Let’s face it. You’ve probably been thinking about your wedding dress for a long time. You might have even found the perfect gown years before you even met the man of your dreams. Although this might make you feel ahead of the game when it comes to wedding planning, there are some things you should be aware of before you head into that first bridal shop.
1. Have a budget in mind
You know you’ve seen the episode of “Say Yes to the Dress” where the bride-to-be comes in with a modest budget and falls in love with a dress way out of her price range. This can only lead to heartache. So, make sure you go into the dress buying process with a solid number. And make sure you have someone who will hold you accountable to your budget.
2. Keep an open mind
Even if you’ve always imagined wearing a floor-length dress with a beaded bodice and train that rivals Princess Diana’s, this might not be the right dress for your body type or your budget. Keep an open mind, and try on a lot of different styles. You might be surprised what looks good on you and what makes you feel like a bride.
3. Keep your entourage small
While it might sound fun to have your bridesmaids, sisters, best friends, college roommates and cousins all waiting to watch you walk the catwalk (so to speak), it can be overwhelming to have that many opinions coming at you at one time. It could even begin to drown out your inner voice. So, limit the number of people helping you choose the dress, and pick what really speaks to you.
4. Think about other expenses
Try to choose a dress that is under budget, so you can leave room for other dress-related expenses like alterations, a veil, wedding shoes, and other accessories that won’t be included in the price of the gown.
5. Don’t get discouraged
Shopping can be a frustrating process for any woman, and when you add in the pressure of finding the “perfect” dress it can be too much to bear. So, if you’re having trouble finding THE dress, then take a weekend or two off from your search and focus on something else. You will find what you’re looking for. It just might take some time.
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