The Best and Worst Wedding Dress Buying Tips, According to Real Brides
After announcing an engagement, a newly engaged couple often finds themselves overwhelmed with a wave of good wishes, but also unsolicited advice. From must-see honeymoon spots to money-saving tips that will keep their budget intact, engagement news typically promotes their fair share of exchanges, including conversations that begin with“Why don’t you try…”, “Have you heard of….“, and “Maybe you should…”. For the most part, there are nuggets of wisdom in all premarital advice, but there are also circumstances where the advice may be unwelcome.
This is especially true when buying a wedding dress. Just as some silhouettes work and some don’t, there are a few suggestions you should apply, and a few you can ignore (respectfully, of course). Considering the number of dresses to sort out when buying the First, hearing from someone who has gone through the process can be invaluable, but still, too many comments can be overwhelming.
For those currently searching for their dream dress, amid browsing through information from friends and family, we’re here to say you’re not alone. We spoke with 10 real brides who shared the best and worst shopping advice they received while planning their big day. Read on to see everything they had to say.
From trusting your instincts to keeping an open mind, here are some of the top tips real brides have received during their bridal shopping experience.
Trust your own instincts
“The best advice I’ve ever received is to trust my own vision – whatever it is! Don’t let people talk you out of it. At the end of the day, it’s your special day and your body. You must honor this by doing what feels right to you. Jaye Falcioni, Toronto, Canada
Stay true to your personal style
“The best advice I’ve ever received is that your dress is for you, not for someone else. Shopping for a wedding dress is a fun affair: a day with the most important women in your life to celebrate you. However, more people mean more opinions (some of which may not agree with each other, not to mention your vision). Remember that your wedding dress should be the one you you choose, not the one chosen for you. You want your dress to reflect what makes you feel beautiful and confident. Your future husband will think you are a knockout no matter what. – Jessica Sisco, New York, NY
“Don’t try to make your wedding the riskiest outfit of your life, but try to be original.” – Claudia Fernandez, La Coruña, Spain
Consider the wedding venue
“Another tip I found useful was to consider the location and the elements. I was in love with this Galia Lahav dress, but the girl I worked with pointed out that it would be very hot during my destination wedding [and] to take this into account. After taking this into account, I opted for another Galia Lahav dress which is also beautiful but so light and airy that I will definitely be more comfortable on the big day. There are enough things you need to worry about on your wedding day without having to think about how you feel in your dress. – Ksenia Edwards, Toronto, Canada
keep an open mind
“I was told to keep an open mind to different styles that I might like because you never know until you try it. I traveled to Chicago to try what I thought this was my dream dress and was immediately disappointed. It’s best to keep an open mind and know that your preferences may change. Mauree Bowman, Detroit, MI
“Don’t judge a dress by the hanger. Trust the consultant and give it a try. One of my best picks was the one I would never have selected commercially. – Jessica Anderson, Toronto, Canada
“Try different styles, even ones that don’t initially appeal to you. Everything looks different and you might surprise yourself!!” – Anna Childress, Los Angeles, CA
Find a good tailor
“The best piece of advice I ever received was actually a recommendation to a fine dress tailor. Although I loved the color and silhouette of my dress, it needed a lot of help getting it to where I was. wanted to be in. My tailor was an absolute genius and added all sorts of subtle alterations to my dress to make sure it stayed in place all day, and that I felt confident and enhanced in the best way. Letticia Cosbert Miller, Toronto, Canada
Research, Research, Research!
“I’m so glad I listened when I was told to research what kind of dress styles I might like before my wedding date. I knew I wanted sleeves and crystals, so walking in, I knew exactly what I was looking for. Gabriella Alvarado, Yuba City, CA
Ahead, the worst advice brides have received while shopping for their wedding dresses. But before we dive in, it’s important to remember that what is considered “bad” advice for some may be useful for others.
Listen to the opinions of others
“Taking too many opinions into consideration! Shopping for wedding dresses was one of the craziest experiences of planning my own wedding. It really seems like everyone around you has an opinion on what you should look like on the big day. – Jaye Falcioni, Toronto, Canada
“I didn’t receive any noticeable bad advice when shopping for dresses, but I wish I had never asked anyone for their opinion on the dresses I liked, especially when they hadn’t seen the dress on me. in person. No one knows what you love more than yourself. These opinions troubled me more than helped, and I think they ultimately drove me into marriage madness in a way that I I was trying to avoid.Weddings and wedding dresses are polarizing because everyone has very different ideas of what they should look like and look like. It’s so personal, so it’s better to follow your instincts than to be carried away by the opinion of others! – Naomi Nachmani, Toronto, Canada
Stick to a specific silhouette
“I’ve been told I’d look better in a prom dress with a low waist because I’m tall – that’s not true. I don’t think anyone should be told what they will look best on. until he tries on several styles himself. Your dress should make you feel your best, and you’ll recognize ONE when you put it on and you can’t help but smile!” – Anna Childress, Los Angeles, CA
Say “yes to the dress” quickly
“I’ve been told that when you think a dress is ‘the right one’, don’t overthink it and get it – that advice may work for some, but not all. Dress shopping is exciting, emotional and can be overwhelming. Feeling the pressure to say “yes” to the dress may not allow you the time you need to explore your options and decide which one is right. Jessica Sisco, New York, NY
Size up when buying a dress
“I was advised to buy the dress a size larger as it will be an easy fix for my seamstress and will leave room for possible weight gain. This advice was horrible as I ended up paying double for my dress after the tailoring bill. The tailor basically had to reshape my dress because of all the extra fabric. – Mauree Bowman, Detroit, MI
A white wedding dress is a must
“A lot of people told me that I would regret not wearing a white dress. I am from the Caribbean and my maternal grandmother was Indian and Hindu so I used to see brides on this side of my family in red dresses (especially in old photographs) Although it wasn’t something I had considered for myself until I was engaged and in the market for a married, it immediately felt right to me. Cultural significance aside, I just felt amazing in it. Standing in that dressing room, I just knew it would be a showstopper and I’d want to wear it again and again, which made it a winner.Letticia Cosbert Miller, Toronto, Canada
Bring a group of friends when shopping
“I was told to bring an entourage and make it memorable, but I found that sometimes you end up with too many opinions and judgments. Instead, take the people who are honest, who always support and who will experience you. Jessica Anderson, Toronto, Canada
Try on as many dresses as possible
“The worst piece of advice I received was to try on lots of different styles because you never know what you’re going to love. I tried doing that in the first bridal store I went to and I found this incredibly overwhelming and disheartening. At the end of the day, I think you know what styles you like and what works on your body, so it’s better to be more efficient when shopping for clothes. You’ll experience a lot more positive! Ksenia Edwards, Toronto, Canada
“The worst piece of advice I ever received was to ‘save the best for last’. I tried on my favorite dress first and ended up choosing it! When you know you know. – Gabriella Alvarado, Yuba City, CA