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Guest Blog: 8 Wedding Dress Shopping Mistakes Brides Need to Avoid

September 21st, 2016 by Jeannine

Guest Blog: 8 Wedding Dress Shopping Mistakes Brides Need to Avoid

For a soon-to-be bride, one of the most exciting things about her wedding is shopping for the perfect wedding dress. Of course, the wedding is going to be one of the most momentous milestones in her life, which is why it is important that she dons a dress that makes her the cynosure of all eyes, including the groom’s.

Shopping for the right wedding dress can take a while and once you get there, you don’t want to end up with the wrong one. With this thought in mind, here are a few common wedding dress shopping mistakes that every would-be bride should steer clear of.

Shopping Too Early (Or Too Late)

You may think that shopping for your wedding dress way ahead of time will make things less stressful for you as you approach D-day. However, it can also result in disaster. The tricky thing about wedding gowns is that as soon as you start trying them out, you fall for one pretty soon. This situation may get difficult as you may not be ready to commit to one particular wedding dress yet. Simply put, avoid stepping into bridal salons until you’re ready to buy the dress.

Bear in mind that you need to have certain details that can influence your style of your dress (venue, decor, bridesmaid’s dress) sorted out before you can actually go ahead and make a purchase. For example, an ornate gown with embellishments will be more suitable for a ballroom wedding rather than a beach wedding.

That said, do not make the mistake of putting your purchase off until the last moment either. It is advisable to start looking for a dress at least eight to nine months before the wedding. This will give you ample time to order a piece of your choice and for making any alterations.

Taking Too Many People Along When Shopping

Remember, this is your wedding and you get to have the last say in everything, including your wedding dress. You need not take your family, relatives and friends along when you go shopping for our wedding attire.

While you may think that getting their advice will be helpful and fun, things might just get confusing for you. What’s worse is that you may be forced to listen to their opinion and choose a dress that you don’t love. It is, therefore, better to limit the number of people you take along.

Remember, a good wedding dress buddy will always put your needs and preferences first and guide you accordingly. Even though they may not have exactly the same taste as you, they will go out of their way to help you find what you’re looking for.

Not Budgeting Properly

It is always a good idea to specify your budget to the salesperson at the bridal salon. This is another area where your shopping buddy can help. Have them inform the salesperson about how much you’re willing to spend and the extent to which you can tweak your budget. This will ensure that you don’t waste time and are shown only those dresses that fit into your financial plans comfortably.

When it comes to budgeting, do not forget to consider the cost of alterations.  Some bridal shops charge extra for that. Further, if you’re interested in getting some serious modifications like getting the dress more structured to fit you perfectly, you’ll probably end up paying a lot more. Also, take into consideration the cost of accessories like shoes, jewelry, specialty undergarments, and veils when choosing your dress.

Modern brides make it a point to look online for great deals on stunning wedding dresses. Do go through price-comparison websites such as Idealo before finalizing gowns and accessories that not only look brilliant, but also fit your budget.

Not Wearing Specialty Undergarments during Trial

A lot of prospective brides tend to undermine the importance of wearing specialty undergarments at the time of trying on a wedding dress. Of course, you’re not expected to buy your wedding undergarments before selecting your gown, but you’re bound to need exceptional support for the gowns you will try on. After all, you don’t want to end up with an ill-fitting gown.

You will be able to judge wedding dresses better when they’re worn with well-structured undergarments that support your body. It is, therefore, recommended to buy foundation undergarments, including a supportive bra to wear underneath your gown. Keep the lacy underwear for later.

Ensure to take the foundation undergarments along when you go wedding dress hunting. Try the dresses over them to get a proper sense of how they will actually look like on your body.

Not Keeping an Open Mind

Avoid picking a wedding dress that doesn’t complement your body type at all costs. You may have seen a bride wearing a beautiful mermaid gown and look luminous in it, but that does not mean that it will work for you too. No two women are exactly the same, and neither are their body types.

However, do not shy away from experimenting with silhouettes that may not have tried before. Keep an open mind about it. You may be used to wearing long, flowy dresses in your everyday life, but a ball gown/empire waist dress might just be the dress that makes you look ethereal on your wedding day.

Shopping for the Wrong Size

Several brides want to shed a few pounds before their wedding day and, therefore, have a goal weight in mind. Buying your wedding dress according to your goal weight can spell doom, though. It is better to buy a dress that fits your body now. Keep in mind that it is easier to make a dress smaller than bigger.

Buying a dress that you “think” will fit you on your wedding day is extremely risky. You may find yourself running from pillar to post for frantic alterations at the last minute. This can prove to be stressful and expensive, and might just turn you into the quintessential Bridezilla!

Forgetting Your Wedding Shoes

In case you’ve already bought your wedding shoes, or have a similar pair, take them along at the time of shopping for your wedding dress. The height of the heel will help you determine the extent of alteration the hemline will require.

Stressing over Every Small Thing

We understand that the way you look on your big day is extremely important to you, and your wedding dress is a big part of that. However, do not put too much pressure on yourself to find the “perfect” dress. At the end of the day, wedding dress shopping is supposed to be more fun and less hassle. Remind yourself to slow down, take a breather and have a good time.


Your wedding is going to be a memorable day for you. Make sure that you’re a vision of beauty by choosing the right dress. At the same time, do not stress over things that are beyond your control. Pick a dress that you genuinely love, and not because you want to impress others. The key lies in being sensible and choosing your wedding attire with an open mind.

Millie Rainer Author Bio:
Millie Rainer writes about a variety of things such as fashion, lifestyle and more. She is looking to build up her authority as a blogger – so she is excited to explore new topics. Twitter @MillieRainer

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  • November 16th, 2016 at 1:37 pm
    Samantha Sheinson says:

    All of these are super important to remember. When I went shopping for my wedding gown I knew exactly what I wanted and chose to not even try on styles that were not within the silhouette I wanted. No need to waste time. I photographed all the gowns I tried on on my blog too. Documenting is a form of therapy for sure:)


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