Getting started with your search for the perfect wedding dress? We invite you to consider the following wedding dress shopping tips. These suggestions will help guide you in your search for the best dress for your needs, whether you’re in search of a trendy lace wedding dress, a classic vintage wedding gown, or anything in between.
1. Choose the Right White for Your Skin Tone
There are many shades of white, and they aren’t all the same. For the most flattering look possible on your wedding day, you’ll want to match the undertones in the dress to the undertones of your skin color. If your skin has olive or warm undertones, select a dress in a creamy or warm shade of white. If your skin has cooler undertones, you’ll want to go with a cooler or bluer shade of white.
2. Choose a Dress You Can Move In
Will there be dancing at the wedding? If so, don’t buy a dress unless it’s comfortable enough to accommodate all your favorite dance moves. Don’t be shy about giving the dress a quick test run in the dressing room. Also be sure to sit down in it, bend over in it, and extend your arm to shake a friend’s hand. These are all things you’ll probably need to do on your wedding day, and it’s a good idea to find out how your dream dress performs before you commit to buying it.
3. Shop Early, but Not Too Early
You’ll want to have decided on a venue for the wedding, plus the time and formality level of the ceremony, before you commit to buying a dress. After all, you’d buy a different dress for a formal evening wedding than you would for an afternoon beach wedding.
Many dresses have to be ordered ahead of time, so you’ll want to get started on the dress selection process soon after your venue is booked. It’s also unlikely you’ll find a dress that fits you perfectly, and so you’ll want to allow plenty of time to get any necessary alterations taken care of in advance of the big day.
4. Avoid Last Minute Weight Loss or Gain
Brides-to-be often decide to lose weight, get in shape or make other drastic physical changes before their weddings. This is something that requires careful planning in order to avoid disaster.
I know a bride who lost fifteen pounds after she’d already bought and received her dress. On one hand, she was thrilled with her new look. On the other hand, after the transformation, her wedding dress was too big, causing her the stress of needing last-minute wedding dress alterations. You can learn from her mistake, and get started early on any dietary changes you have in mind. Either that, or you could decide to embrace your current look and forget worrying about weight loss until after your special day.
Needless to say, you also don’t want to gain weight right before the wedding. Some dresses can be let out a bit, but others aren’t too forgiving when it comes to needing enlargement.
5. Plan Your Entire Silhouette
Don’t make your undergarments an afterthought. They’re as crucial to your wedding day look as your wedding dress itself is. Ideally, you’ll want to try on your wedding dress wearing the same undergarments you plan to wear on your special day — especially if you’re planning on wearing a body slimmer, control top hosiery, a padded bra or anything else that would change the look of your silhouette. It would be tragic to buy a spectacular wedding gown and later realize it’s impossible to find a bra that looks flawless underneath of it.
You’ll also want to bring a pair of heels to your dress fitting(s).
I hope you’ll find these wedding dress shopping tips helpful when it comes time for you to select your dream dress. Congrats on your engagement, and have fun planning your wedding!