Do’s and Don’ts of Gown Shopping
DON’T schedule your wedding dress appointment late in the day.
The early bird gets the worm—er, in this case, the early bride gets an energetic, fresh bridal store staff that hasn’t dealt with the concerns of a million clients already. You usually get the best selection of dresses to choose from as well as multiple gowns haven’t been pulled for multiple clients. Also, even though the salon suggests 1 ½ hours for your appointment time, brides can often run over their appointment which then may cut into yours.
DO focus first on finding the best wedding dress silhouette for you.
Details are important—a long row of teensy pearl buttons and a well-placed ruffle or two can mean the difference between a good wedding dress and a great one. But before you start nitpicking the details, first figure out the silhouette that works best for you. Getting caught up in trends or what you “dream as the perfect dress”, may not be perfect for you. Listen to your stylist and be open to trying on a dress that you never imagined for your special day.
DON’T forget about the top of your wedding dress.
A long, gorgeous wedding dress with a fancy hem is to die for. Just remember that the top of your dress is what people will notice most—and what will show up in most wedding pictures. The majority of wedding photos that guests take of you are from the waist up. Make sure you have a neckline that is complimentary to the desired look that you want to see in your photos 10,20, 50 years from now. Sleeve, no sleeve, cap sleeve…..there are so many decisions to make on just the top of your dress. Make sure you love EVERY detail and leave not one overlooked.
DON’T pick a wedding dress just because it’s trendy now.
Trendy wedding dresses won’t necessarily stand the test of time—flip through your parents’ wedding album for evidence of that. A gown should be timeless. When you feel sexy and glamorous in a gown that has both modern and traditional elements, and you feel like a better version of yourself when you’re wearing it, you’ve found your timeless gown. It’s something that will never go out of style. Remember it is easier to pass down your gown if the look is classic.
DO bring your camera wedding dress shopping (if the boutique allows it, which Park City Bridal does!)
Mirrors are used to sell dresses—cameras don’t lie. Because you’ll be looking at the photos of this dress for years to come, know how it photographs from all angles. You may want to FaceTime or Skype someone who is a decision maker on the gown as well. It is good to have multiple opinions, but in the end you have to go with what your heart tells you is best!
DO try on as many wedding dresses as you need to…
Almost any dress can look gorgeous on a hanger (or it can look terrible). Resist snap judgment. Once a dress is on a woman’s body, it takes on a different shape and look. This means that a bride will try on many dresses, and she should. Just as it takes time to find a husband or wife, it takes time to find the perfect gown.
…but DON’T try on too many wedding dresses.
We’re not trying to confuse you here—we just mean that you shouldn’t feel forced to try on more or fewer gowns than you want. You can suffer wedding dress overload (and total panic) if you feel like you must try on 20 different dresses at each salon you visit. Too many choices and too many places can add stress and confusion. Nine times out of 10, you will go back to your first salon and order your favorite gown anyway, so go with your gut. Find a bridal salon that carries your top three designers and “gets” your style. Don’t be afraid to buy the first dress you try on if your heart tells you it’s the “one.” It just gives you more time to sort out the other details of your wedding……like what the groom is going to wear J.
Photo credits: Glamour, Martha Stewart Weddings, Southern Bride and Groom, Weddbook, Elle UK, Nordstrom Blog
By: Paula Haberichter