Wednesday, December 30, 2015

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Wedding Dress Shopping

Buying a wedding dress is a once-in-a-lifetime event.  Since you don't do this all of the time, there are a few things about bridal gown shopping that you probably aren't aware of. Angelus Bridal & Formals has put together a list of common mistakes to avoid when you begin searching for your dream wedding dress.  Avoiding the mistakes that we have seen many brides make can help you to have a much easier, more successful shopping trip.  

1.  Procrastination

Putting off wedding dress shopping too long can really hurt your chances of getting the perfect dress in time for your wedding.  You may find it, but if you are shopping too close to the wedding date, there may not be time to order it and make any necessary alterations. The earlier you begin looking for your wedding gown, the sooner you can order it.  Aim for making the purchase at least 8 months before the wedding date.  This will leave plenty of time for alterations and accessory shopping.  

2.  Shopping hungry.

If you are lucky, that first dress that you try on will be "the one" and you're all done!  Most likely, that will not be the case.  Finding the perfect dress usually requires trying on many dresses until you find your style.  Make sure that you eat a light meal, and maybe even keep a snack in your purse, in case the shopping takes longer than you are expecting. Trying on dresses when your stomach is growling and you are weak from hunger is not a pleasant experience. 

3.  Only trying on one type of dress.

You should definitely look through magazines and "window shop" online a little before you go shopping, but keep an open mind.  Every style looks different on every body.  Something that you absolutely love in a photo may not look the same on you.  Also, something that you aren't terribly fond of on the hanger could look amazing once you put it on.  Be open to trying on a few different styles when you start out so that you can find the direction to keep looking.  

4.  Ignoring your consultant's opinion.

The dress consultant's at Angelus Bridal & Formals are experts when it comes to bridal fashion.  They are each trained to know what we have in stock, what looks good on different body shapes, and also to listen to your wants and needs.  Listening to your dress consultant could save you a lot of time wasted on the wrong dresses. 

5.  Keeping your opinion to yourself.

At the end of the day, the only opinion that truly matters is the brides!  You will be the one wearing the dress, so only you know which one is the right one.  A consultant is there to guide you, but if you don't like something that they have to say, speak up.  It won't hurt their feelings.  The same goes for anyone that is dress shopping with you.  Hopefully you only brought people whose opinion you trust, but it's not their dress, it's yours.  Don't be too shy or let someone push you around. 

6.  Buying a dress that doesn't fit you now.  

Many brides come in planning to lose weight before the wedding.  Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't.  The safest bet is to buy a dress that fits you comfortably at the size you are right now.  If you do lose weight, you should have plenty of time to have the gown altered.  It's a lot simpler to make a dress smaller than to make one bigger.  Ordering something that is too small for you could mean that you cannot wear that dress, forcing you to scramble at the last minute to find another.  

7.  Being surprised by a church's dress restrictions.

If you are getting married in a church, be aware that some have dress codes that you must follow.  It would be terrible to find out that your dream dress does not fall under the approved guidelines.  Knowing any restrictions before you begin shopping makes it much easier to work within them.  

Avoiding these seven commonly made mistakes will help to make your bridal dress shopping experience a happy one.  The best wedding dress store in South Florida is here to guide you through the entire process.  When you make an appointment to try on our wedding gowns, you are the center of attention.  The consultants at Angelus Bridal & Formals will do everything in our power to help you find that dream wedding dress.    

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