Top 10 Wedding Dress Shopping Mistakes

There are many common mistakes brides make when they come wedding dress shopping – often because they are underprepared or unwilling to think beyond the ideal vision that they have in their head. But wedding dress shopping needn’t be stressful, or fruitless, or time-consuming. Here are our top 10 mistakes that brides make when shopping for a wedding dress – try to avoid these and you should be fine!

1. Not knowing their budget

Unless you really do have an unlimited amount to spend, you should have an idea of what you can afford. Obviously your budget will go a lot further if you choose to shop for discount wedding dresses, from a factory outlet or discount designer store, but you still need to know what your limit is.

2. Not considering extra costs

When you budget for your outfit, you need to remember that you will be wearing more than just a dress! You need to consider your shoes, underwear, a veil if you will be wearing one, any jewellery you don’t already own (I’m guessing most of us didn’t have a tiara before we got married!), and even your hair and make up should be included.

3. Bringing too many people

You should definitely bring someone. Many people bring their mum and a sister or a close friend. Whoever you choose, they should be people you trust to give an honest opinion but also not try to influence you to choose a dress they like rather than the one you like! Any more than two people and you’re going to end up with too many different viewpoints, which can get confusing for you. Besides, you want your wedding dress to be a surprise for as many people as possible on the big day!

4. Getting all made up to come wedding dress shopping

Okay, so wedding dress shopping feels more special than normal shopping, but there really is no need to get all dressed up for us! You should make sure that you are wearing a well-fitting bra if you are likely to need extra support under your wedding dress, but apart from that, casual is fine. In fact, we would prefer you didn’t wear any make up that could get smudged off on to the dresses.

5. Shopping too early (or too late!)

Shopping too late is less of a concern for shopping at wedding dress factory outlets, for example, as these dresses don’t need to be made from scratch for you, but you should still aim to leave enough time for any alterations. As for shopping too early, you really need to at least have the wedding date booked, and preferably the venue, as both of these decisions will influence what style of dress you choose. Also, if you aren’t ready to make the purchase, you could fall in love with a dress that isn’t available when you have the money ready.

6. Not having done a bit of research before

It’s all very well having an open mind as to what style of dress you want, but you should have some idea about what you like. Knowing your venue will help (beach weddings have a very different dress code to church weddings!), but take the time to look at some pictures and see what appeals to you. Perhaps you prefer plainer dresses to the more detailed ones, or a detachable train to a built in one. If you have no idea where to start, it can be a bit bewildering to look at all the wedding dresses on the rails!

7. Only trying one style on

Conversely, being adamant you will only try on white strapless ballgowns, may mean you miss out on a dress that would suit you more, as well as restricting your choice somewhat.

8. Trying to buy a smaller size saying “I’ll lose weight before the wedding”

It’s so easy to say, but not as easy to achieve, and while we’re not saying that you won’t lose weight before your big day, it is worth remembering that most dresses can be taken in by as many as four sizes without affecting the style. Letting a dress out is much more difficult, and if it is possible, you will only be able to let it out by one size. So choose a dress that fits now, and have it taken in when you lose that weight!

9. Forgetting they have to spend a whole day in the dress

This sounds obvious, but many people will try a dress on and decide to buy it without even trying to sit down in it. The wedding dress is for more than just the ceremony, so think about how comfortable it will be to wear while sitting down, eating and even dancing in. This is particularly important with corset style bodices that can be restricting, and fishtail dresses, which if too closely fitted can stop you being able to sit down at all!

10. Buying a dress you don’t love

This is YOUR dress. It should be the dress that you keep comparing all other dresses to (I still do this 4 years after my wedding, and so far, I still love my wedding dress more than any other!). Choosing a dress because it made your mother well up, or just because it has a coloured trim that will match the bridesmaid’s dresses is really not advisable. You aren’t planning to do this more than once, so make sure to buy the wedding dress of your dreams.

A How To Guide for Wedding Dress Shopping

The Dress, The Dress, The Dress!! This is the single most important thing that every woman has been dreaming since she was a little girl. She tried on her mother’s wedding dress and pretended to be getting married, or would wear the dress and pretend to walk down the aisle.

The dress is a crucial part to setting the scene for the BIG day. The dress determines how the bride will feel as she walks down the aisle. The dress determines her glow, as all eyes are on her as she walks to meet her husband at the alter.

When wedding dress shopping, remember not to bring a big crowd. Although you want all your girls, you dad, your groom, your family and most importantly your mom, there to help, most of the times it is nicer and easier to have just one or two people. Most people bring their mom, their sister(s) and maybe their maid-of-honor or mother-in-law. I think it will be easier to choose a dress and make the right decision to make you happy for your wedding day.

Now when you are trying to choose a style of dress, it’s best to do some research before heading to the salon. There are so many styles of dresses to choose from: A-line, trumpet, mermaid, ballgown, sheath, drop-waist and more. You have to know you body type in order to know which dresses will look most flattering on you. If you aren’t sure come with a few ideas and try them on. Eliminate the styles you don’t love or that don’t flatter you, and continue on with the styles that do. Once you find the style that flatters all you curves and makes you feel comfortable and BEAUTIFUL, now you have to choose the dress!

Here is the harder part. With the style in mind, you can try on dresses, in that style, with different accents. Whether lace, jewels, frill, ruffles or a combination of these are you fancy, you will be able to find the dress that you have been dreaming of since you were a little girl! Once you have the dress, you can continue to plan your wedding. This is the dress that you will be wearing as you walk down the aisle and proclaim your love in front of all you friends and family. It’s not what we think but the way that your groom looks at you. You can see the sparkle in his eyes and the idea that he can’t wait to spend the rest of his life with you. Best of luck dress shopping, I know you will love drop-dead gorgeous on your wedding day!!

Tips for Finding an Affordable Wedding Dress Online

If you have gotten engaged recently then I am sure you have given thought on your wedding dress. Bridal gowns come in so many styles, price ranges, and even colors to adorn the perfect bride. The excitement of your upcoming nuptials can be overwhelming. I was overwhelmed with everything, even what to wear on that day.

For some brides, purchasing a wedding gown can be overwhelming as well. The average cost of a wedding dress in the United States is between $900 and $1,100. Depending your budget, you will either buy a dress in the lower or higher price range. I didn’t have a lot of money when I was planning my wedding. In fact, I had no money. My parents didn’t help with any wedding costs. It was up to my future husband and I to plan a beautiful wedding on a budget.

As I shopped, I was overwhelmed with the prices. My first shopping experience was wonderful, yet intimidating. It was nothing like the wedding shows I watched every Sunday. I shopped by myself, picked out a few dresses, and then practically ran out of the bridal shop. I couldn’t spare $3,000 for the dresses I picked out. Empty handed, I set out on a larger bridal retail chain. The prices were better, but the sales people were like used car salesmen. I was pressured to buy on the spot. Thank goodness I didn’t.

After those shopping experiences, I began searching online. I knew that eBay sold wedding dresses. I decided to give eBay a try. To my surprise I found a brand new, designer wedding dress for $150. The dress was originally worth $900. The designer sold the dress to a bridal boutique willing to accept flawed dresses. That bridal boutique sold the dress on eBay.The only problem with the dress was the barely noticeable misaligned beading.

I was lucky to find such an elegant dress for that price, but any bride to be can find great deals online as well. It is important to find out your correct size before purchasing online. Wedding dress sizes are drastically different from your regular size. I am a size 14 misses, but my wedding dress size is 14 women’s. To find out your correct size, measure your busts, waist, and hips. You can find charts online to find out your wedding dress size from your measurements. Once you know your size, start shopping on eBay and Amazon.com. There, you will find wedding dresses in all price ranges. I actually found them to be more inexpensive than visiting a wedding shop in person.