Advice for Stress-free Wedding Dress Shopping

Wedding dress shopping should be a fun experience. Trying on all of those beautiful gowns can make you feel just like a princess. However, for many brides, shopping for a wedding dress is a stressful chore. Here are some tips to help make finding a gown easy, fun and relaxing:

Begin wedding dress shopping early. Some gown designers can take six to eight months to deliver a dress.

Look through magazines and our gallery of wedding dresses pictures to determine what styles you like, but also go shopping with an open mind. Very often the gown consultants can direct you to a style that you didn’t consider but would be perfect for you.

Don’t shop with too many people. Listening to several opinions on what you should and should not wear can be very confusing and very stressful.

Make an appointment with the bridal shop. You want to have the gown consultant’s undivided attention.

Saturday is the busiest day at most gown salons. If possible, schedule an appointment for an alternative time so you will have a more relaxed atmosphere.

When planning the amount you are going to spend on your wedding dress, don’t forget to include alterations. These can be quite expensive. You will also need to budget for undergarments, hose, shoes and jewelry.
Our dress gallery will inspire you with manywedding dresses pictures to browse through.

Once you’re done with the wedding dress shopping experience, it will be time to begin shopping for bridesmaid gowns. Try shopping for the dresses on your own at first so that you can choose the style you like the most. Keep in mind all of the girls’ body shapes and sizes when making your selection.

Following these helpful words of advice can make all the difference when you’re wedding dress shopping. It should be an experience to remember, not one you want to forget.

For more tips, check out Susan Southerland's wedding planning blog.

Wedding dresses pictures courtesy of Amanda McMahon Photography