We recently had a conversation with a local wedding photographer about the importance of the bride choosing the right wedding dress, not only for the photos, but also for her comfort and confidence for the entire day. So in an effort to help you along your dress journey, here are the biggest mistakes we see when it comes to wedding gowns!
Not Getting Fitted
This is mistake numero uno. What’s the point in spending thousands (or even hundreds) of dollars on a wedding dress if it doesn’t fit you right? Getting your dress altered and fitted will not only make your dress look like it was made for you, but it will also help you stay comfortable on your wedding day. Don’t be the bride constantly pulling up her strapless wedding gown, or worse, flashing all your guests because you’re dress won’t stay up! Most bridal shops offer this service and I think you’ll find it’s not as expensive as you think…and it will definitely pay off!
Wrong Dress for the Right Venue
If you’re getting married at a ranch in the middle of nowhere then a gigantic princess dress with lace sleeves might not be the best option for tromping around fields and barns. Or if you’re saying “I do” at a posh hotel downtown, a short casual dress with cowboy boots will probably look out of place. Think through the style of your venue and what will be practical for the day. You should also consider the season!
Not Getting your Dress Pressed
Typically wedding dress fabric is very delicate and will easily wrinkle and crease, be sure to either get your dress pressed, or at the least, put it in a bathroom next to a steaming shower to get wrinkles out the night before the wedding. You’d be surprised what will show up in pictures!
Losing too much Weight
Without even meaning to, you will probably lose some weight before your wedding, but the dieting has to stop after your last fitting. We’ve heard too many horror stories about brides dropping 5-10 lbs the weeks before the big day and then picking their dress up for the wedding only to find it’s way too big. Try to keep up your normal eating habits and you should be fine.
Whether you need Spanx to smooth things out or a strapless push-up bra for support (or both!), having the right undergarments is key to getting your bridal look just right. You should also wear them to your fittings so your seamstress can fit you in them.
Over or Under Accessorizing
Choosing the right accessories, veil and shoes will make your look feel finished and complete (the icing on the cake, if you will). For jewelry, try to find pieces that will flatter your neckline, skin tone and any embellishments on your dress (i.e. pearls, lace, bows, etc). When you choose your veil or headpiece, choose something that will enhance the beauty of your dress, not distract from it. You should also think about practicalities, can you remove it easily for the reception and can you walk with it on?!
Photos by Megan Robinson Photography.