Going through the wedding dress part of your engagement is perhaps one of the most exciting and fun parts of the whole process. You get to have afternoon mini-parties with your friends and family and explore all your wedding options throughout that time. However, it is that excitement that tends to fog up a bride’s judgment. That is why the following includes six mistakes a soon-to-be-married bride should avoid when shopping for a wedding dress.
No Wedding Date in Sight
Perhaps the most common question you’re likely to hear at a bridal shop is “When’s the wedding?” This is because it is important to know how long the shop has to provide you with options. If your wedding is in a week or two, your likely to have a limited amount of options at your disposal. But what if you don’t have a date just yet? In this case, it can be very difficult for your preferred shop to recommend a dress. This is because some fabrics and designs need to be ordered weeks or sometimes months in advance.
Waiting Until You’ve Achieved the “Perfect Body” to Shop
Understandably, brides want to look their very best during one of the most memorable nights in their lives. However, this is often used as an excuse to avoid shopping for a wedding dress. The logic behind it is that they want to choose a dress that fits their “perfect body.” However, this is a big mistake. Going this route will only put a lot of pressure on you to choose a wedding dress before the big day. Instead, it is recommended to choose a wedding dress early on. The good news is that you can always alter your dress if you do achieve your ideal body.
Going in With Too Much of an Open Mind
Yes, it’s a good thing that a bride goes into the shop with an open mind. However, going into a shop with an open mind is one thing; not having any idea of what you may want is another. So, what should a bride be looking for? The best recommendation is for a bride to look into their own closet for some ideas. This mainly includes looking at what they already like in terms of shapes and silhouettes. Taking time to do this can expedite the wedding dress shopping experience.
Bringing the Wrong People to the Bridal Shop
Although most brides want their closest friends and family to be apart of the process, it sometimes helps to remember that this is about you, and you don’t need any negative vibes when looking for your wedding dress. When brides bring a ton of people, they tend to be overwhelmed by all the opinions, especially from those who may be a little too judgmental. So, remember, this is your day, and you have a say of who goes and who doesn’t.
As a bride, you’re likely to see wedding dresses on hangers rather than a mannequin. This is because wedding dresses are often made in small batches, and shops don’t have extra inventory to place them on every mannequin they have. This, however, leads brides to window shop rather than actually stop and try them on. The fact is that a wedding dress is going to look very different on your body than it does on a hanger.
Not Having a Budget at the Ready
A wedding should be a day when you create beautiful memories with your family and soon-to-be spouse. What it should not be is the day you went way over budget and thus started off the marriage in debt. That is why every wedding expert recommends going in with a budget, from start to finish.
As you can see from the information above, there are quite a few obstacles that can cause stress during the wedding dress shopping experience. That is why it is important to utilize the tips listed above before your venture out for your own wedding dress.