As a newly-engaged bride, you’ve probably got wedding dress questions coming out of your ears! How many should you try on? Who should you take with you? Finding ‘the one’ can seem like a daunting task but fear not! The experts at Find Your Dream Wedding Dress are here to answer your most common queries…

“When should I start looking for a wedding dress?”

It’s never too early to start! As soon as you’ve got engaged you should start looking in magazines and online to get an idea of styles and designers that you like. Find Your Dream Wedding Dress is a great online resource with hundreds of gorgeous gowns to look at and information on where you can buy them.


“How long will it take for my dress to be made?”

Depending on the designer you choose, it could take anything between four and nine months. To give yourself plenty of choice and time – and minimize the risk of a last minute panic – you should start looking at least 12 months before the big day. If your wedding is less than six months away then mention this when you make your appointment so the staff are aware and will only show you dresses that you will be able to have in time.

“Will I need to make an appointment at the bridal shop?”

Most shops run an appointment-only system, but some can accommodate customers who walk in, depending on how many fitting rooms are in operation. Don’t worry if you work full time – most shops offer appointments in the evenings and on Sundays as well as during normal shop opening times. Allow a good hour for an appointment.

“What should I take with me to my first appointment?”

Try-on shoes are often available in fitting rooms, but if you prefer take shoes with you that are your favourite heel height. Wearing a good fitting bra and body-shaping underwear could boost your assets and your confidence and could be a good move if you are going for a figure-hugging dress.

“Should I ask my mum to come along?”

Invite someone whose opinion you value and who won’t become bored or impatient with you. Don’t be tempted to invite an entourage – the more people who are present the more (usually varied and sometimes controversial) opinions you’ll receive and this might confuse, annoy or worse still upset you!

“What size dresses will be there for me to try on?”

Bridal shops carry samples in a variety of sizes and the sales staff should be expert at selecting the sample size that will give you the best idea of how a gown will look. If you are a plus-size bride or you are worried about the number of gowns that will fit you, then contact a few shops and ask them what sizes they carry. It could be a deciding factor when trying to work out who you would like to visit.


“How do I choose the best shape for my body?”

The Style Guide on Find Your Dream Wedding Dress has lots of tips. Experienced sales staff will know what styles will work best for you, so take their advice. Very often, a bride-to-be has a fixed idea about her dream dress and it is only when she starts looking at different styles and then trying them that she discovers ‘the one’.

“How do I know if I have found ‘the one’?”

If you keep comparing other styles to one in particular, chances are it is the dress for you. Things to ask yourself when you’re trying on dresses include… Does it suit my wedding theme? Is it me? Do I feel confident? Can I envisage walking down the aisle in this dress? Do I love this dress and feel a million dollars in it?

“How many fittings will I need?”

This will depend on the dress style, the cut and the fabric but also whether you change your shape by losing weight. On average you could expect two fittings, but in some cases and for a simple hem you may only need the one. Alterations are usually charged in addition to the cost of the dress.

“I have a tight budget – will I still be able to get a fabulous gown?”

There are wedding dresses out there to suit all budgets. However small your budget, never ever be tempted to buy what seems like a brilliant ‘deal’ online. There are copy houses out there that illicitly use pictures of the real thing on their website, offering a gown at a fraction of the real price.

Only heartache ensues when that so-called dream dress arrives stuffed into a jiffy bag and bearing no resemblance to the dress you thought you’d ordered. Nothing can compare to the experience of finding your gown in a dedicated bridal boutique so don’t miss out!

So that’s you sorted but what about your bridesmaids? Check out the latest looks for your best girls right here!


  1. So many to choose from, keep an open mind re design etc but its so true when you find the one you really do know its the one. Its just a feeling, you know its different you get from trying the other gowns

  2. Keep an open mind what u think u have always wanted may turn out to be totally different to the dress u choose as “the one”
    Always go with ur heart you will know instantly when you have found the one for you so if it doesn’t have that wow factor for you it may not be the dress for you

  3. Try on all different styles even ones that are the opposite of what u think you want, it may surprise you. You will know when it’s the right one. I believe that your dress chooses you and not the other way around.

  4. Completely agree with the above comments…keep an open mind! I tried on a dress this weekend to eliminate a style as I knew I definitely didn’t want that type of dress…fell in love with it and paid a deposit!!!

  5. Not everyone cries over a dress. I was looking for this magical moment where I would put on a dress and cry over it. I tried on about 80 dresses expecting this to happen. It didn’t so I figured I’m just not that type of woman. Chose the dress I loved the most. I tried all shapes to find what suited me the best.

  6. Don’t judge a dress when it’s just on a hanger. I did when I saw mine and wasn’t sure but then I tried it on and fell in love. What u think u don’t like could turn out to be better than u ever imagined 🙂

  7. Try everything!! Even the ones that you look at on the hanger and think no way! Also take the advice of the shop assistants, they know a lot about shape and what suits different figures.

  8. I thought id go for one style of dress as loved it in all magazines and when trying on I only tried on that style. They were all ‘nice’ but that’s all. When I (on a whim) tried on a totally different style (something I thought I’d never go for) it was just totally Perfect! So strange that all say it! It’s so true! Good luck! Xx

  9. Don’t give up until you find THE ONE, I nearly settled for what I thought was the best dress I had tried on, but I am so glad I kept looking because U just know when you find your dream dress. It’s a great feeling! I blew my budget but at least I now am certain I made the right choice. Good luck!


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