Five Top Mistakes to Avoid When Shopping For a Wedding Dress

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Now that you have decided to tie the knot, there will be a lot many things that you would want to plan out that so that your wedding is just picture-perfect. Among the innumerable issues, you would be battling with is, of course, the all-important wedding dress that will have the guests swooning in awe. It is very easy to fall prey to some common mistakes that could trip you up. Here’s what you should watch out for when buying a wedding gown.

Bringing Along Too Many People

Agreed that the wedding gown is definitely the most important apparel that you would ever buy, and the only thing you want is that it should be perfect. However, bringing along a whole group of people can leave you with a bewildering assortment of reactions and opinions. While it can be great to have a variety of responses, not being able to get a consensus can be really frustrating. The best thing you can do is to bring along just a couple of people who have your interests at heart and are not afraid to speak out candidly even though that might hurt. When selecting the most important dress of your life, it is important not have people who will just suck up to you, and suggest that a dress is perfect when actually you look horrible in it.


Starting Out Too Early

While you may have opted for a really long engagement period so that you get to know your partner really well, it is best not to start shopping for wedding gowns too early in the process. The reasons are many; when the date of the wedding is really distant; your entire attitude towards shopping for the dress may be casual and may just be a complete waste of time. Alternatively, you may just fall in love with a particular dress but not in a position to buy it because you really haven’t budgeted for it or the rest of the details still have not been firmed up.
It is best to go shopping; once the venue and the theme have been fixed as then you can choose the gown that goes perfectly with the occasion. Also, keep in mind that your choice of the color of the dresses of the bridesmaids will influence whether you select a pristine white or a shade that is off-white. However, do keep in mind that the delivery of gowns can take months, and you don’t want to end up paying more to rush it.


Not Allowing for Extra Expenses

It is very important for you to have a budget and ensure that you stick to it. You also need to make sure that you do not blow up the entire amount on the dress because you have got to keep something in hand for the alteration, and some retailers can charge you extra for tax and delivery. Remember, you also need to buy a veil, undergarments, and accessories such as shoes and jewelry that go towards completing the bridal look. You would hardly like to miss out on the exquisite tungsten wedding bands that you had set your heart on just because of poor budgeting.


Choosing From Too Large a Selection

It is really vital that you resist the temptation of trying out too many wedding dresses because it is a surefire way of getting really confused. The real reason why brides tend to try on too many bridal dresses is because they really do not know what they are looking for and they do not want to end the shopping experience because that would mean that they would have to commit to a choice. Looking at too many options can make you forget what your original intentions were, and the people advising you will also tend to get tired of the process. The best thing is to try on about five to seven dresses and choose one if you really like it.


Letting Steep Discounts Influence You

Wedding gowns can be really expensive and it can be quite easy to be lured by steep discounts especially that applied to sample sales. You have to bear in mind that these sample gowns have been already tried on by countless brides, and may be stained or even damaged. While it is best to avoid them altogether, in case you really fall in love with one, be sure to examine it thoroughly to see if there’s anything that can’t be fixed easily, as otherwise you could be spending more than what you saved on repairs.

Sujain Thomas

Sujain Thomas is a fashion blogger as well as a fashion director at She has gained popularity in the world of fashion and her fashion blog is read by thousands every week.

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