7 Mistakes Brides-to-Be Make When Shopping for their Wedding Dress

Shopping for the dress of your dreams is not always so easy, sometimes brides make mistakes that mean that the dress they choose isn’t always the best choice. Here are the 9 errors that brides often make when they go to buy their dress – avoid them at all costs!

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Photo: The Creative Shot

1. Bringing an Entourage

It is true that the wedding dress is something super important and that the bride needs different opinions to feel safe in her choice. However, having ten opinions makes the decision even more difficult since it is impossible to please so many people and still please yourself.

The ideal scenario would be to go with two people maximum and, one of them, male, either a brother, your father, or even a friend. Many brides usually take their mother, sisters, aunts, and some friends. You also have to bear in mind that there will be differing opinions due to the generational gap and that personal impressions are sometimes motivated by other criteria such as price, current trends and, logically, personal preferences.

You can go to the dress try-on with your mother and your brother for example, and another day, when you have to decide between three or four designs, take your best friend. Try not to confuse too many opinions!

2. Buying too far in advance

In most cases, as soon as a woman gets engaged, the first thing she does is to start looking for dresses – just to get an idea. The truth is that the moment the bride begins to try on dresses, inevitably she will fall in love with one and this makes it a problem if she has no intention of buying it yet. In other words, try not to visit bridal boutiques until you are ready to make a purchase.

It is important to get some criteria straight before purchasing your dress as some factors can influence the style of it. Consider the venues, the date, the style of the ceremony and the party, as well as the predominant color of the decoration. Of course, don’t leave buying it until the last moment, as this is even more problematic. The ideal time to purchase your dress is about five to eight months before the wedding.

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Noire et Blanche
Photo: Noire et Blanche

3. Getting influenced by sales

Don’t let price reductions tempt you and cloud your judgment. It is true that some designers have incredible discounts on some occasions, either because of excess stock or because the collection will be removed.

If you find a design that you like and you feel great in, don’t wait for it to go on sale because it’s possible that it will only happen the following year. Whether the price of a dress is going to be lowered or not is something that’s dependent on many factors so it shouldn’t influence your decision, especially if you don’t want to risk missing out on the dress you truly love.

Miguel Crespí
Photo: Miguel Crespí

4. Trying on too many dresses

The search for the dress can become a laborious and time-consuming job. Focus on the type of dress you want and that you feel good in and once you find it, do not keep trying “just in case”! Keep in mind that if you try on too many dresses, you will lose focus, which can be disastrous. Also, don’t forget to personalize your dress in some way. The wedding planner team from Living las Bodas says that it is a total mistake not to give the dress a personal touch: “look for the one who makes you feel yourself and personalize it with something that makes it different: an applique at the waist or hip, a different fabric, a risky complement … that reflects your personality!”

5. Choosing the wrong size

The sizes of wedding dresses don’t usually correspond to street dress sizes so sometimes it is a little harder to get it right the first time. A good sales clerk will help you choose the one that best suits you so that you can relax, and know that there are still some tweaks to be made to adapt it to your figure.

If you insist on a particular size/your usual dress size, it may squash your bust or leave you slack at the waist. If you need a bigger size, don’t take it personally, just choose the one that fits like a glove, regardless of size.

Carla Aymat Photography
Photo: Carla Aymat Photography

6. Trying on a dress that you can’t afford

This error is monumental in the sense that it is very hard to have to lower expectations. If you start to try on dresses in a price bracket beyond the one that you can afford, you’ll fall in love with one and then when you have to look at the dresses within your budget, it’ll be difficult for you to stop referring to the one you can’t afford! Be aware of your budget and do not try on dresses that don’t work with it. Dreaming is fine, but do it with your feet on the ground!

7. Not taking into account extra costs

While it’s true that the dress has a marked initial price, there may be extra expenses for added embroidery, alterations, etc… It is important that you’re aware that these extra costs will increase the total price of the dress and in some cases, they are unavoidable. Not to mention shoes, veil, hair accessories, jewelry and any other accessories necessary to complete your bridal outfit.

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Knowing the possible faults that most brides make when choosing their dress means that you can try to avoid those mistakes when choosing your own. Keep in mind that the biggest mistake you can make is not to buy the dress when you find it, in case you see something better later. It’s like love: once you’ve found it, you’re absolutely sure and you do not have to look any further.

For more dress inspiration, make sure to check out our wedding dress galleries!

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