I’m in absolute love with my wedding dress! It’s the gown I always imagined… but not what I imagined I would ever choose. So how do you choose the perfect wedding dress? There are so many options, so many stores, prices… not to mention the gowns I saw on Pinterest that I thought were THE ONE. They weren’t. So how in the world do you find the perfect wedding dress without trying on a hundred? Here’s how find the perfect wedding dress, easily.
1. DO Know Your Top 2 Dress Silhouetts
Searching for your gown should be fun and stress free. It’s easy to get online and see these beautiful gowns and dresses that you LOVE. But be aware of which dress types compliment your figure. You can search ‘Dress Silhouetts For __ Body Type’ but the best way is to look in your closet. Without realizing it, you have probably already found a few Dress cuts that perfectly compliment your figure. That way when you arrive to the shop, you can narrow down your selection pretty quickly. My best fit was the A line, with a sweetheart neckline.
Still Stuck?: If you don’t know, tell the sales associate you need help finding a dress type. They have done this a million times and probably know your best fit.
2. DO Try On Something Different
When you are explaining to the sales associate what you are looking for, mention which types you like, but mention that you would like to try something different too. You may be surprised! I sure was. I was dead set, I mean SET on a Cinderella BIG ball gown.
Remember: You don’t have to veer too far from what you like. For example, try a dress with the same top, but different type of skirt.
3. Do NOT Feel Pressured By Anyone
Whether your Mother, Sister, best friend, or even the sales associate is suggesting a certain dress, remember that it is your day. The sales gal will probably try to get you to ring a bell and buy the dress right there, your mom may begin crying when you try one on that you don’t love… just follow your heart and tell them if it doesn’t make you feel special.
Best Tip: Make sure to take photos and sleep on it for a night… maybe even two… before you make your final purchase. Take a photo of the tag to remember the dress, also to check it’s price at other shops.
4. DON’T Decide Before You Go
Pinterest can be your wedding BFF, and also your worst enemy. So often I see gals picking one dress type, searching for it endlessly, and then stuck at ground zero because it wasn’t the best dress for them. I had fallen in LOVE with this form fitting Maggie Sottero gown I saw on Pinterest. I searched for it everywhere, and was left heart broken. The first gown that I thought was THE ONE, didn’t compliment my figure. It was such a let down to start this way. I wasted huge deal of time and the specialty shop only had a couple other dresses to try on. I was back at square one and bummed beyond belief.
Instead: Bring lots of dress images you like, know your dress types like I said earlier, and choose a store with a variety of dresses to try. The bigger the store the better. I really recommend Davids Bridal for your first appointment because they have SO many different types of gowns. Their Vera White collection is to die for too.
5. Do NOT Focus On Changeable Details
Stay focused on the skirt and the top shape of the dress; not the straps, not sleeves, or the bling. Imagine it like those house shopping shows when a someone says they don’t like the house because of the paint colors and wallpaper. Those can ALL be changed. It is inexpensive to add a strap, a cap sleeve, add a belt, etc. My biggest mistake was to look for a dress completely jewled out and there weren’t many. I decided to add a blinged out belt, thin straps, and a thinner slip to get the look I wanted. It MAYBE costed me $125 to do so. Your alterations department can completely change the look of your gown with just a few additions.
6. Let Your Personality Shine!
The number one way to find your perfect gown is to find one that shouts, “This Dress is Me!” Do you love to stand out? Don’t be shy to rock a different look down the aisle. Love your legs? Try a high low gown or a shorter one. Prefer to stay subtle? Go for simple elegance. Love pink? Blush tone gowns are in! The type of dress an evening gown?- Change the time of the wedding! Who cares.
When you walk down that aisle to the one you love, you want to feel your best and that is what matters. Regardless of what gown your crew would like, if you love it, they will say, “Oh that is so her!” That is what I did. My shoes aren’t even white.
So what dress did I pick? 🙂
Here is a sneak peak. Until the wedding, you will have to wait to see the rest.