It’s probably the one aspect of your wedding that must be perfect. From a young age, growing up, you’ve probably imagined yourself walking down the aisle, wearing the most beautiful wedding dress, with everyone’s eyes on you. Therefore, it’s important you stay shopping savvy and avoid making these common mistakes.
1. Shopping too early
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of planning a wedding, from the moment you get engaged thoughts often quickly turn to your dress. However, before anyone gets carried away it is important you first set a date and choose a venue to give yourself an adequate time frame with which to shop. Likewise, don’t leave it too late and give yourself at least nine months before your wedding to allow for your dress to be ordered in and for any alterations to be made.
2. Not doing your research
Browse our list of approved wedding dress suppliers, read through magazines, even look at Pinterest for inspiration; the more research you do, the better informed you’ll be.
3. Shopping for accessories too early
Ensure you’ve found your dream dress before you start shopping for your accessories. If you buy accessories first, there’s a risk they might not match the gown you fall in love with. Either that, or your options quickly become limited.
4. Dismissing the bridal advisor’s advice
Each of the bridalwear shops listed on our site are incredibly experienced at what they do and are some of the best in the local area. Don’t be afraid to ask for their advice. Even if it’s not what you want to hear it’s their job to help you look fabulous on the big day.
5. Ignoring your budget
Don’t be tempted to try on dresses you can’t afford “just to see how it looks” on you, as it will be torture if you end up falling in love with it.
6. Doing everything on the web
Even if you’re buying online, make sure you visit the boutique and try on a couple of styles before you come to a decision. It’s the only way you’ll know if it really suits you.
7. Buying a dress that doesn’t fit
Don’t assume you’ll lose weight before the big day – remember it’s much easier to have a dress taken in than it is to let out.
8. Taking the dress home too early
Once you’ve purchased your dress, you’ll be tempted to take it home and get out to have a look at or try on, consequently running the risk of you marking it or worse still, getting caught wearing it by your partner ahead of the big day.