The Quick Fire Wedding Dress Buying Guide That All Brides To Be Must Read

The Quick Fire Wedding Dress Buying Guide That All Brides To Be Must Read


So, it’s getting close to the wedding dress shopping excursion.  Excitement might be in the air but there are also likely to be many questions, and concerns too.  Such as ‘do I take my own underwear?’, ‘what’s the process of buying a dress?’, ‘what do I need to consider?’, and ‘how can I make the whole experience something wonderful by avoiding stress?’.

It’s not like you pop out to buy a wedding dress every day, it’s natural to have some questions, or even miss some useful tips that would have made the process smooth.  So we have put together this guide to help you every step of the way.


Starting with what you might need to consider before you head to the bridal shops, how to go about maintaining momentum, and how to snag the best amount of time and attention from the sales staff at the shop.  


Scheduling Your Wedding Dress Shopping Trip


Shop on a Weekday

Shopping on a weekday will ensure that you have a higher chance of getting more attention from the sales staff, since they won’t be so busy.  You’ll probably get around the shops quicker, and have much more space to sashay, twirl, and gloat over your dress too.


Always Book an Appointment

It’s much better to book an appointment.  If you are heading out to try dresses, you may as well make sure that you can get the undivided attention that you’ll need, and that your salesperson is in the zone if you shop on a quiet day.  You may not be so lucky if you simply walk in.


Skip Day One of Any Sample Sale

If you are attending a sample sale, avoid the first day.  It's just going to be busy, stressful and frustrating. Find out how long the sale runs for and attend later.  The last day may have even more markdowns too.


Who to Bring


Keep it Exclusive

Seriously, don’t bring your ten bridesmaids, your four sisters, your Mum, Nan, Great Aunt Edna and her friends dog along to find your wedding dress.  It’s going to be a nightmare that way. You’ll be distracted by them, and nobody will have the same opinion. Instead take one or two of your closest friends or family members (ideally those gems of friends who are honest and practical with their advice).


Watch the Budget


Make Sure To Factor Everything In Before You Give The Bridal Shop Your Final Budget.

Pay attention to your budget.  Did you budget for your wedding dress on its own and then plan a separate budget for the accessories?  If you didn’t then you need to remember to save some of your budget for such things. Items you are going to need are the veil, jewellery, shoes, hair accessories, underwear, and alterations.  Allocate these costs first, this way you won’t realise later that you’ve blown the budget and then have to either give up the dress or find more money!


Shopping Tips


The Underwear Dilemma

Many bridal shops have a variety of bras in the fitting room.  But if you’ve already picked your underwear, or have a favourite style, or shaper - or just prefer to bring your own underwear then bring it along.   You won’t need your chosen undergarments until your first fitting.


Sample Gowns

Bridal shops cannot possibly carry every gown available, even if they do stock the bridal gown designer that you prefer.  Most will try to obtain a sample of the gown you desire, if you call ahead and ask them. So if you have a specific gown you’d like to try ask the bridal shop to see if there is a chance they could obtain a sample for you.  


Maintain Momentum


Keep on Keeping on.

When you are shopping for a wedding dress, you are going to need bags of momentum.  Especially because you might not find the perfect gown on your first trip out. Which might be disappointing, and the thought of going through all of the trying on again might seem gruelling.  Try to take it in your stride. Keep on trying, there is a beautiful gown out there waiting for you.




Now you’ve made your appointment, on a weekday, and only chosen a few close friends or family to shop with you.  And you’ve requested that sample dress you just love so much - it’s time to make some considerations regarding the dress.  


Here’s what we recommend:


The Dress


  • Consider how your dress will connect, to your wedding venue, or theme. Trying to make a link between the two, will really highlight you as the main attraction (which you will be).  

If you are enjoying a beach wedding, consider lighter fabrics and shorter styles, even cocktail style dresses.  Flat shoes (or bare feet) are often worn on a beach. Some brides might like to embrace the feet, or flats, others might choose to hide them.  To hide them, try a longer floor length dress.


Dresses with a small sweeping trail may look great in photographs but beware! Sand, and delicate fabrics don’t mix!


  • Address your wedding dress dreams.  

Don’t walk away from a dream dress because it doesn’t fit in with your wedding style.  Instead, if you prefer something a little more flamboyant than your wedding style, for example, either consider a cover up to tone down the look, or rock the look and make a statement of it.  

  • Don’t be afraid to do something different with your dress choice. If you don’t want to follow tradition with the traditional white gown, choose something different.  But before you do, just check that your officiant is comfortable with it - some are particular about attire.

  • Make sure that the colour of your dress matches your skin tone.  Some people are more suited to a pure white, others a more creamy tone such as ivory, cream or beige.  Warning! The wrong tone will wash your skin tone out.

  • Shop for Your Body Shape

Remember when trying on gowns that nobody has a one size fits all body, and there are always different shapes to suit different bodies.  


If you are concerned about your weight, or body shape try not to be, and instead try to shop to flatter your shape - if there isn’t a better time to learn to love your body!  


This is where you need to take solid advice from your trusty ‘good at advice’ friends that you’ve chosen to accompany you on the dress hunt, and let them guide you.  But make sure that you have the final decision - you need to feel good, and comfortable in your final choice.




  • Consider Jazzing up the shoes.  

You don’t have to stick to a classic white stiletto.  Instead, if you are into high fashion then stick on your favourite pair of blue Louboutins.  Other ideas are flip flops for a summer wedding, if you are into Doctor Martens wear them - anything goes: Trainers, cowboy boots, snow boots, slippers.


Whatever represents you and your personality will be sure to be a hit on your big day.  But if you like the idea of staying traditional then that’s perfect too!


  • We know that we’ve just suggested that you consider wearing shoes as casual as slippers, doctor martens, or flip flops - but whatever you do, make sure that you don’t dress more casual than your friends. Make sure that your eccentric shoe style - if you choose an eccentric style is still worn with an epic dress.  You want to stand out.


  • Don't be afraid to show off your personality, you can do this with your accessories.  Add a statement sash, bouquet, ear-rings, ring, or hair slide. Just be careful that your necklace choices don’t clash or detract from your dress.  

  • If your dress is very detailed, and intricate, play down the jewellery, even wearing nothing but the engagement ring - don’t forget the engagement ring!




  • Try to find undergarments that match you skin tone as closely as possible, and also consider any body shaping garments that will enhance the look of your dress (just make sure that you can breathe in them!).

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