and plan ahead, you’ll give yourself the best chance of success. The right wedding dress is out there just waiting for you to find it!