Planning a wedding is an exciting time, and choosing the perfect wedding dress is a crucial part of the process! However, there are common mistakes that many brides make during the dress shopping journey. To ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience, here are the top 5 wedding dress shopping mistakes to avoid.
1. Not Shopping Early Enough
One of the most common mistakes brides make is not starting their wedding dress shopping early enough. Ideally, you should begin the process 12-14 months before your wedding day. This time frame allows you to explore various designers and styles without the pressure of rush fees, or missing out on gowns you love that are not able to be rushed in time for your wedding. Rush fees can be hefty, ranging from $200 to $1000, depending on the timeline and designer. By finding your dress 12-14 months before your wedding, you can secure the dress of your dreams without any limitations or unnecessary added costs.
2. Not Doing Your Homework
Before diving into the world of wedding dress shopping, it's essential to do your homework. Research bridal stores in your area and choose boutiques that carry a selection of gowns in the styles you love. This preparation sets you up for success, making your shopping experience more efficient and enjoyable. Having a clear idea of the styles you're interested in can also help bridal consultants guide you towards dresses that align with your preferences.
3. Not Sticking to Your Budget
It's crucial to set a realistic budget for your wedding dress and stick to it. Focus on what you want to spend, not what you can or can't afford. Knowing your budget beforehand helps you avoid unnecessary stress and disappointment. When you only try on dresses within your price range, you ensure that you're making choices that align with your financial plans and prevent any budget dilemmas down the road.
4. Not Bringing the Right People
When it comes to wedding dress shopping, less is more. While it's tempting to bring a large entourage, it's advisable to limit your guests to 1-3 people. Keeping your group small ensures you can hear your own thoughts and make a decision that truly resonates with you. We recommend bringing your supporters, and leave the Debby Downers or Nancy Nitpickers at home! This allows for a positive and intimate environment where your close friends or family can share in the joy of the moment.
5. Not Saying “Yes To The Dress” When You’re Having Your Moment!
The excitement of wedding dress shopping can often lead many brides to over-shop. This is a slippery slope that can lead you to overloading yourself and falling into a “FOMO” thought pattern that prevents you from being able to trust your gut and know when you’ve found the one. There’s a stigma around wedding dress shopping that it can be “A Difficult Process”, and we’re here to tell you wedding dress shopping doesn’t have to be hard! Sometimes we’ll see brides find their dress on their first or second appointment and think, “it’s too easy!” and not allow themselves to have their moment. Don’t do this to yourself! The goal of shopping is to find your dress, and if you’ve found it that’s a win! We generally recommend going to 1-3 stores max, brides often get overwhelmed when they’ve gone to more than 3 stores.
By avoiding these common mistakes, you can make the process smoother, more enjoyable, and ensure that you find the perfect gown for your big day! When you’re ready to find your dream wedding dress, book your appointment with our team at Bridal Atelier Montclair!