It all began over a month ago. I was given that special ring which meant I could get that special dress. I had no idea what kind of dress I wanted. Friends told me, "Oh when you put it on you will just know," but I didn't have any kind of epiphany moment. There were lots of really nice dresses that I felt beautiful in and I found it so hard to decide on just one! So, unless you're like Kim Kardashian and you can afford to wear three Vera Wang dresses on your wedding day, here are my tips for deciding on one perfect dress!
Dress for your body shape. This can be tricky as we see dresses on long legged, perfect models. Don't be fooled - what looks good on the model won't necessarily do you any favours. See Best style for your shape on our website to find out which style will best suit your shape.
Make sure the dress matches the theme of your wedding. Although you may love the flowing dress that could be worn with bare feet on the beach, don't get it if your wedding is in the city. It may be a beautiful dress, but it will look out of place if it isn't where it should be.
The brides below have matched their dress and theme perfectly!
Don't let sales assistants push you into buying a dress that you're not 100% sold on. Many will tell you that you need to make a decision immediately to allow enough shipping time. While this is true, a couple days later should not significantly impact on the final arrival time. Give yourself some time to think away from the pressure.
Try on as many different styles as you can. The style that I thought I wanted is actually completely different to the style that I decided on. A dress can also be very different from its picture - sometimes better, sometimes worse, so make sure you try it on.
If you're shopping on a Saturday then bridal shops can be very crowded. Try to block out comments from other shoppers - trust me they will feel the need to comment. I was drowning in a particularly boisterous dress shop when another shopper commented to me, "A wedding is like a Halloween dress-up party. It's the one night of the year that you can dress like a crazy, so you may as well go for it." Thanks stranger, but I don't really like comparing my wedding to a Halloween party!
Accept that there will be other dresses. I was hesitant to actually buy a dress because I was so worried that I would see another one and like it better. The problem is there will always be other dresses. Weeks later, months later, even after your wedding, there will be beautiful dresses.
I did eventually decide on just one dress, but I think if money wasn't an issue I would definitely be wearing more than one dress! Have you considered wearing two dresses on your wedding day? Do you have any tips of your own? Share them with us!! Drop by our facebook page or comment here on the blog.
Have fun on your dress shopping adventures!