5 wedding dress tips

We’ve got you covered on how to choose a wedding dress, whether you’ve been dreaming about it since you were five and know exactly what you want it to look like down to the last sequin or you’ve never thought about it until your future spouse’s mother yelled, “You still haven’t gotten your gown.”

Finding the dress of your dreams can be stressful. Since a wedding dress is the most expensive item that many women will ever own and you have probably never tried one on, it can feel like there is a lot of pressure when shopping for one. Tulle, A-line, fit-and-flare, organza, sheath, and other terms may also feel like a new language to understand. Additionally, a growing number of brides are opting for multiple dresses, one more formal for the ceremony and one more party-oriented for the reception, making dress shopping even more stressful.

Do Research to Find What You Like

To make a visual record of your favorite dresses, tear pages out of magazines, browse bridal boutiques online, explore Pinterest, and look at what celebrity brides are wearing. The next step is to find a common thread—are they all lavishly adorned, lacy, or voluminous? Do they all have backs that open? Bring your ideas to your first appointment and find a few styles that you like.

Be Open

Bridal consultants will tell you that they frequently see women who come in with a predetermined idea of what they want for a gown, try it on, and then fall in love with something completely different they had never considered. When looking for a wedding dress, keep an open mind. You never know when you might stumble across your ideal dress.

Shop True to Your Size

Shop for dresses in your current size rather than going a size down, even if you intend to lose weight before the big day. Trying to work with a dress that is way too tight is much more difficult.

Pick Three Adjectives to Describe Your Dream Dress

Go into wedding dress shopping with a clear vision of how you want to look on the big day, whether you want to feel classic, vintage, and comfortable or romantic, glamorous, and beautiful. Dress options can be narrowed down by selecting three distinct words to describe your vibe.

Pick Your Silhouette

The shape of your ideal wedding gown is partly determined by your preferred fashion, the setting, the mood, and your body type. A simple sheath is best for tall, willowy brides, whereas a fit-and-flare is both contemporary and traditional, and it fits many different body types. Drama is added by a dramatic ball gown, but a petite frame can be overwhelmed by it. Like your favorite pencil skirt, mermaid styles emphasize curves.

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