Shopping for a wedding dress can be like a dream come true for many women. There are seemingly endless options to choose from in stunning styles and designs. While wedding dress shopping can and should be fun, it can also become a stressful situation if not planned and handled properly. Try to avoid these 5 major mistakes when shopping for your wedding dress so that you can enjoy the entire experience.
- Do not bring your entire entourage with you to the bridal gown shop. As tempting as it may be to bring every friend, sorority sister, cousin, and aunt, it is really a recipe for disaster. When too many people are present, it can lead to a chaotic environment. Everyone will have a very distinct opinion about the dress you should buy, and so it will be difficult to please everyone, if you are able to please anyone at all. You need to get the dress that makes you happy–not your aunt or mother. It is best to keep the atmosphere calm by only inviting a select few people whose opinions you value and who you know ill support you no matter what you choose.
- Another common mistake to avoid when shopping for a wedding gown is buying your dress too early. If you and your fiance have decided to enjoy a long 2-year engagement, it may not be appropriate to buy your dress the week after you've gotten engaged. So much can happen in even a year, and your tastes may change with time, and you may come across other dresses that you actually like much more. Don't put yourself in a situation where you will feel stuck with a dress you bought over a year ago because you “had to have it”. Instead, be patient. The same dress you fell in love with will likely still be there later on, or a similar dress will be available.
- Avoid buying a themed dress. Simply buying a dress because it fits into your wedding's theme could be a problem. It may deter you from buying a simpler, classic dress that fits and feels better. When buying a dress, think about how you will feel in 20 years looking back on that gown. Will you be disappointed that you got a poufy ball gown to fit your theme instead of a timeless, elegant, sleek dress? If so, worry about the theme when it comes to decor, favors, and colors and not when it comes to your dress.
- You get what you pay for. Don't skimp out on costs when it comes to your dress. Buying a cheap, inexpensive dress may help you to cut back on spending, but it will give you a dress of low quality. While you don't need to go overboard either, you should take the time and save money to buy an elegant, well-made dress that will ensure you look fantastic on your big day. Be conscious about your budget, while also looking for high-end fabrics that will last.
- Understand store policies. Before leaving with a dress, you need to make sure that you understand a store's return or exchange policy. Also make sure you understand any policies regarding alterations so that you are not unpleasantly surprised later on.
Keeping these tips in mind will help you to ensure that your wedding dress shopping experience is mistake free and enjoyable.
Be sure to only take your closest friends and family members on the shopping trip, don't buy a dress too early, stay away from themed gowns, purchase a quality gown such as winnie couture, and always check return policies for the best bridal shopping experience possible.