5 Considerations when Wedding Dress shopping
The wedding dress is a traditional aspect of many weddings nowadays. Traditions around the world differ, with white being the preferred choice for brides in the West, from Norway to Argentina, and red being a more commonly chosen colour for traditional Eastern brides, from South Sudan to Singapore. Whichever type of wedding dress you’re looking for, you’re likely to have some preferences and may take a while to settle on the dress that you will ultimately wear on your wedding day. The process can be costly, long and tiring, but eventually you should get to a point where you find something that you’re sufficiently happy with to part with your cash and commit to wearing it on one of the most photographed and documented days of your life!
When you do start your search for a wedding dress, you’re going to find yourself with a pretty large task on your hands. Whether you have something in mind already or are starting from a completely clear slate, it’s going to take patience and persistence to actually find and secure something you’re happy with. Here are just five considerations that you should keep at the forefront of your mind when dress shopping.
1. Your Budget
The first step that you need to take before even browsing wedding dresses is your budget. Every wedding has a different budget attached to it and you need to determine exactly how much you’re willing to spend on the dress. The cost of different wedding dresses can vary dramatically according to a number of factors including whether it’s designer or not; whether it’s minimalistic and simplistic or extravagant and elaborate; whether it is premade or custom made and much more. It’s estimated that the average bride in the UK will spend around £1300 on their dress, but it’s important to be aware that there are much cheaper and much more expensive options available. Establishing how much you’re willing to spend will help you to determine what falls into your price bracket and can also help sales assistants to recommend appropriate options. You don’t want to be shown a dress that is perfect but not remotely financially feasible!
2. Consider Your Wedding Location
You’re likely to wear your wedding dress throughout most of the day, so you’re going to want to make sure that you’re comfortable and that your dress is appropriate for the location you’re choosing to get married in. If you’re getting married in an indoor venue, you can probably choose whatever you want, as there’s likely to be heating or air conditioning to make the space temperate. However, if you’re having an outdoor wedding, you may need to match your dress choices to the anticipated temperature. For a beach wedding in a hot destination, you may feel overwhelmed or overheat in a multilayer, heavy dress. In a cold outdoor setting, a light lacy dress may leave you catching a chill. Sure, dress shopping revolves largely around aesthetics. But you don’t want to be uncomfortable for the duration of your wedding day. You should be focusing on the event rather than on being too hot or cold.
3. Consider Your Personal Style
Remember that your wedding day should revolve around you and your partner. There may be an element of pressure to stick to certain conventions, but at the end of the day, you should always choose what makes you happiest. This may mean not wearing a dress at all and opting for an alternative piece, like a suit or a jumpsuit. It might mean opting for something that isn’t all white. Perhaps you’d like a bolder colour that is more in line with your personality. There are countless options out there to suit everyone’s preferences. So don’t be afraid to steer away from the expected path and follow your own path instead! Conduct a little research into the countless options that are available to you. Taking a look at others’ weddings and how different ensembles look could really help to inspire you and get the ball rolling with your own decision making process.
4. Start Searching and Shopping Sooner Rather Than Later
Of course, it’s best to start your wedding dress search much sooner rather than later. Finding the perfect dress can sometimes take a lot of searching and you don’t want to find yourself settling for something less than perfect because you’ve simply ran out of time. This step is extremely important if you are having a custom made dress, as dressmaking is time consuming in and of itself and you’ll likely have to attend multiple fittings and refittings before it’s perfect. If you’re buying a premade dress, it’s also important to give yourself time. Remember that you could find the right dress, only to find that it isn’t available in your perfect size (so a new one needs to be made up) or you need a few alterations carried out (to ensure it’s the perfect fit).
5. Have Fun
It’s easy for wedding dress shopping to become an extremely stressful experience as opposed to a fun experience. Sure, it may feel like the pressure is on. But try your best to stay positive and happy and remember what this dress is for. It’s going to be worn on one of the best days of your life and you’ll create many fond and happy memories in it. Make shopping for it an experience! Take along a loved one for your sessions. Make a day of trying different options on. Try to let go of absolute perfectionism, which can make you overly critical and dissatisfied.
Hopefully, wedding dress shopping will be relatively simple and straightforward. Just keep the above advice in mind! Once you’ve settled on a dress, you can also begin to focus on other aspects of your wedding planning, like booking a wedding photographer, ordering your cake and arranging your flowers!