By Erica Kuntzelmann
So you’ve found the venue, secured the date, and maybe even have a photographer picked out whose Instagram you’ve been stalking for photo inspo (Mary Meck Weddings, I’m talking about you!). Everything seems to be falling into place pretty well and the time has come for you to start looking for…
The idea of having to try on countless wedding dresses one after another can be exciting for some and daunting for others. There is no easy way to say this but when searching for the dress, it can be quite the process. Maybe you’re dying to try a dress on you found on theknot.com, in Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine, or the holy grail of creative search platforms, Pinterest. You find a bridal shop nearby has the dress and with your family and trusted group of friends, you begin the adventure of dress shopping! EEEKK!
Then the moment you never expected happens, your dream dress looks nothing like it did on the model in the photo and nothing like you envisioned. In fact, it couldn’t be more obvious that this is NOT “the dress”. While this moment can be heart wrenching and truly just a huge moment of sadness, it’s not the end of the world. I know what you’re thinking, ‘you just told me the dress is important and now you’re telling me not to panic!’ allow me to explain the method to my madness…
A wedding dress is nothing like anything you’ve ever worn unless you are one of the few lucky gals to have custom designer duds hanging in your closet. BTW, super jealous if you are. The fit, the style and the fabric are just a few pieces of the dress that make it so unique. I have compiled the top 5 things to consider when searching for your wedding dress.
#5 Venue & Season –
No one wants to be wearing a gorgeous lace long sleeve dress in the middle of July in Austin, Texas. Catch my drift? If you’re having a destination wedding, look at the average weather temps for the venue area from past years. This should give you a pretty good idea of what to expect! And maybe opt out of the ball gown with a cathedral length veil if you’re having an intimate soiree in the mountains.
#4 If first you don’t succeed, try again, and again and again –
Different shops carry different designers which means there are lots of dresses out there! Many shops will even order a sample gown specifically for you. Your sales associate is there to help navigate the aisles of the shop and she will most likely pull a few different styles. Try them ALL on! Again, this dress is different from anything you’ve worn before and you may be shocked at what you end up liking the most.
#3 Price –
Dare I even say it but it can be the deciding factor. Budget. The price on the tag isn’t the final amount. Depending on what city you’re in, sales tax can add a good chunk of change onto that price tag. And don’t forget alterations. The more intricate your dress is the higher the cost of alterations can be. Decide on what your all in budget is for your dress then subtract the tax and alterations and be honest with your sales associate. If you don’t tell them a $5000 dress is too much, they’re going to assume it’s not.
#2 Time is your friend –
Allow yourself plenty of time to shop around and see what all is out there. Ideally, you should order your dress 6-9 months prior to the big day. But the last thing you want to be doing is rushing to find it!
#1 Be true to yourself and let your personality shine –
Let’s be honest, while having your family and friends join in on the dress shopping adventure is super fun, sometimes having too many cooks in the kitchen can be messy. It’s easy to be persuaded a certain way when you have 5 people saying they’ve never seen you look better! (feel free to waft in this moment, I mean, it IS your day) It’s true what they say, when you know you know and believe me, you will have all the feels when you find your dress. Everyone will have their favorite, just be sure to choose yours! The person standing at the end of that aisle loves you for all that you are and not the dress that you’re wearing.