Say "I Don’t" to Dress Regret: Shopping Savvy

Say "I Don’t" to Dress Regret: Shopping Savvy

Dearest Brides To Be🌸

Stepping into the world of wedding dress shopping is like embarking on a magical journey filled with tulle, lace, and endless bridal dreams. As exhilarating as it sounds, the path to finding that dream gown can be sprinkled with a few unexpected twists and turns. Before you dive into a sea of white and ivory, let's navigate some common pitfalls together. Grab your favorite beverage, settle in, and let’s chat about the dos and don'ts of wedding dress shopping. Ready? Let's get started! 

Wedding dress shopping beautiful wedding gowns on a rack.

1. Don't Overcommit on Your First Visit:
I get it; you've watched all those wedding shows, and you might feel the pressure to say 'yes' to the dress during your first shopping trip. But remember, it's okay to take a breath, sleep on it, and return another day. You want to be sure it's THE one, not just a spur-of-the-moment decision.

A bride with her bridesmaids lined up holding balloons smiling.

2. Avoid Bringing Too Many People:
While it's tempting to bring your entire bride tribe along, too many opinions can sometimes cloud your judgment. Choose a select few whose opinions you genuinely value and trust. This will make the experience more intimate and true to what you want.

Wedding on the beach with bride and groom barefoot in the sandy water

3. Don't Forget Your Budget:
Ah, budgets – not the most exciting topic, I know! But it's crucial to have a clear idea of what you're willing to spend. Falling in love with a dress that's way out of your price range can lead to unnecessary heartache. Stick to your budget, and remember, there's beauty at every price point.

hot pink bra with roses

4. Avoid Wearing the Wrong Undergarments:
Trust me on this one! Wear nude, seamless underwear and a strapless bra if possible. It'll help you get a clearer picture of how each dress truly looks and feels. Plus, you'll be grateful for the extra comfort during those long fittings.

Beautiful bride with yellow and orange flowers in her hair

5. Don't Ignore Your Comfort:
Speaking of comfort, while it's easy to get swept away by the beauty of a gown, remember you'll be wearing it for hours. Ensure you can move, sit, and dance (oh yes, those dance moves are crucial!) comfortably. You want to enjoy your day without any wardrobe hiccups.

A sign that says "want to hang out with me forever"?

6. Avoid Shopping Too Early or Too Late:
It might sound odd, but timing is everything. Start shopping too early, and you might feel overwhelmed with choices. Shop too late, and you risk rush fees and limited options. Aim for that sweet spot – ideally, 9-12 months before your big day.

bride and groom in the middle of the mountain plain

7. Don't Forget the Venue:
While it's tempting to fall for that Cinderella ball gown, remember to consider your venue. A beach wedding might not be the best match for a heavy, elaborate dress, just as a grand ballroom might dwarf a simple, delicate gown.

pink bows and threads and lace on a table

8. Avoid Neglecting Alteration Costs:
Here's a sneaky one! Many brides forget to factor in alteration costs. Remember, most dresses will need some tweaking to ensure that perfect fit. Keep this in mind when budgeting.

happy bride holding balloons smiling with sunglasses

9. Don't Compare Yourself to Others:
Lastly, and most importantly, your journey is unique. It's easy to get caught up in comparison, especially with social media showcasing countless stunning brides. But remember, your dress is a reflection of YOU. Choose what feels right for you, irrespective of trends or opinions.

Alright, lovely lady, there you have it! A little heart-to-heart from someone who's been there. Enjoy every moment of this journey, cherish the memories, and know that no matter what, you'll be a radiant bride on your special day. 

As always, I am cheering you on every step of the way!

Warm Wishes,

Margo West

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