Top 5 Mistakes Brides Make While Shopping for Her Wedding Gown

wedding dresses - wedding dress shoppingShopping for wedding dresses is exciting. It should be fun and stress-free. But there are a few things to avoid to make the experience as joyful (and productive) as possible.

Bringing an Entourage
This is probably the most common mistake. Sure, you want to share this adventure with your mom, your fiance’s mom, and all of your ladies, but . . .

Too many people = too many opinions.

And when everyone is voicing their opinion – or even worse, when you love the dress, but it gets a “thumbs down” from everyone else – it becomes easy to get discouraged, and lose sight of what you really want.

Trying on Too Many Dress Styles
Of course you don’t want to limit yourself to just trying on a couple styles, but don’t try on every style available.

You know the styles that you like, and if you’re wearing something you love and makes you feel confident, you’ll look even better. Also, be open to suggestions from the consultant at the bridal salon, as she is trained to find styles that will work best with and look fabulous on your body type.

Requesting a Smaller Size
Wedding gowns are not sized like regular, ready-to-wear clothing.

Sure, you can go to just about any clothing store, pick something of the rack based on size, and it will fit. Not always so with wedding gowns.

Due to how the fabric is cut at the manufacturers, you will most likely need a size that is larger than what you are. Do not be offended! And don’t think that the salon is trying to sell you a too-large gown so they can make more money on alterations. They’re not. They’re just going by the sizing charts that the gown manufacturers provide them.

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Forgetting to Bring Dress Shoes
Unless you’re used to walking around in heels all day, you’ll probably want to wear a comfortable pair of flats. But be sure to bring a pair of shoes that are similar to the ones you plan to wear on your wedding day. That way you’ll know whether the shoes you have in mind will look right with your dress.

Choosing a Gown That is a Current Trend
There’s nothing wrong with choosing a gown that’s on trend, IF it fits your personal and wedding styles.

Be careful if you choose a wedding gown that is very trendy. Years from now, as you’re looking back at your wedding photos, you don’t want to be cringing with “What was I thinking?” on your mind. It’s always best to stay true to your personal style.

Choose a gown because you really love it, NOT because it’s the latest trend.

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Ordering Your Wedding Gown Online

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There probably isn’t a wedding related item that holds a greater importance or personal connection to a bride than her wedding gown. More time and emotion is usually invested in shopping for wedding dresses than in any other part of the celebration.

Because of its importance (both as a practical indicator of the degree of formality planned and an emotional indicator of how the bride sees herself on this her day of days), little could be more important than where it is purchased.

Budget minded brides who may be trying to save money on their wedding may be tempted to cut corners on their gown by buying sight unseen from an internet source.

An overwhelming number of bridal experts would caution a bride not to take that step. Be extremely cautious if you are considering ordering the gown of your dreams at a discount over the phone, the internet or by mail. Beware if considering ordering your wedding gown online.

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Why? What can happen?

Listen to the woes of some brides and the problems they encountered.

  • Received a gown that is not the style, color or size dress she ordered
  • Received a gown that has obvious flaws, spots and missing parts
  • Got a cheap copy of the dress shown in the picture
  • Got a “look-a-like” made from an inferior fabric from what she ordered
  • The gown was not delivered on time
  • Did not get the gown at all

Most “discount” sources demand full payment in advance and in full, so if you have any trouble with the order, you are left trying to solve problems long distance with a vendor who already has your money.

Even if there is no issue and you get it, you’ll still need to arrange local resources to handle the alterations and pressing.

We urge brides to carefully weigh their decisions to buy on line or from a warehouse operation from a vendor with whom they have no relationship versus working with a reputable highly recommended local full service bridal salon that will stand behind every order and promptly solve any problems that may be encountered.

Good bridal salon consultants will help the bride on a budget find the dress of her dreams.

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Choosing Your Wedding Gown – To Minimize Wide Hips

Wedding Dress To Minimize Wide Hips

The fullness of a ball gown will help to accentuate your waist while hiding hips. An A-line gown will also do the trick.

Drop waists or basque waists can make you look bottom-heavy.

Top 5 Mistakes Brides Make While Shopping for Her Wedding Gown

Instead, try gowns with lovely detailing on the bodice or an off-the-shoulder neckline that will draw attention to the upper half of your body, as will a square or bateau neckline.

Be careful with trumpet or sheath style gowns, as they may make you look out of proportion.

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Choosing Your Wedding Gown – To Slim a Full Waist

 

wedding gown dress with basque or drop waist

 

A drop or empire waist, or an A-line dress will add curves.

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Also look for detailing around the neckline which will draw the eye to the upper part of your body.

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Avoid dresses that are fitted at your natural waistline.

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Choosing Your Wedding Gown – For an Hourglass Figure

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This figure has a natural balance – show it off! Many different silhouettes – sheath, trumpet, a-line – will look fabulous on you. Choosing the right neckline and waistline are key.

Avoid high necklines, as open necklines like an off-the-shoulder are more flattering.

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Accentuate your waist with a fitted waistline. (Natural waistline) Stay away from empire, basque, or drop waists. You want to accentuate your real waistline so stay away from high or low waistlines.

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A trumpet skirt or ball gown will also beautifully enhance an hourglass shape.

Avoid spaghetti straps, but if you want a bit of coverage or support, cap sleeves are a good choice.

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Choosing Your Wedding Gown – For a Petite Figure

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A gown with a subtle silhouette, such as an a-line or a sheath delicately adds length to a petite figure.

An empire waist will also elongate a small frame.

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Keep any detailing small and subtle as large decorations will be overwhelming. Depending on the fullness, even long sleeves may be too much. Avoid the bulk of a ball gown or a mermaid silhouette, which are too overpowering for a smaller body type.

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Photo credit (wedding dress with subtle detailing): WinterStephan via photopin cc

Money Saving Tips For Your Wedding Day (That Are Also “Green”)

Many money saving tips for your wedding ceremony and reception are also “green.” Here are some easy ideas to save money on your wedding plans, and they’re good for the environment too!

Corner copy
Corner copy is your reception information that is literally printed in the corner (sometimes centered) at the bottom of your wedding invitation. By using corner copy you will save a significant amount of money. It costs about $10, regardless of quantity. Compare this to what you’d be paying for 100 or more Reception cards.

An added bonus is that since you’ll have less items going into your invitation suite, you may end up paying less for postage!

wedding invitation corner copy sample

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Re-use your ceremony décor and bouquets
You’ve spend good money on something that otherwise will only be used for an hour or so. Get your moneys worth – reuse altar arrangements, pew décor and your bridesmaids’ bouquets as decorations for your reception.

Use non-florals
Candles in lanterns, individual tiers of wedding cake, bird cages for a garden wedding, seashells for a beach/seaside theme, branches, leaves or acorns for a fall wedding are all fun, budget-conscious décor ideas.

wedding cake centerpiece

Use individual potted plants
Group smaller ones together for centerpieces. Then at the end of the evening these can be sent home with guests as favors. Larger potted plants can be used as aisle décor for your ceremony or a pretty arrangement on the bar or escort card table. Send these home as a special “thank you” to someone who helped out on your wedding day. Since the plants can be taken home and replanted there is less waste – excellent for the environment.

Donate centerpieces and left over food
Check with a local nursing home or hospital. Some may welcome the donation of pretty flowers. Also, if your caterer allows leftover food to be taken off the premises, check with local groups to see who has a program for donating food to local shelters.

Accessories
A special cake knife set or toasting glasses engraved with your names and wedding date are nice, personalized touches for your wedding. However, afterwards these types of items usually end up in the attic. Instead of purchasing something that will only be used once, borrow your keepsake items.

Wedding Gown
Borrow your wedding gown from a loved one or go to consignment shop or ebay to find your gown. If you purchase your wedding gown you can donate it or sell it on ebay afterwards.

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D is for Dress Shopping

wedding gown wedding dress shoppingWhat’s probably one of the first things a bride does after she becomes engaged?

She goes wedding dress shopping.

So if you’re on your way to the nearest bridal salon to find your perfect dress, STOP!

There’s a few things you’ll need to do before you go dress shopping.

#1 – Determine the budget for your attire. This includes your dress, shoes, undergarments and other accessories. By knowing how much you have to spend, you’ll avoid trying on (and falling in love with) a gown that costs way too much.

#2 – Sit down with your fiance and discuss they style of wedding you and he want to have. You may decide that you want a more formal event. On the other hand, you may prefer something more casual. If you don’t even know the style of the event you’ll be planning how can you choose an appropriate style gown?

Top 5 Mistakes Brides Make While Shopping for Her Wedding Gown

#3 – Know where your ceremony and reception will take place, (or at least know your preferred style of locations). If your chosen location has a definite style or look about it, you’ll want to make sure your gown style coordinates and doesn’t look out of place.

#4 – Go out there and find the dress of your dreams

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4 Easy Tips to Look Great in Your Strapless Wedding Gown

Odds are your wedding gown will be strapless. Problem is, most women typically don’t wear strapless clothing, so feeling comfortable can be tricky. Follow these tips to feel comfortable, and look great in your strapless wedding gown.

1) Practice moving in your wedding gown. During your fittings don’t just stand there like a statue, move around. Walk around. Reach up like you’re tossing your bouquet. Stretch your arms forward as if you’re cutting your cake. Sit down. Hug someone. Is your dress staying where it belongs, or are any potential “wardrobe malfunctions” on the horizon?

2) Wear the same undergarments to all of your fittings that you will be wearing on your wedding day. Also, wear the same shoes. This ensures that your gown will fit you exactly the same way on your wedding day as it did at all of your fittings, and that you don’t end up with any unexpected gaps, or something fitting too tight.

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3) Don’t tug! I know it’s tempting to feel the need make that little adjustment, particularly if you’re not used to wearing strapless garments, and the one you’re currently wearing feels like it weighs a ton, (and depending on how simple or detailed your strapless gown is it can easily weigh anywhere between 10 – 60 lbs!). But do you really want to be seen tugging up the top of your bodice all night? If your dress was altered correctly, it’s going to stay in place instead of sliding “south.”

4) Stand up straight! Head up, shoulders back, look fabulous! Practice good posture. You’re wearing an absolutely gorgeous gown, and you’ve spent time and money on a fabulous ‘do and professional make-up. Don’t mess up the look by slouching.

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Buying Your Wedding Gown

wedding gowns wedding dresses in bridal salonI’m sure you’ve heard that your wedding invitation sets the tone for your wedding, since it is the first thing that your guests will see. This is definitely true.

Another thing that sets the tone – in a big way – is your wedding dress.

I know it’s tempting to go dress shopping right away after you’ve set the date,

BUT . . .

There is something you should do first.

Before you go dress shopping (or shopping for anything else for your wedding, for that matter), you need to sit down with your fiancé and talk about how you both envision your wedding day.

Talk about the formality, mood and style that you want to convey. Are you looking for a more simplistic look, or something more over-the-top? Do you like lots of sparkly and bling? Prefer something trendy or more classic? Decide what makes sense to both of you.

THEN go dress shopping with this wedding vision in mind. And only look at dresses that fit this vision.

Really, this will save you time and money in the long run.

True story – I had a bride who ended up not liking the wedding gown she purchased. It was a beautiful dress, but she realized that it did not fit what she wanted with the rest of her wedding day. So she ended up buying a second wedding dress. The 2nd dress was absolutely PERFECT, and she looked (and felt) amazing.

Unfortunately you cannot return wedding dresses. Once you’ve bought a wedding gown, it’s yours whether or not you end up wearing it on your wedding day.

So please, put some extra thought and care in making that purchase so you get a gown that’s not just beautiful but is the right one for you and your wedding. You’ll save time and money, and will have a wedding gown that you will absolutely LOVE!

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