5 Tips to Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress

Everyone knows that finding the perfect dress for your special day can be stressful. Here's what they don't know: it doesn't have to be stressful at all! Wedding Wire recently released their 2017 Dress Shopping Guide (click here to view the guide in its entirety online) and it is filled with tips and tricks for easy, stress-free wedding dress shopping. Here are the top 5 tips that I pulled from the guide, and my thoughts on them!

1. Start Shopping 9 Months Before the Big Day

There is nothing more stressful than waiting for the last minute to start looking for the perfect wedding dress. It can take months for a dress to be created, if you decide to go that route and have a dress custom designed for you. Additionally, even if you do find the perfect dress and it has already been created, there is no guarantee it will fit you perfectly, and having a dress altered can be a long process. Trust me, you will be a lot less stressed if you start looking for your dress 9 months before your wedding date!

2. Know The Dress Style You Like

We all know that there are a million different styles of wedding dresses to choose from (okay, maybe not a million, but it sure seems like it). When it comes to picking a wedding dress style, there are two main factors to consider: the silhouette and the neckline. With so many silhouettes and necklines to choose from (A-Line, Strapless, Illusion, Ball Gown, etc.) it's easy to feel overwhelmed. If you walk into the bridal boutique or store without any idea of the style of dress you want, you'll be there for hours, trying on way too many dresses. However, if you walk in knowing you want a fit-n-flare gown with a sweetheart neckline, you'll try on fewer dresses, saving you time and a whole lot of stress!

3. Check Websites and Client Reviews

Before you can find the perfect dress for your big day, you want to make sure you are finding the salon or boutique that fits your needs! The best way to go about this is by conducting lots and lots of "research". First, you'll want to do some searching to find out what boutiques and salons are in your area. (If you're looking for a local suggestion, check out BELLE MARIÉE BRIDAL - she has tons of styles to choose from, well-suited to any bride!)  Once you have a short list of possible salons, you should peruse their websites. Make sure you're checking their dress inventory (if they have one on their website), so you can get a good idea of the types of dresses they sell. Then, you'll want to check prices to make sure you're choosing a place that is within your price range. After you've narrowed down your list during your website sleuthing, you need to read client reviews! You won't know for certain whether a boutique or salon is right for you, unless you hear first hand how they work with their clients. Trust me, if you follow these steps when choosing a wedding dress vendor, you'll be able to find the perfect fit, and ultimately, the perfect wedding dress!

4. Bring Along As Few People As Possible

This one is pretty self-explanatory. The majority of us have probably seen the movie "Bridesmaids" and as most of us know, the more people you have there, the more opinions there are being thrown out, the more drama can occur! You don't want the moment you choose the dress you're going to get married in ruined by unnecessary stress and drama because your entourage gets into an argument about which dress is "the one". Keep your entourage small, maybe only bringing along your best friend and a very close family member whose opinion you genuinely value. Believe me, you'll thank yourself later!

5. Be Your Own Advocate

Ultimately, the final decision is up to you! Don't settle on a dress that you're not in love with just because your mother, best friend, etc. is pressuring you to make a decision. Make sure you are communicating to your stylist what you like and don't like so they can do everything in their power to help you find the perfect dress. It comes down to this: your wedding day is about you and your fiancé. In the end, the only person's opinion who truly matters when it comes to picking your wedding dress, is your's. Be your own advocate and don't settle just to make someone else happy!

-Abby

Event Assistant Team