As part of my wedding planning series, I could not wait any longer to talk about one of the most beautiful (and probably most dreamed about) parts of the wedding for most brides… the dress.
Picking your wedding dress can be such a fun and exciting project. Especially if you were like me and always dreamed about the white dress you were going to get married in when you were a little girl.
It may take you forever to find the one you want, or, you may be like me (which I still can’t believe) and pick your dress on the first day! No matter which bride you end up being, I think it’s important to have a few ideas and things in mind when looking for and selecting your dress.
Hopefully the tips I share with you in this post will help!
Know your shape
While it’s easy to fall head over heels for a dress you saw on Pinterest, Instagram or in a movie… it’s important to think about whether you already have anything in your wardrobe in that style or shape? Using existing dresses in your closet as a starting point can help to define what shapes already look good on you, make you feel comfortable and flatters your figure.
If you love tight, form-fitting dresses, consider trying on similar ones during your dress shopping experience. If you feel the most beautiful and confident in a fit & flare- a classic A-Line or a ball-gown silhouette might be the one for you.
Consider your style
Think about what reflects you as a person, you and your future husband as a couple and also- the theme of your wedding. I thinks it’s beautiful when everything comes together.
If you’re a boho girl and choose a boho theme for your wedding venue and decor, you may want a simple, old-fashioned lace summer dress for your big day. If you’ve stuck to a classic theme including antique invites, gold accents and not too much bling- try on a simple, classic white gown to start and see what you want to add to make it unique!
Know your options & don’t worry to try something new
Just as there is a whole host of different styles of wedding dresses, there’s also a multitude of places from which to purchase them. Keep in mind, you can also rent a dress from some salons if that is what you want.
Visiting bridal boutiques is a must and I highly suggest doing that instead of buying a dress online or through a catalogue. Take your mom or best friends with you and have them pick a dress for you as well. You never know what they might pick- it may be completely different to what you had imagined but you may end up loving it!
Also, don’t settle on the first dress you like…. unless you ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT and can’t stop thinking about it. I say this from personal experience… (more on that later). I had the intention of visiting at least 2 or 3 different salons to find out what I like and I highly suggest that still.
If you’re not yet sure what designers and boutiques to try, heading to a wedding fair will help. You’ll find many boutiques and designers exhibiting, as well as often having the chance to see dresses modelled on the catwalks. Think of it as a place to do your research, so you can hone in on your own wedding dress style. You’ll soon be well equipped to find the boutique and designer for you.
Keep your budget in mind
It’s no secret that wedding dresses are often the most expensive item of clothing you’ll ever buy. That being said, the price range is still very varied, so make sure you begin each boutique visit by letting them know your budget. This way you’ll only try on dresses that you can afford to fall in love with. There’s nothing worse than finding ‘the one’ only to realise that you can’t keep it.
Don’t forget to factor in the cost of alterations, too. Some boutiques will add this to the cost of the dress already, whilst some may not. Make sure you are clear on what the total price will be.
Think about practicality
Keep in mind that although beautiful, your dress should also be somewhat practical… When it comes to it, yes- it may rain on your big day. It may be sunshine… you never know! It will be something you worry about throughout the wedding process but know that no matter what, you will enjoy it!
Just to be prepared though, make sure you have a way to hold your dress in case you need to walk passed puddles alongside an umbrella. I had a loop on the train of my dress so that I could hold up the excess fabric as I walked in case it rained. I only used it on my way to the church and the rest of the day I proudly had my super long train flowing loosely behind me as we were very lucky with the weather.
Think and plan for the day to be beautiful and sunny, but just in case- be prepared with little tricks up your sleeve!
Trust your judgment
Once you’ve found your dream wedding dress, you’ll know. Don’t rush the decision, take your time and don’t give in to pressure from other people, however well intentioned. If it feels right to you and makes you feel the very best version of yourself, your job is done. If you have time and want to think it over for a couple of days… then do! But if you absolutely feel it is THE ONE… go for it!
I hope all you brides-to-be out there find these tips useful when searching for your dress. I am going to post an entire blogpost on the story of how I picked my dress later this week so if you’re interested in that too- keep an eye out! ❤