The DOs and DON'Ts of Choosing Your Perfect Wedding Dress
If you're feeling so much pressure to find the wedding dresses of your dreams that you think you may be going nuts, don't worry. We chatted with experts and brides who know exactly how you're feeling, and we asked them to spill their tips for finding the perfect wedding dress. Read on, stress less and spend more time on the rest of your wedding planning to-do list.
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. "If you get the first appointment of the morning, the store will likely be less crowded, and you'll get the full attention of your consultant".
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 weeding dresses and a great one. But before you start nitpicking the details, "first figure out the silhouette that works best for you," "Try not to get caught up in the trend of the moment, but instead focus on your personal style and what flatters you most."
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,".
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."
DO bring your camera wedding dress shopping (if the boutique allows it).
Embrace your inner Cher Horowitz (we all have some of the Clueless character in us) and photograph your dress possibilities instead of putting all your trust in the mirror. "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. One potential hiccup: Some boutiques don't allow dress photography. Call ahead to see if you can take a few snaps for decision-making purposes only.
…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 dresses 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," Pool says. Nine times out of 10, you will go back to your first salon and order your favorite gown anyway, so go with your gut." Pool's tip: Find a bridal salon that carries your top three designers and "gets" your style.