7 Wedding Dress common mistakes that a bride could make
As a soon-to-be bride, choosing a wedding dress is a huge commitment — just like when you said yes to your fiance. Wedding dress shopping can be such a fun and special experience. Yet with the wealth of styles, materials, and places from which to choose, how do you even begin searching for a dress — let alone choose one? No bride-to-be wants to deal with buyer’s remorse.
Here’s an excellent starting point. Heed these seven wedding dress warnings and you can learn from previous brides’ mistakes.
Don’t wait to purchase a dress until a month or two before your wedding. Wedding dress shopping is not the same as buying your average frock. Unless you plan to purchase something off the rack, order your dress at least nine to 12 months before your wedding date.
The reason you need this much time is because your dress will be made to order. Once the dress arrives, you will also likely need several appointments with a seamstress for alterations. (More on alterations below.)
- Neglecting to Set a Budget
Finding the dress of your dreams only to learn it’s too expensive can be devastating. Set your budget before choosing a dress. This tip may seem like common sense, but with the seemingly endless options, it can be all too tempting to fall in love with a dress that exceeds your price point.
Realistic expectations will also help narrow your choices for a dress much quicker. Decide how much money to set aside for accessories, as well.
- Inviting a Large Group
You booked your wedding dress appointment. Now, who to bring? You don’t want to exclude anyone. Proceed with caution, though, because too many personalities and opinions can ruin your experience. Remember, you’re the one who will be wearing the dress!
This is an intimate occasion, so consider who you want at your side. Maybe you would love to share this day with your mom, grandma, sister and/or best friend. Whomever you choose, invite only the people whose opinions you trust and value. There are other events leading up to your wedding (bridal shower, bachelorette party, etc.) that are more conducive to a larger group of people.
- Underestimating Accessories
No bride wants to look cookie-cutter. Yet with all the other details that go into wedding planning, it’s easy to put accessories for your dress on the back burner. That said, bridal accessories are like icing on the wedding cake. Whether you choose something old, new, borrowed or blue, the right accessories customize and complete your look. Have fun and experiment. A pastel satin belt can cinch your waist while adding interest, for example, while glamorous pendant earrings could set off your elegant updo. Even a simple pearl necklace with a strapless dress accentuates your upper body. Also, don’t forget the right veil and shoes. There are so many stunning options.
- Skimping on Alterations
The point of alterations is to get the dress to fit your body perfectly. Do you really want to risk tripping down the aisle (in front of all your guests) because your dress is too long? Enlist the help of a seamstress who is experienced with bridal attire. The money you spend will be worth it. Wedding dresses are often delicate and complex, and a seamstress’s expert knowledge is invaluable.
- Opting for Bright White
There’s no rule that says all brides have to wear stark white — even if that was the norm for previous generations. This shade may not be the most flattering for your complexion. In fact, bright white can make some skin tones look sickly. From ivory to champagne or even blush, there are so many shades that could look better with your coloring.
- Choosing Trendy Instead of Timeless
That edgy dress may look amazing on you, but fashion is fleeting. When you have the choice between a dress that’s trendy or timeless, choose timeless. While every bride should wear a dress that reflects her tastes, wedding photos will stand the test of time. You don’t want to look at those photos 10-plus years later, only to cringe at your dress.
Don’t derail your efforts with these easy-to-make mistakes. Most importantly, you should feel beautiful on your wedding day. Wearing a dress you love and feel confident in certainly helps.
Author Bio: Jack Mizrahi is the owner of French Novelty, a family-owned formal designer gown business founded in 1911. He has 48 years of experience in the industry and focuses on overlooking production and management for the company.