Wedding dress shopping can be overwhelming and frustrating– even if you know what you want. We see a lot of common mistakes that brides make when it comes to saying yes to the dress, so today we’re pulling from our archives to sharing the most common mistakes brides make when dress shopping!
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, or can recommend someone who does, 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 and a 10 foot long train *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. Just like a thin lace dress will be a bit chilly in December, or a heavy spanish silk dress is going to be quite the haul in hot August. Think through the style of your venue, the season you’re getting married in and what will be practical for the day.
Not Getting Your Dress Pressed
Typically wedding dress fabric is very delicate and will easily wrinkle and crease, so 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
We think you’re all perfect just the way you are, but if you do plan to drop pounds before the wedding, be aware.Make sure you stop dieting 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.
Wearing the Wrong Underwear!
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. The same goes for shoes– bring them along to your fittings so your dress can be hemmed at the right length.
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 the neckline of your dress 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. Think about your hair style when selecting earrings. You have to consider the big picture!