We’ve all seen that “perfect wedding dress” moment in the movies. You know the one we’re talking about: The bride-to-be is at a wedding dress shop, looks in the mirror, and knows that the dress she has on is the one she wants.
In reality, you might try on 25 dresses, decide that you hate all of them. Then you go back the next week and pick one out that you’ve already tried on. You might choose the first wedding gown you tried on. Anything is possible when you’re shopping for the dress—the one you’ve been dreaming about since you were five years old and put a napkin on your head pretending it was a veil.
Shopping for your wedding dress can feel a little overwhelming. You’ve probably never tried on a wedding dress before, or had a room full of people making comments on everything you try on. Not to mention, you’ve never heard all of the wedding dress terminology before.
When you’re ready to shop for a wedding dress, check out our wedding dress shopping tips to help you find that dress of your dreams.
Whether your budget is $8,000 or $80,000, knowing the limits of what you can spend is crucial when shopping for a wedding dress. Of course, many dresses that are drastically out of your budget are going to look fantastic, so it’s best to not risk falling in love with something you can’t afford. Only try on dresses within your budget, and no one will get hurt.
It’s a good idea to do a bit of research online or go through a few bridal magazines ahead of your wedding dress shopping appointment.
The most common bridal gown silhouettes you’re going to see will be:
You may have always pegged yourself as a bride who would want something over-the-top and dazzling. Something that was a real show stopper. But when you walk into that dress fitting appointment, you may find yourself swooning over a simple sheath gown that fits you like a glove.
Be open minded when you go shopping for a wedding dress. You never know what you’re going to like until you try a few of them on, and you might end up choosing a dress you hadn’t considered.
Everyone wants to look her best on her wedding day, but you should also be comfortable. You’re going to be running nonstop all day long talking to relatives, making sure things are running smoothly, dancing your little heart out, and smooching with your brand new spouse. You don’t want to be tugging at your dress, sucking in, or feeling like you have to check to make sure your bra isn’t showing. Pick a dress that’s beautiful and that moves with you.
You may not have that enlightened moment when you cry your eyes out and hug everyone in the store because you’ve found your perfect wedding dress. You know what looks good on you and what you envision wearing when you are walking down the aisle. Your mom may have an opinion, your sister might love you in the first dress you tried on, but go with your instincts. You know which wedding gown you really love.