5 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Wedding Dress


Finding the perfect wedding dress can be both an exciting and intimidating task. With several options, it is natural for brides to feel overwhelmed, especially if they have no clue where to begin. If you’re on the search for your dream wedding dress, here are five tips to help make the process smooth and stress-free. 

Do your research

As with any endeavor, conducting proper research is essential. Browse through inspiration resources such as social media, bridal magazines, books, and third-party online platforms, and assemble a visual collection of your preferred wedding dresses. Check if there’s a common theme or similarities with your dress choices so you can easily convey your desired wedding look to the bridal stylist. Look for a bridal shop that carries your favorite designer dresses or offers similar styles. 

Set a budget

A wedding gown is probably one of the most significant clothing investments you need to make in your lifetime. Before setting a bridal gown appointment, set a figure that you can realistically afford. If you’re not the one paying, make sure to ask for the limit so you can stay within the spending threshold. Remember to factor in all ensemble items such as jewelry, veil, headpiece, accessories, and other related expenses. Inform the bridal consultant of your budget beforehand and remind them not to bring any piece over the amount you’re willing to spend to save you from the disappointment of not being able to afford your dream dress. 

Start shopping early

Unless you have a long engagement, it is advisable to start dress shopping early. It typically takes six to eight months for a bridal dress to be produced and probably longer for elaborate pieces. Resizing and alterations also take considerable time, so start the wedding dress process early. While some bridal stores offer rush orders for an additional fee, your choices might be limited, and the fast turnaround time can influence the quality of your bridal gown. 

Keep an open mind

Since our bodies come in various sizes and shapes, what looks great on a bride model may not be flattering on you. Even if you have envisioned yourself walking down the aisle in a luxurious ball gown, a Jovani corset wedding dress might be able to best highlight your figure. While having an idea of your preferred style is ideal, keep an open mind when you go dress shopping. Allow bridal consultants to encourage you to try on something that may be out of your comfort zone. However, never feel pressured to purchase a dress you’re not fully happy with. 

Consider the location

Your wedding location will play an essential role in your decision-making process. Will you be having an indoor church or outdoor beach ceremony? Check your venue’s layout and bridal dress guidelines before you start dress shopping. Make sure to consider the fabrics, as not all are suitable for all climates. If you prefer a destination bridal store, make it a point to book early as most popular shops tend to get fully booked, especially during the weekends. 

Once you find your dream dress, stop searching, as looking at other bridal gowns might cause you to feel doubtful and unhappy with your purchase. Focus on other wedding aspects and remember to enjoy your big day. 

Written by Megan Taylor
Megan is a beauty expert who is passionate about all things makeup and glam! Her love for makeup has brought her to become a beauty pro at Glamour Garden Cosmetics.