How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress

Finding your dream gown for your big day can be stressful. For many brides, this dress is the most expensive piece of clothing they will ever own and maybe even the most important. No pressure, right?

You’re the star of your show on your wedding day, so it’s important to choose a dress you love and feel amazing in. That’s why we put together these tips on finding The One.

Do your research
When you start looking at wedding dresses, you may come across terms you’re not familiar with, and you’re likely to hear bridal consultants use the same words. So, before you go shopping, figure out what style of dress you like best, whether that’s a sheath, A-line, or fit-and-flare. Once you know the style you like—and what it’s called in the wedding gown world—you will better be able to describe your dream dress to consultants when you start shopping.

Keep an open mind
Chances are you have at least one friend who wanted a sleek sheath dress and ended up with something completely different. That doesn’t mean she was tricked! Sometimes brides go into a shop thinking they know what they want and then trying on and loving a gown they never expected. Be open to any suggestions the bridal consultant has. Who knows? You might stumble upon your dream dress.

Prepare to see a bigger number
Bridal sizes run small, which means your gown’s number will likely be one to two sizes higher than what you normally wear. Don’t stress! No one has to know the size of your dress, and it’s just a number. All that matters is that you feel beautiful!

Don’t buy a smaller dress
Even if you plan on slimming down before the big day, go for a dress in your size, not one that’s smaller. If your gown turns out to be too larger, it can easily be tailored down to fit, but a too-small gown just has to be replaced.

Start shopping early
A wedding dress should never be a last-minute purchase. Between fittings and alterations, you may not actually have your gown in hand until four to six months after you purchased it. The sooner you can start shopping around, the better.

Know your budget
Before you even walk into a bridal boutique, know how much you’re willing to spend and be clear with the consultant about your budget. It can be heartbreaking to fall in love with a dress that’s way out of your price range.

Find the right bridal shop
While you’re researching wedding dresses, be sure to look into local bridal shops as well. Read reviews and browse the available styles. The last thing you want is to drag your family and friends wedding dress shopping, only to find that the boutique you’ve chosen doesn’t have anything you want. And speaking of your crew…

Choose who you bring carefully
Shopping for your wedding gown can be a super fun experience with your bridesmaids, sisters, and mom, but a huge crowd of people will have wildly different opinions. Instead of bringing along everyone, pick two or three people whose opinions you absolutely trust—and who you know will help you find the right dress.

Stay true to what you want
When you’re trying on multiple gowns in front of your friends, it can be easy to be persuaded into something that you don’t love. You’ll know the right dress when you put it on, so stick to your guns and find the gown you can’t wait to walk down the aisle in!

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