10 Common Mistakes Brides Make When Dress Shopping


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Shopping Too Early

Your big day is around the corner but before you go dress shopping there are some things you need to take into consideration. These are the top 10 mistakes a bride should avoid when shopping for the perfect wedding gown. Hopefully, you will discovered some great tips to help make shopping for your wedding dress a success. 

Don’t bring too many people

Say Yes to the Dress expert Randy Fenoli’s number one rule is: “Don’t bring an entourage, bring the people who will be honest when you need them to, and still help you get the dress that you want.Since this is the most important dress you’ll wear, of course you want to make sure that everything about it perfectly describes you. But a lot of times brides bring too many people to their appointment and all the different opinions make it harder to make a decision. When you have 10 different opinions about what dress you should pick, your opinion (which is the most important!) could get lost.Many couples are opting for longer engagements these days, but don’t start shopping more than 12 months in advance.When it comes to shopping for your wedding dress, “the sooner the better” rule typically applies. It takes 4-6 months to order your dress in and your seamstress will want approximately 2-3 months for alterations. But sometimes brides come in more than a year before their wedding.  If you’re going to shop for your dress that far in advance you want to make sure that you are ready to purchase, because chances are it won’t take you very long to find “the one.”

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Trying on Too Many Dresses

It actually happens quite often, when brides have tried on dozens of dresses and still haven’t found “the one.” Trying on too many dresses is dangerous because they will start to blend together and nothing stands out. Not every bride cries when she finds her dress so it is perfectly normal to really love a dress but not cry. Trying on too many dresses leads to confusion, so when you find the dress you love and can picture yourself in on the big day, stop shopping!

Trying On Dresses You Can’t Afford

You walk into a bridal shop, you see an expensive dress on a mannequin that is way over your budget and you want to try it on just for fun. What’s the harm, right? Wrong! Unless you’re willing to stretch your budget to get the dress, don’t try on dresses over your budget! This is another one of Randy Fenoli’s rules of wedding dress shopping. Once you try on the more expensive dress, nothing will be able to compare to it. It’s a good idea to work out your dress budget before shopping so you know how much you can spend.

Don’t hate the dress while it’s still on the hanger

The dress you hate on the hanger, might actually look good on your body! Trust the experts, and keep an open mind when shopping for a wedding gown because you might miss out on the right one if you are too quick to judge a gown while it’s still on the hanger.

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Don’t shop for a wedding dress outside your budget 
 Yes, a girl deserves to dream big, but be realistic about what you can afford. If not, you are leading yourself down a road of frustration and heartache
Demanding the wrong size
Wedding gown sizes typically run one or two sizes smaller than street clothes, so try not to get hung up on the number. Do not fixate on the actual size but instead on how your measurements compare to the particular line on the specific designer’s size chart. Play it safe and order a size that fits your current body. Any dress can be taken in, typically up to four sizes without affecting the look of the dress, but most can only be let out one full size.You need to be realistic, in case you don’t lose your targeted weight.

Sticking with one style

Bringing in pictures of dresses you like is a good start, but if your consultant recommends something different, give it a try. It’s impossible to tell what a dress will look like on your body just from seeing it on a hanger. If a bride is fuller in the hip area, she might have a mind set that she can’t wear a fitted dress. However, what she may not know is that a more fitted dress would show off her curves, fit beautifully, and make her appear more slender as opposed to covering up.

Buying a dress you don’t love

The biggest mistake brides make is settling on a dress because someone influenced them to purchase it instead of going with her heart. This is why it’s so important to choose your shopping companions wisely. Many people that may accompany the bride will look at each gown and decide if it’s best for them—not for the bride whom they should be helping.If you find yourself liking a dress but also having doubts, or if you’re feeling pressured from a part of your entourage or a salesperson to make a purchase, it’s okay to go home empty-handed, sleep on it, and return at a later point if you’re still dreaming about the dress.

Don’t expose too much
If you are a well-endowed bride, try not to show too much cleavage, if you are confident with yourself, you can still get a gown that will make you feel classy and sexy on your special day without putting all your goodies on display.

There you have it!

Photo Credit: Yemi Kosibah
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