wedding dress shopping 101 - tips for finding the perfect dress - Bride in her wedding dress surrounded by her bridesmaids.

Finding the perfect wedding dress is one of the most exciting parts of a wedding for a bride. Trying on the dress you’ll be wearing on your wedding day builds the excitement you feel leading up to the big day. However, as exciting as finding the perfect wedding dress is, it can be equally frustrating when you’ve tried on dozens of dresses and nothing seems quite right. To make your wedding dress shopping experience more enjoyable, we’re sharing our top tips on how to find the perfect wedding dress.   

Remain Open-Minded

After working with brides on a daily basis, bridal consultants swear by this rule. Oftentimes, wedding dresses look completely different on an actual person than they do when hanging on a rack. We remember a bride who was dead set against wearing an antique lace wedding dress, but once she tried it on, she never wanted to take it off!  

Don’t Get Hung Up On Size

Bridal-wear sizes often run much smaller than ready-to-wear clothes, so if you are normally a size 6, your wedding dress might be a size 10. The worst mistake that you can make is to buy a wedding dress that is too small and try to force yourself into it. You certainly don’t want to split a seam at the altar or on the dance floor. It’s important for you to purchase the correct size to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions. After all, seamstresses can easily take a wedding dress in, but it is much more difficult to let a dress out.

Dress Fittings

If you have finally found the perfect wedding dress, then you have achieved a huge milestone in your wedding planning journey. However, it’s far from over because you will most likely need two to three fittings to customize your wedding dress to fit you perfectly. Ideally, your first fitting appointment will occur two to four months before your wedding. We recommend having your shoes, undergarments, and accessories ready at this time. 

How does the wedding dress feel? Are the straps staying put? If your wedding dress is strapless, is it able to hold up well on its own, or is it falling down? See what adjustments need to be made, and go in for another fitting if needed. Your final fitting should be one to two weeks before your wedding and be sure to bring a friend to help you into your gown.

Go Over Your Contract

You will need to put down a deposit so that you can order your wedding dress, but before you place your deposit you will have to sign a contract with your bridal consultant. Read through this contract thoroughly to see if the dress can be shipped out of state, what the cancellation policy is, and the fee for alterations. It’s important to make sure that you are clear on the specifications of your wedding dress so that there are no surprises later on.

Enjoy Your Dream Wedding Dress

Finding the perfect wedding dress can take time, but if you follow these tips you’ll have more options, will enjoy the journey more, and will be completely thrilled when you get to walk down the aisle in the wedding dress of your dreams. 

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