It’s finally time to say yes to the dress, but without the stress…

Yay! You’ve found the person of your dreams, they’ve popped the question, and now you finally get to find the dress of your dreams. While this is such a fun time, it can be quite stressful. The choices, opinions and prices are enough to make your head spin. To avoid turning this special time sour, have a look at our tips before you go wedding dress shopping…

8 tips to keep in mind when you go wedding dress shopping

Have a budget…

…and be upfront about it. Remember that you may need to factor in alterations, accessories and a veil into this price. Whatever you do, resist the urge to try on anything that’s well over your price point. You will fall in love with it. Fact.

Do your research

Find pictures of styles you like to give the assistant an idea of your taste, style and fabric preferences.

Keep an open mind

You may have always dreamt of the white mermaid dress, but the ivory ball gown the assistant recommended could just blow your mind when it’s on. After all, they are professionals who do this all day long, so give their opinion a shot.

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Buy a dress that fits you now

We all want to look our best on our wedding day, but the last thing you want is to not fit into your dress when it rolls around. It can always be taken in if necessary.

Be prepared

Planning on wearing shapewear, a bra or heels? Bring along similar ones to the ones you want for the actual day, as they can alter the way a dress fits you and how you stand.

Be realistic

Can you really walk, sit and dance the night away in the dress? Really? An entire day is a long time to be uncomfortable – especially when all eyes (and cameras) are on you – so make sure you can at least, you know, breathe.

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Trust your gut

Your entourage will give you their opinion (trust us!), but at the end of the day, it’s you who needs to be in love with the dress.

Take photos

When you try on 500 dresses in one day, it can be difficult to remember which one looked amazing, and was it this lacy one or that lacy one that was definitely not you…? Get someone to take photos of you in the dresses, then have a look at them a few days later. You’ll be amazed at what a bit of perspective can do.

Once you’ve found the one – stop looking! Seriously! You’ll only end up confusing yourself, so stop. Just stop.