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Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

10 Tips For Surviving Wedding Dress Shopping

Once you take care of early must dos after your engagement, it's time to start the wedding dress hunt! I thought I'd share with you the words of wisdom I gleaned from my married and soon-to-be-married friends when I was searching for "the one." So, from friend to friend, here are dress shopping tips from my wonderfully helpful and sweet gal pals:

  1. "Go with people who really know you. There are so many beautiful dresses that it's easy to get overwhelmed. It's nice to have people who can say 'that dress is (or isn't) you.'" — Tessa
  2. "Only word of advice: TAKE YOUR TIME. Don't feel rushed or pushed into buying anything. I bought my dress the first day I went out shopping. I liked it, but at the end of the day, felt like I had settled . . . my only wedding regret!" — Ashlyn
  3. "Shopping for my wedding dress was the hardest decision to make in the whole wedding process! But ultimately, after countless hours of online and in-store browsing, I found a designer that I loved (Jenny Packham) and went to every store in California that carried her dresses and tried them on over and over. I thought I wanted a very low-cut front and back with more of a sexy silky look, but none of those looked like a wedding dress, just beautiful gowns. In the end I think it's important to go with what looks the best on you, not what you want to look the best on you." — Kendall
  4. "A tan is essential, even if it's the spray kind. Listen to your mamma, but go with your gut. Don't eat Mexican food directly before trying on dresses. Wear cute underwear, people are going to see them. Avoid impulsivity." — Julianne
  5. "If you go with a drop waist, make sure to do some sit-ups!" — Aimee
  6. "My biggest advice is be willing to try on dresses you vowed you would not wear. I swore up and down that I would not walk down the isle in a lace gown, but I was coaxed into trying one on — and of course it turned out to be perfect!" — Anne
  7. "Take pictures from every angle. I didn't know I had found 'the one' right away but realized it later after many dresses. It ended up being one of the first dresses I had tried on. Take a brutally honest friend with you who will tell you the truth." — Megan
  8. "Don't bring too many people! As much as you love your mom, your sisters, your best friends, and your new in-laws, the more opinions you have on dress-buying day, the more stressed out you'll be. I say bring three people at the absolute most." — Mandy
  9. "Make sure to try all sorts of styles even if it's not what you have been picturing. You never know what you may fall in love with once it's on. Try to go to trunk shows. You will have a chance to meet the designer, see dresses that may not always be in the store, and get some discounts." — Michelle
  10. "Get what YOU love even if it isn't everyone else's favorite!" — Brittany

Do have any advice to share?

Brazilian-Shoe-girl Brazilian-Shoe-girl 6 years
Also, everyone has a type of dress that is best on them. Curvy girls might be beast in a mermaid dress. They also need to choose with a reference to the kind of man they marry. Each man if different and the dress must match the guy. Is he sophisticated? Fat? Military? Natalia
Ashleysh22 Ashleysh22 6 years
Okay I got married last summer and I got my dress in February 2010. Here are my three big tips. 1 - do NOT bring lots of people. It's gonna be a hard decision and more opinions just complicates things. I did my dress shopping in two days - day 1 - I went to four stores with my mom, we put our favorite dresses on hold at each store (most stores will let you do this for 24 hours, some require a deposit, some don't) - day 2 - we returned the very next day with my good friend (and bridesmaid) heather to review all the ones we put on hold. then the three of us sat down to share margheritas and mexican food and discuss the options. 2. take pictures - yes, i know, most places say no pictures. but that is rediculous. of course you need pictures! we took ours in the changing room. 3. as said in this article ABSOLUTELY try on things you werent considering. the first store I went to, I tried on 3-4 dresses that were my "dream" style and told the lady what I did/didn't like about each one. She went and picked out a dress that ended up being the one I bought. It was a dress I would NEVER have picked out. But I loved it so much that everything else I tried on after that was the same style. don't be afraid to try new things! my dress looks soooo different in pictures online and on a hanger than it does on me. You wouldnt even know it was the same dress.
poissondujour poissondujour 6 years
@spacekatgal- A character flaw? Really? Not everyone in the world has the same priorities, and it's not your right to judge anyone else's choice. If you don't want to think about weddings, you don't have to read the posts, let alone take the time to comment.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
if you HAVE tens of thousands of dollars to spend, and you want to spend it all on a wedding, i don't see what the problem is.
moose-juice moose-juice 6 years
I'm gonna give Julianne the benefit of the doubt and guess that what she means is, if you plan on being tan on your wedding day, you should get a tan when you are dress shopping.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
Yep, it's that time of year :P Even though I'm not wedding planning, I enjoy reading through the wedding posts. I just wish there weren't so many, this place gets overrun in the spring.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
When I was with my ex and passively wedding planning, I LOVED that show. While I would never spend that much on a dress, you have quite a selection at that location.
peacelove7 peacelove7 6 years
I love the show say yes to the dress on TLC (the whole series is offered on netflix as well). I vowed that whoever I take dress shopping should at least have seen one episode. It's nice to see the process from the professional consultants point of view! You can learn a lot!
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
Essential = absolutely necessary. Doesn't sound like a suggestion, sounds to me like "If you don't do it, you won't look your best" or "Your pale skin is ugly and should be covered up."
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
I'm glad I'm not alone in my thinking. Some people...
dyemysoul dyemysoul 6 years
haha Spray tan....not everyone wants to look like a fake barbie with orange skin. I"m a red head with fair skin....PROUD to be tan free!! thank you very much!
nikkisoda nikkisoda 6 years
Pale and Loving it!
amber512 amber512 6 years
LOL I was thinking the exact same thing. I was pale and proud at my wedding.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years ^^Absolutely gorgeous brides with fair skin. I've done the spray tan once before too, it looked just okay. I would never want to do that for my wedding, I want to look like ME on my big day.
secondstar secondstar 6 years
Some great advise, but I can't get over the tanning thing. I made the mistake of getting a spray tan once, and it just looked silly. A lot of people think you can't wear white if you're fair, but as someone who is as pale as it gets I can assure you that's not true.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
"A tan is essential, even if it's the spray kind." Terrible advice. What's wrong with fair skin? I'm happy with the way I am and I'm sick of people telling me I need to change the way God made me.
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