5 Wedding Dress Shopping Fails Every Bride Should AVOID!
Wedding dress shopping can certainly feel overwhelming for most newly engaged brides. The pressure to find ‘the one’ can often flag up concerns and indecision. Avoid these five fails from the off and know what to expect even from your first bridal boutique visit!
Not being ready to commit
If you are just at the ‘getting ideas’ stage then we would say the big shows, wedding fayres, wedding magazines and Pinterest are the best places to go for inspiration. If you’re not ready to commit to a dress and be ready to order it, there is no use booking boutique appointments just yet. The stock changes frequently and so will not be a true reflection of what you could have when you actually come to make a decision.
Inviting too many friends
Take a maximum of two people with you who you trust and really want to have a say in your dress. Most boutiques these days will limit the amount of friends and family you can bring with you, anyway. This might sound harsh but it really is done for a good reason – and this is to help you be the focus of the appointment.
Not considering different styles
You may have a specific idea in mind, but we urge you to try at least one dress you think you might not want. This then puts rest to the ‘what ifs’ if you decide on a gown later. Most brides come into the boutique with a list of wants and not-wants and almost every one changes their mind or ends up wearing a style they’d never have to thought to try!
Being scared of sample sizing
Try to see beyond the sample sizes – it is impossible for boutiques to carry every single dress in every single size. Not all of the dresses will fit you but try to relax, most shops can help, and if in doubt give them a call beforehand and have a chat about it all. If the dress style is right you should get a good natural feeling about it regardless of how well that actual sample fits you. This won’t be your physical dress.
Trying on too many dresses
As tempting as it may be, it’s a good idea to keep a cap on the amount of dresses you try and the number of boutiques you visit. Plan your time carefully – and try to set yourself a ‘decide by’ date. Remember, too, that a lot of manufacturers have a three or four month waiting time for a dress. Take a couple of weekends and book appointments at a maximum of 5 different boutiques – this will give you plenty of choice as far as gowns are concerned.