5 Things to Keep in Mind When Purchasing a Wedding Dress

Stick to Your Budget

Set your budget before you ever step foot in a bridal shop. The general rule is to plan on spending about 10 percent of your overall wedding budget on your gown, but really that’s just a starting point. If your dress is more important than, say, music or flowers, increase your dress budget and decrease in those other areas. Once you’ve decided on the maximum amount you’re able to spend, stick with it!


Dresses Look Different on the Hanger

What looks great on the hanger might not look great on you –  also, what looks very understated and simple on the hanger might look fairly plain but actually suit you. A lot of brides leave with something completely different than what they had in mind when they walked in a boutique. Bringing in pictures of dresses you like is a good start, but if your consultant recommends something different, give it a try. It’s impossible to tell what a dress will look like on your body just from seeing it on a hanger.


Do Your Research

Definitely do a good bit of online looking before you shop, but be careful of the fairytale world Pinterest depicts. Luxury wedding dresses often feature styles that are more unique and can allow you to stand out as a bride. You can make more of a statement by investing in an upscale gown that has unique materials and also looks more luxe and regal. You can be more selective with the type of gown that you purchase and even make a few requests if there are any modifications that you want to be made. As a bride, you also won’t have to worry about wearing the same style of dress as one of your girlfriends.


Test the Comfort of the Gowns

A concern if the dress is too tight, too loose and you’ll spend your entire wedding yanking up your dress. It’s so unflattering and will likely be caught in video and pics. And it’s just not a fun way to spend your wedding night. There’s a reason they tell you not to lose any weight (or gain) after that final fitting. If you can’t keep your dress up when you zip up to go down the aisle, it’s too late to do anything about it.


Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

While you may have one silhouette in mind, it’s best to try on a few different styles during your first appointment. You could think you’ll love a ballgown style but may find a new love for a more fitted style dress once you try it on. Pay close attention to how it fits your body and your favorite features. Some dress shapes accentuate certain body types better than others. Ask your consultant on the best options for you to ensure you’ll love the fit.  Also, you want to make sure your dress silhouette fits your wedding venue and theme.




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