Shopping for your wedding dress

Choosing your wedding dress is one of the first steps in your wedding planning experience. We know this can be a little stressful, here are some top tips on shopping for your wedding dress.

Set a budget 

Try not to look at dresses that are out of your price range, or you will go over budget! Don’t waste time trying on a bunch of gowns out of your range. You’re better off zeroing in on your realistic price point so you can spend more time editing down the amazing options you can actually buy.

Start Early 

Start your search as soon as you get engaged! You really need at least eight months to get your gown—and that’s if you’re really decisive!! Almost any dress can look gorgeous on a hanger (or it can look terrible), resist snap

Give yourself plenty of time, if you put it off for too long, your selection of dresses could be limited or you might make a quick decision you may regret later. Once you’ve found your dress, give yourself at least eight weeks to make alterations.

Figure out what you like

Take cues from your venue, the season and the time of day you’re getting married to help narrow down your style of dress. There are several different dress styles that are available. Wear a dress which makes you feel confident! It’s not always about matching up the “perfect” style for your body but instead about what you feel good in.


Call in advance

Just because a shop carries your favourite designer doesn’t mean it’ll have the exact dress you’ve been dying to try on. If you phone beforehand and request a specific style, chances are the salon will be able to call in a sample of that gown especially for you.

Shop at the right time

Take half a day off, unless the store is by appointment only, try to target those slower times. A calm store means a more personalised shopping experience. If you’re shopping a sample sale, do yourself a favour and skip the first day. Call ahead to ask how many days the sale will run, then go a little later.Elizabeth-Messina-bride-trying-on-wedding-dresses

Buy a dress that fits now

Even if you’re planning on dropping 15 pounds before your wedding, your body type isn’t going to completely change. Besides, it’s a lot easier (not to mention less expensive) to take a gown in than to try and make a too-small dress work.

Bring your accessories

While most bridal stores will have shoes and a slip on hand for you to try on with your gown, you should still come prepared with a nude bra and underwear for the fittings. Also bring shoes with a similar height as what you plan on wearing at the wedding, so you can see how the dress falls with your heels.

Trust your instincts

If you have to be reassured that the dress looks great on you, let me honest, it’s probably not “the one.” If you can’t see yourself walking down the aisle in it, move on. When you find the right dress, you’ll know—you won’t want to put on anything else. Have some tissues handy; it will be an emotional moment!


Lauren xx


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