5 Mistakes to Avoid When Wedding Dress Shopping

Buying a wedding dress is one of the most exciting parts of getting married—aside from the wedding itself. Enjoy every moment of the process by avoiding a few mistake most brides make.

Bringing a Group
Tons of brides make the mistake of bringing too many friends too fittings. Too many cooks in the kitchen can spoil the broth. If you bring to many friends you’ll end up with too many opinions. Some brides start to feel overwhelmed when they bring a ton of friends to a fitting. One of the greatest lessons you’ll learn during your wedding planning process is the power to say no to others. Start with your dress fitting. Bring two trusted friends and one who always tells you what you want to hear. It’s okay to say no if your mother or your new mother-in-law do not fit in these categories.

Shopping Early
Tastes change. Your bodies will change. Shopping for your dress too early can result in disappointment later down the road. It’s difficult to delay the fun, but don’t start shopping for your dress until about nine months before your wedding date. Most experts recommend shopping between nine months and a year before your wedding. Your dress can be altered even if you gain or lose weight up to a year before the date, but your body can change significantly in over 12 months. The dress you chose might not fit your style or your shape if you begin shopping over a year before your wedding.

Fixating on One Dress
Many bridge have an idea of the type of dress they want for their weddings. Yet many brides end up choosing a dress that isn’t at all what they had in mind. Fixating on one dress can cause you to get stuck on one track. Trying on many different styles will help you find the style that fits you best.

Visiting Sample Sales and Designer Discounts
Sample sales are a great way to snag a great deal on a dress. If you’re a size zero.  Don’t get too fixated on finding a designer dress. Get ready to get fixated on a dress that looks amazing. Some brides get the idea in their heads that their wedding dress will be the only opportunity in their lives to buy a designer dress. This isn’t true. Would you rather have a Monique Lhullier that looks sort of okay or a no-name dress that looks amazing? Fixate on the dress that was made for you—not the brand name.

Not Considering Total Cost
Wedding dresses cost more than the dress themselves. You’ll need to pay to have the dress altered, the veil (should you want one), the undergarments, the jewelry and the accessories. Not taking into account the extra costs could cost you going over budget. 

The most important part of the process is to enjoy the process. Don’t get too fixated on what other people have experienced. Just let yourself go, and have fun. It’s your wedding. Enjoy it.