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How to Go About Shopping for Your Wedding Gown

After getting engaged, the first thing that most women think about is, “What am I going to wear?” Many brides have been dreaming of their wedding since childhood and have an image in their head of the perfect wedding gown.

Others never wear a dress if they don’t have to, and have no idea where to begin.

Finding the one gown that makes you feel like a bride is a lot like finding the right man to marry – for some women its love at first sight, while for others it seems like an endless search!

Keep these tips in mind when you start your hunt, and hopefully, you will find bridal gown shopping to be a wonderful experience.

Avoid shopping for your wedding gown with a large group

Do not bring an entourage when you go gown shopping. You’ve heard the expression, “Too many cooks spoil the soup?” – It applies to bridal gown selection as well.

One or two people is the most that you should bring. Choose wisely – you may have to bring your mother, but if you do not have a similar taste, make sure that the person you invite will see things from your point of view.

If you have too many friends or family members with you, they end up just chatting with each other and lose focus on helping you with your selection.

Bring pictures of the gowns you like to help the wedding gown consultant understand your taste

Bring photos from magazines of styles that strike your fancy. Even if you only love the top of one and the bottom of another, it will give your consultant a quick way to learn your taste in gowns.

Most appointments last only an hour, so it helps to come prepared with ideas. Be open to suggestion. Your bridal consultant has worked with hundreds of women and can tell at a glance what styles will be most flattering to your figure.

She will also be intimately familiar with the gowns in her shop and will know which ones look terrible on the hanger but beautiful on a bride.

You might be pleasantly surprised. You can also show the consultant the flower girl dresses pictures and get their opinion.

Review the designer’s size chart with your consultant

Do not be discouraged if the sample dresses do not fit. Wedding gown stores usually stock the samples in only one size but don’t get hung up if it is too large or too small.

Your gown will be ordered based on your actual measurements. Also, be aware that sizing for bridal gowns is not the same as for other clothing. It is common to order a dress two sizes larger than your usual size.

If you are concerned, review the designer’s size chart with your consultant. Also, remember to fit.

When you find the gown that takes your breath away or brings a tear to your eye, go for it! You would be surprised how often the very first gown that a bride tries on turns out to be “the one.”

After you decide on your dress, you will still have the fun of choosing your ivory flower girl dresses. You will find that selecting your bridal jewellery is much easier than it was to choose the perfect gown since you will be able to draw inspiration from the style of your dress.


Don’t take gown shopping too seriously! Enjoy the process; it’s a once in a lifetime experience, and it’s not every day that you get to feel like a princess wearing a spectacular gown.

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