Choosing your wedding dress – part one

Choosing your wedding dress is one of the biggest things you will do in the lead up to your wedding. It’s exciting and perhaps even a little bit scary! How do you even know where to start? Well, I’m going to share my top tips with you!

  • DO be open minded! I can’t even begin to count the number of times a bride-to-be goes in to a salon, explains exactly what they want and then when they try it on it looks awful!
  • DO NOT try on a dress that is over your budget. Explain to the consultant and the people you have taken with you what your budget is and that they should not pull any dresses over that. It is heart breaking seeing a bride-to-be fall in love with a dress and then finding out that they can’t afford it.
  • DO visit different salons and try on different things. If you fall in love with the first dress in the first salon and decide that’s your dress – that’s totally fine, but sometimes it’s worth trying on others just to make sure you didn’t just get carried away with the moment.
  • DO NOT take too many people with you to the salons. It can definitely be a case of too many cooks spoiling the wedding dress broth when everyone has strong opinions about the subject. I would suggest taking a few select, close friends or family and leave it at that.
  • DO wear the shoes that you are going to be wearing on the day – or at least ones of a similar height. If you find your dress, this will help the store to order it in the correct length. At fittings you absolutely MUST have your wedding shoes in order that the dress is altered to the correct length!
  • DO NOT lose heart! Sometimes it can be soul destroying trying on gown after gorgeous gown and not finding “the one”. Admittedly not everyone has “that moment” or cries, but if you aren’t sure, then it’s not your gown. Make an appointment at another salon, or even to go back to the same one, but don’t get frustrated. It is almost certainly the most amount of money you will ever spend on clothing in your life so you want to get it right.
  • DO take along any accessories or items (such as a veil) that you already have. You would be surprised at the tiny differences in colour and the effect and mismatch this can have so it’s better to have them with you when trying on.
  • DO NOT forget to enjoy yourself! Yes it’s a serious matter, but make sure you enjoy it the experience!
  • DO make sure you choose a dress that can be ordered in by the time of your wedding – most salons will recommend 9 months to order and alter, but if you have a shorter time, you may have to consider a sample or display dress.

Anyone else got any great tips for choosing your wedding dress? Share them in the comments below – I’d love to read them!

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