Keeping pace with trends is great, but not at the cost of hiding or covering up your personality. You need to be comfortable in what you are wearing and it needs to be YOU! What may seem as the perfect wedding dress on the runway or the wedding magazines, may not be perfect for you. And that's OK. So, be to sure to buy a dress that accentuates your natural beauty and your unique personality.
2. Set a Budget
A wedding dress can be as expensive as a house, or as pocket friendly as buying your monthly groceries. Don't waste time trying on tons of gowns out of your price range. You're better off focusing on dresses you can afford, so you can spend more time focusing on the details. With the added costs of alterations, taxes & shipping, the veil, shoes, lingerie and jewelry - the total price of the dress can add up quickly. So set a budget, and look for something that fits within it. And remember, budgeting is a critical part of wedding planning to ensure a dream wedding.
3. Start Shopping Early
While your wedding date may seem like it's eons away - especially for those that haven’t even set a date yet, it's a good idea to get an early start on wedding dress shopping. If you put dress shopping off for too long, your selection of dresses could be limited, or you might make a quick decision to buy a dress off the rack that you regret later. Can we say bridezilla? After being swept up in the excitement of the engagement, know that it takes six to eight months for custom dresses to be made and shipped.
4. Bring Your Accessories
When shopping for a wedding dress, there’s more to it than just showing up and popping bottles of champagne. Many bridal salons will have shoes and a slip for you to try on with your gown, but you should still come prepared. If you have an heirloom veil you plan on wearing - bring it. Also plan on wearing shoes the same height you plan on wearing, and don’t forget nude underwear and a strapless bra.
5. Think of the Season & Location
What time of the year are you getting married? Where do you plan on holding your ceremony? Considering the season and location during your wedding planning will help you pick the perfect fabric, cut, style, colors and every other detail. Choosing a ballroom style wedding gown with a long train may not be the best dress for a farm yard wedding. What you love may not work for the season for your wedding, so avoid settling on a dress until you have the location & date set. Be sure to visit Brides.com for more tips.