For most brides, picking the wedding dress is the most stressful part of the planning process. Girls grow up dreaming about wearing the perfect dress on their wedding day and it can be hard to find one that lives up to those lofty expectations. However, adding unnecessary pressure to your planning is never helpful. Here are ten of our top tips for buying the perfect wedding dress.
Do your research
Doing your research is essential if you want to find that perfect dress. Whether you’re tearing out magazine pages or set up a never-ending Pinterest board, there are plenty of ways to gather your favourite styles together. This way you’ll know which designs you want to focus on in your search.
Find three adjectives to describe your dream dress
If you’re finding it difficult to pinpoint the details of your dream wedding dress, we’ve got a handy trick. Alongside drawing the dress out in a journal, finding three adjectives to describe your dream dress will help you narrow down the three most important elements. You’ll then have a clear focus when you start the search.
Shop your size
While you might be planning on losing a few pounds before your wedding day, it’s never a good idea to buy below your size. We have a huge variety of dresses for women of all sizes, so you’ll be sure to find something perfect for your body. Trust us - it’s never comfortable trying to squeeze into a wedding dress.
Don’t leave it too late
Whatever you do, don’t leave buying your wedding dress to the last minute. Rushing your decision could leave you picking a dress you’re not entirely happy with, as well as missing out on the wide choice available.
Stick to your budget
Who doesn’t go over their wedding budget? It can be tough to stick by the budget for your wedding dress, but it’s important not to go too over the top. There are plenty of cheaper dresses that can do a more elegant job than expensive ones.
Don’t be afraid to go for something different
While we love those gorgeous traditional styles, brides should never rule out going for something a bit more adventurous. This elegant embellished dress is the perfect example, mixing a fabulous fish scale design with a neutral ivory tone.
Think about your wedding theme
From bridesmaids to food, the best wedding themes always encompass the whole event. The same is true for your wedding dress. For instance, summer wedding dresses will have a slightly lighter look, while autumn weddings are well suited to a change in colour. Whatever the season, make sure your wedding dress reflects your theme.
Look for inspiration
If you’re halfway through your search and still struggling to find the right dress, it might be time to reset your goals. Taking inspiration from other brides is one of the best ways to get back on track. Whether it’s online or from your friends, never be afraid to take inspiration from others.
Listen to your bride tribe
One thing’s for sure - bridesmaids will always have your back. When you’re trying on dresses or browsing online shops, stick your dress in the bridesmaids WhatsApp group and get some second opinions. For a lot of brides, the best dresses don’t always have amazing first impressions.
Don’t rule out different lengths
Long wedding dresses have always been the most popular among brides, but never rule out going for different lengths. Midi wedding dresses can offer something totally unique and are perfect for summer weddings. Strapless midi designs could also add another, fresh dimension to your bridal look. Whichever look you’re going for, never rule out the more ‘out there’ designs.
If the search is going on for longer than you’d like - don’t fret. You’ll know when you’ve found the perfect dress for that special day. Take a look through our full wedding dress collection today and find the right dress for you.