Finding a wedding dress is one of the most exciting and stressful parts of preparing for your special day. Brides feel a lot of pressure to find their dream wedding gown that will tie everything together. To take some weight off your shoulders, let’s take a look at some insider tips for finding the perfect wedding dress for your special day.
Finding an excellent bridal shop is essential when on the prowl for a dreams-come-true wedding gown. But how do you know where to begin with so many options? A bridal show, of course! These events host reputable and experienced wedding vendors from around the region, making it the perfect place to choose from a broad selection of world-class bridal shops. You’ll have an opportunity to see some of the hottest new dresses on display and schedule appointments with your favorite shops.
Try on a lot of dresses.
Hollywood is rife with dress-hunting scenes where lucky brides end up finding the perfect gown after trying on only two or three dresses. In reality, finding the perfect wedding gown is just as much trial and error as it is a process of elimination. The more dresses you can count out of the running, the closer you are to finding the one. So make sure to schedule ample time at shops to try on a lot of dresses until stumble upon your ideal choice.
Get out of your comfort zone.
Most brides have developed a vision of their dream wedding dress or at least a good glimpse of what it looks like. Although you should pursue this idea, you shouldn’t let it bar you from expanding out of your comfort zone. You never know what designs, materials, and cuts you could fall in love with until you give them a shot. If you schedule enough appointments – which you should! – you’ll have all the time you need to experiment and explore.
Dress for the season.
If you’re having an outdoor wedding, it’s crucial to take the seasonal weather into account when choosing a wedding dress. Spring and fall weddings offer the most flexibility because of the mild weather. Summer weddings and winter dates are less forgiving. If you’re tying the knot in the heat, a looser, lighter, and breathable gown is an excellent choice. On the flip side, you’ll need a thicker, heavier wedding dress when tackling the winter chill on your special day.
Break with tradition.
The only person who has to like your wedding dress is – you guessed it – you! It’s your special day so unburden yourself from any pressures you’re feeling to conform with tradition. Think having a long train is annoying? Choose a tea-length dress instead. Worried about tripping while wearing a veil? Opt for a fancy hairpiece. Try your best to limit outside influences when it comes to choosing your dream dresses. Your heart knows best!
Make note of things you like.
As you try on various styles of wedding dresses, you’ll find certain characteristics that stick out to you. The dress as a whole might not pique your interest, but maybe you loved the cut, the material, the length, or the color. Keeping detailed notes about elements you like in different dresses you see or try on can make it easier to pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for in your dream gown.
Mind the budget.
Wedding dresses can range in price from a just few hundred to several thousand dollars. Although there’s a fairy-tale element to searching for the perfect wedding dress, you don’t want to end up going over budget. Determining a budget before even trying on gowns can make it easier to remain within your price range while ensuring you don’t accidentally fall in love with a dress that’s a bit too pricey.
One of the best places to start when planning your dream wedding is a bridal show where you can meet with professional vendors who can help carry out your special day. Register your wedding today to get ‘early release’ discount tickets to the annual Portland Bridal Show – one of Oregon’s leading wedding exhibitions When you register, you’ll automatically receive industry updates only shared with vendors. Don’t forget to claim your Mystery Swag Box too!