When it comes to wedding dress shopping, many brides tend to make some common mistakes. These mistakes usually come as a result of the brides’ unwillingness to look beyond their ideal vision that they have in their head, as well as unpreparedness. However, purchasing wedding dresses should not be a fruitless, stressful affair. Instead, it should be an enjoyable, fulfilling and memorable one. To make it that way, make sure to avoid making some of the following mistakes.
Not paying attention to your budget
Unless you have a near-bottomless budget, you should always have an idea of how much you can spend. Of course, your budget will go pretty far if you opt for a discount wedding dress. However, even in that case, you should know your limit, to avoid overspending.
Forgetting about the extra costs
When you plan your budget for a wedding dress, you should keep in mind that the wedding dress will not be the only thing you will wear. Therefore, you will have to consider your underwear, shoes, and a veil, if you plan on wearing one. Additionally, you should also account for any jewelry (unless you already have your own), as well as your makeup and hair.
Too many opinions
When purchasing such an important piece of clothing, you should bring someone along. You can take your sister, best friend, mom, and so on. Regardless of whom you choose, it should be someone you trust and expect to give their honest opinion. They should do that and not try to influence you to get a dress they like instead of the one you like. In this case, bringing more than two people will only result in many conflicting opinions, which will only make your choice even more difficult,
Shopping too late or too early
If you plan to purchase from factory outlets, then shopping too late should not be your concern, given how the dresses will not have to be made from scratch. However, you should still try to leave enough time for any changes and modifications. On the other hand, when it comes to shopping early, you will need to have your wedding venue and date booked, as both of these will influence your dress choice. Also, if you are not quite ready to make your purchase, you could easily come across a lovely dress, one that is not available when you have the money.
Testing a dress with improper underwear
Yes, buying a wedding dress is a special, perhaps one-in-a-time occasion. However, that does not mean you should get all dressed up when going shopping. For that matter, you should wear a well-fitting bra, given how you will most likely require some extra support under your dress. In general, you should wear nothing but your casual, everyday clothes. Also, you should avoid putting on excessive makeup, to avoid smudging it off on to the dress.
Not doing any research
Before you make your choice, you should have a general idea of what you want. Of course, knowing the wedding venue and the theme of the ceremony will help a great deal, but do try to spend some time researching a variety of dresses and styles. Maybe you prefer detailed, complex dresses to the more plain ones or a built-in train to a detachable one. If you don’t know where to start, you cannot expect to make a good purchase.