Wedding Dress Shopping Made Easier: What You Should Know

30 January 2015
 Categories: Relationships & Family, Blog


When you get engaged, your excitement to start planning begins almost immediately. The central element that sets the tone for your entire wedding is your dress. Because of this, you feel a great deal of pressure to pick the right dress. Plus you have heard all about the "bridal moment" you will have when you try on the perfect dress and everything just falls into place. This pressure and need to find the right dress for your big day, can make wedding dress shopping difficult and daunting. However, there are some simple steps that you can take to make your wedding dress shopping experience easier and more fun. 

Look Through Your Closet

One of the best indicators of the right silhouette for your body type is to look at the dresses you already own. Think about any formal gowns or even prom dresses you have purchased. You put a great deal of thought into these purchases and chose the dress that was most flattering for your body. 

However, your body size and shape may have changed since the last time you purchased a formal gown. Because of this, you can also base your silhouette choices based on your body type. Curvy ladies can benefit from the curve-hugging mermaid or trumpet silhouette that flairs out at the bottom. An extremely slender bride, on the other hand, may want to look for an a-line or sheath dress. 

Set A Budget

Before you hit the store or even go out shopping for bridal magazines, set a strict budget for your wedding dress. To do this, you will need to decide how much money you plan to spend on your wedding as a whole. Your dress and the groom's tuxedo or suit should account for only about ten percent of this total budget. 

Once you have a maximum spending limit in mind, you can begin looking through bridal magazines for dresses that would fit your body and match your budget. Only then will you be able to take the final step and head to the bridal store. When you do so, be sure to go with a few other ladies who know your budget. They can help keep you on track so you do not get too swept up in the fun of the experience.

Do Not Be Afraid To Think Outside The Box

When you get the bridal store with a set style, color, and favorite dress in mind, you will likely have a bit of tunnel vision. You want to find a set of dresses to try on that meet all of your predetermined criteria. 

However, there may be a dress that falls outside of your criteria that catches your eye at the bridal store that you just cannot get out of your head. Rather than continuously try to talk yourself out of it, just go ahead and try it on. The worst that can happen is it doesn't fit or isn't right for you. The best that can happen is you found the surprisingly perfect dress for you. 

Now that you know the ways to make your wedding dress shopping experience go more smoothly, you are ready to get started finding the perfect dress for you. So, get to work and enjoy your wedding planning experience. See websites like to start getting an idea of what you like.