For some people the scariest part of getting married comes way before ‘I do’ - yep, wedding dress shopping. Buying a wedding dress can turn the most chilled person into 'Bridezilla', but why do people get so stressed? Well it's a big decision not helped by the fact that the shops are different ("You might have to order it months in advance?!"), the sizing is different ("I'm a size what?! Alterations?") and even the language is different ("Illusion what, Bateau who?"). At Dress the Bride we get how confusing it can be, so we've come up with the definitive guide for buying a wedding dress.
Research, research, research. 🤓
The world of wedding dresses is quite different from high street shopping. You’ll hear words like ‘illusion’, ‘sweetheart’, ‘bateau’, and ‘fishtail’. Getting to know some of these styles / terms will give you a better idea of what you want to wear and makes it so much easier when you start visiting shops.
Check out our wedding dress styles guide for examples here.
Make sure you know how much you can spend, you don't want to torture yourself with dresses you can't afford. At Dress the Bride we ask that you pay a 50% deposit for the dress when ordering then pay the second half when the dress arrives, but we can also arrange individual payment plans to make things easier.
Timing is key. 🕰
Check with your local wedding dress stores or boutiques if you need to make appointments to try wedding dresses on, this is common in bridal stores and especially at the weekend.
With some brands dresses are made to order which can sometimes take a few months, so you need to make sure you set enough time aside for it to arrive and for any finishing touches/ alterations to be made. When you start trying dresses remember to check if the dress is available to buy from stock or if it’s ordered how long it might take to arrive.
Stay calm. ✨
When you start trying on dresses you’ll probably want to bring some of your squad for their opinions, but sometimes having so many voices in the room can confuse things. In our experience the best decisions are made when you’re relaxed and comfortable. If you’re not sure which is your dream dress straight away you can always bring your bestie/ mum/ grandma / partner later when you’re trying to decide between your favourite few.
Remember what it's all about. ❤️
This is going to be one of the happiest days of your life, keep that excitement in mind and you won't turn into that old cliché of the dreaded Bridez***a. Stressing over your dress might seem important at the time, but when you look back at this time what will you remember? The length of your train or memories made with your loved ones?