Tips For Choosing Your Wedding Dress

The guidelines below can help you select the wedding gown of your dreams, regardless of your style or budget.

Alice Mary Topno

Whether you've been dreaming about your wedding gown since you were five years old and know exactly what you want down to the last sequin, or you've never given it a consideration. Finding your ideal gown might be a difficult task. After all, you've probably never tried one on before, and it's the most costly garment most women will ever buy, so the pressure might be intense when it comes to wedding dress shopping. These wedding dress shopping recommendations are guaranteed to help you locate the gown of your dreams, regardless of your budget, personal style, or timeframe.

1. Location


Knowing where and when your wedding will take place will help you narrow down your search. Will you be having a beach wedding throughout the day? Ball gowns with enormous trains and extravagant decorations are out. Getting married in a candlelit cathedral? Avoid wearing short slip dresses or anything that appears to be appropriate for a cocktail party. The majority of textiles are excellent for all seasons; however, velvet and brocade are best reserved for the winter.

2. Start Early

Start Early

Start planning your wedding six to nine months in advance. A manufacturer typically takes four months to construct a dress and another two months to complete the adjustments. Gowns with a lot of detail will take longer. Are you short on time? Many stores will accommodate rush orders for an additional price, but your options will be limited. They may also have a sample sale section where you may buy samples off the shelf.

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3. Set a Budget

Set a Budget

Determine your budget and inform the salesperson before she begins bringing out gowns. That way, you won't fall in love with a gown you can't afford. A wedding ensemble, which includes the veil, undergarments, and any other accessories, often costs 10% to 15% of the whole wedding budget.

4. Do Your Research


It's not every day that you come across terminology like basque waist or Watteau train, or that you have to choose between three distinct shades of white. Learn about materials, silhouettes, and the terminology by poring over bridal magazines, books, and online shops so you can better communicate what you're searching for. Make a folder with photos of dresses or features that you like and carry it with you when you go shopping.

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5. Find a Dress for Less

Dress for Less

You don't have to spend a lot of money to find the ideal gown. Many stylists host huge sales once or twice a year to clear away "gently worn" or discontinued samples, in addition to having sale racks. Call businesses, check to designers' websites, and sign up for email lists to find out when these are. Register for trunk shows, when designers show off new collections.

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