Shopping for your perfect dress can be stressful, but we want to make it fun and easy!

Here are the 8 mistakes brides can make while bridal gown shopping…

1. Shopping too early or too late

Remember, you need at least 4-6 months or more to order a gown and then you will need time for your alterations. So you should start shopping and find your gown 8-10 months before your wedding. Starting to early will lead to shopping before you’re ready to say yes, and shopping too late will limit your options on what will be available in such a short period of time.

2. Not making an appointment

When you are ready to find your perfect gown, make sure you do your research and find the shop or shops you would like to visit. Make sure you schedule an appointment with these shops before they fill up and there are no open times and this will also allow a stylist to be available to work with you during your appointment. Most bridal boutiques require appointments,and scheduling a few weeks before will give you more options and available times to choose from.

3. Large Entourages

We know you want your family and friends to be apart of this exciting moment, but just remember they will all get to be apart of the more exciting moments on your big day. So keep your entourage small, 1-4 guests is a great number to bring with you. Large entourages turn into too many opinions and less focus on what you as the bride are loving and looking for. Make sure to only invite the people who know you best and who’s opinions you value the most. We want to keep the focus on you!

4. Unrealistic budget

Do your research not only on the gown styles you think you might love, but also on the prices of the gowns you are loving. Depending on the designer, materials, and styles, bridal gowns can vary in pricing. Choose your budget and stick to it once you start shopping, but don’t forget other costs that come with the gown price tag. You will need to factor in the gown, alterations, and accessories. Keep this all in mind when you go gown shopping and set a budget.


5. Not being open minded

Most brides see photos of gowns and think they know exactly what they want to wear on their big day, but keep an open mind. You never know what you are going to like until you see it on your own body. Once you’ve tried on a few gowns, it’s good to narrow it down to one style, but just remember to keep an open mind when you go into your first appointment.

6. Trying on too many gowns

Too much of a good thing, is not always good. Scheduling too many appointments and trying on too many gowns is not going to help you in the long run. We understand wanting to make sure, but after trying on gown after gown they will all blur together and it will only become more confusing and frustrating in the end. Let yourself enjoy your bridal moment and if you think you found the one, say YES! no matter how many gowns you’ve tried on. It could be your first or your sixth, just enjoy the moment.

7. Trying gowns you can’t afford

Going back to setting your budget and sticking to it. Don’t let yourself try on gowns you have no intention on buying. This leads to falling in love with a gown you know you can’t get and having exceptions that can’t be met in other gowns. Always stay within your budget and you can’t go wrong.

8. Wrong size

Don’t plan for a future that is too unpredictable. Forcing your stylists to order a gown too small because you plan to loss weight puts way too much pressure on yourself and your stylists. It is much easier to take a gown in then to let it out. Order or purchase the gown that fits you at the time of your appointment, it’s better to be safe than sorry!


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