5 Tips Before You Begin Wedding Gown Shopping

By George Porter

A wedding is beautiful and ethereal — something that happens once in a lifetime for most people. But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows as what many people make it out to be.

Wedding gown shopping, for starters, could be one hell of a pain to the bride’s neck.

In fact, it is probably one of the pre-wedding activities that could bring out the ‘bridezilla’ in you. Yikes!

Are you stressed from all the wedding plans, especially the dress shopping part?

If so, then let’s take a look at the five tips to that will prepare you better for this particular activity.

1. Time is crucial—start shopping a year before the wedding

Shopping for wedding gowns is probably the very first thing that popped out to your mind after getting engaged.

While we cannot really fault you for not being able to contain your excitement, it is best for you to take a breather first and enjoy your engagement especially if you’re planning on marrying a year or so from your engagement day. Looking for gowns too early can cause you to have second thoughts since you have too much time to decide.

2. Look for wedding gown photos

Women fall for dresses at first sight. You don’t really say ‘Oh, I love it’ without even seeing it in the first place. So, the only way you can know what gowns you like is by looking.

You can do this by searching wedding trends of gowns online or browsing through wedding magazines. When looking at photos online though, aim for dress photos that are found on actual sites, instead of Google-generated images. This way, it’ll be easier to know the store and/or designer.

3. Be definitive on your search for wedding gowns

After looking for photos, create your top list of gown photos. When you do this, you will notice some kind of pattern based on the photos you’ve picked. It could be the dress style, its fabric, the color, or the designer. Take note of the similarities and try to define them.

Once you have figured out what sort of ‘qualities’ you’re looking for, tell your dress store so that they can help you narrow your search. For example, you originally wanted vintage dresses to match with your classic wedding car, but then you found out that you also are fond of modern-style gowns.

Photo: Supplied

Photo: Supplied

4. Create a schedule for your dress shopping

Plan out the days that you have to shop for wedding gowns. Search for all the bridal shops near you or those within an hour (or two if you want) of where you are.

Read testimonials and reviews online about their dresses. You may encounter shops that will probably destroy your shopping journey while there are also those that will be on your top picks.

5. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries to get to the ‘one’

Once you’ve had a list of shops to go to and have finalized the necessary appointment, you can now head over to the stores one by one.

Remember that finding your dream gown could take several dress fittings, so don’t get beaten down so easily.

Be patient, girl!

Take your time and don’t panic if you fail on your first few days of wedding gown dress shopping.

Besides, the princess once had to kiss many frogs before she found her prince charming. You never know, that may be the case for you as well.