Choosing your wedding dress is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. You will be heavily photographed and the center of attention, so you want to look and feel your best. Some brides rush into their dress appointments unprepared and often leave with the wrong dress or none at all. Read on to learn five mistakes to avoid when you are picking your wedding dress.
1. Expecting Dresses to Look the Same On Every Body
Very few people look like a mannequin, which means the dress will look different on you than it does on display. Your shape and size also mean that embellishments may hit you differently than expected. Keep this in mind so you don’t get discouraged while shopping.
2. Bringing Too Many People Shopping
Of course you want to bring your family and friends to help you make this super important decision, but try to edit the list as much as possible. Bring one or two close people who will be honest but complimentary. This will cut out any negativity, chaos, and confusion that could get in the way of finding your dream dress.
3. Not having a Vision
Go into your appointment with a vision of both your wedding and yourself as a bride. If you have no idea what you are looking for, your appointment will take forever and both you and your consultant will get frustrated. You may not even leave with a dress! Think about the venue, season, and theme of your wedding before you shop. In the end, though, if you are getting married on a beach and have always pictured yourself in a ballgown, go for it! This is your day to feel amazing.
4. Not Bringing the Proper Undergarments
Bring any underwear you plan to wear on your wedding day along to your dress shopping appointment. This includes panties, bra, and Spanx. These will show how the dress will really look on you on the big day. Choose undergarments that are actually supportive so you look your best, rather than going with lacy lingerie.
5. Ordering the Wrong Size
It’s great to have a weight-loss goal for your wedding, but don’t order a dress in the size you want to be. If for some reason you don’t meet your goal, the dress won’t fit right and you will have to add unsightly fabric panels to it. Order the size you wear now and plan to have it taken in; dresses need alternations anyway!