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7 Tips for Stress-Free Wedding Dress Shopping

Ever since you got engaged, you probably daydreamed about how you’ll walk down the aisle and tie the knot with your partner in front of your closest family and friends. And now, it’s all about to come true! But to turn your dream wedding into reality, the wedding-planning process must come first; and this includes picking out the best wedding dress.

With that said, it’s normal to experience a bit of stress while shopping for a dress because, in all fairness, it will be your outfit for one of the most important days of your life. But although it’s a common phenomenon, you shouldn’t let stress stop you from having a great experience. So if you’re feeling anxious and overwhelmed about finding the perfect dress, here are some ways to minimize the stress of shopping for a wedding dress.

A Step-By-Step Guide For A Stress-Free Wedding Dress Shopping

1. Settle The Venue And Wedding Date

Before making any important decisions regarding your wedding dress, you should decide on the venue and your exact wedding date. Doing so allows you to find the appropriate attire for the place and season. For example, if your venue is by the beach during spring, you wouldn’t want to wear a ball gown. So as early as now, considering the environment and temperature would be a wise choice to prevent unwanted stress.

2. Look For Inspiration

Now that you’ve already decided when and where your wedding will be held, the next thing to do is to research various wedding dresses. There are numerous inspirations online, so you should take your time to browse through blogs, Pinterest boards, Instagram and boutique websites and screenshot gowns that will catch your eye.

For a stress-free try-on, make sure you save your favourite dresses to your wedding dress Pinterest board as it’s a great place for us to start when you come into the boutique to try on dresses. Don’t worry though, this doesn’t mean that we’ll only be sticking to one style, it’s just a starting point.

3. Choose A Dress Style

One of the reasons brides feel stressed during wedding dress shopping is because they don’t feel beautiful and confident in the gowns they try. To prevent this, you should figure out the best silhouette that’ll work for your body type. Have a think about how you’ve felt when you’ve got dressed up before, do you like fuller dresses or opt for something a bit more slinky?

For starters, here are five basic silhouettes to have a look at::

  • Fishtail

  • A-line

  • Ball gown

  • Collum

  • Fit & flare

4. Have A Budget

Another essential aspect of stress-free wedding dress shopping is having a price limit for your dream wedding dress. Whether it's £500 or £5,000, have those conversations with the relevant people before your appointment and come with your budget in mind. Have a think about if you have flexibility in your budget for the dream dress or if you need to stick within an amount. Also have a think about if this budget is just for the dress or if it’s for your whole wedding day look. Have you thought about shoes, veil & hair accessories. All of the prices for all of my dresses can be found on my website so you don’t have to take a wild guess at how much a wedding dress costs.

5. Research The Boutiques

Now that you already have a style inspiration and a determined budget range, you may now look for bridal boutiques to visit. And because plenty of information is now readily available on the web, you may go over their websites and social media pages to check whether they’re the right shop for you.

Doing this prevents the stress of going to a boutique and finding out that they don’t carry your size, have dresses out of budget, or they don’t have your preferred design.

6. Book Your Appointment

One of the essential things to do for stress-free wedding dress shopping is to book appointments with around three boutiques. By doing this, you’ll have ample choices to ensure that you’ll see as many dresses as possible without feeling overwhelmed.

However, if you come to Lavelle Bridal Couture first don’t be surprised if you fall in love with the first dress that I put you in. It’s happened more often than I can remember, just take a look at my Google reviews to hear it from my brides.

Did you know that you have the option between buying off the rack or having a custom-made gown? If you’re in a time crunch, buying ready-made dresses would be easier because it’ll only take a few weeks to alter them. But if you want a unique wedding dress that’ll fit you like a glove, choosing the latter would be a better option.

To lessen the stress on your appointments, keep the following in mind:

Manage your expectations

Wedding dress shopping is a beautiful experience, but it can be stressful if you have unrealistic expectations. To prevent feeling overwhelmed, set plausible expectations for the boutique and yourself. It would help if you didn’t let one dress ruin the entire experience – keep in mind that there are other dresses you can try.

Remember that you’ve come to buy a wedding dress, so don’t be surprised if you find one to buy. Be ready to commit to your dress.

Wear appropriate clothes

Although it might be tempting to wear stunning heels and skin-tight jeans to the boutique, keep in mind that you’ll be slipping in and out of them. Wear loose clothing like shirts and slip-on dresses paired with flats or sneakers to remain comfortable throughout your fitting. In addition, wearing nude undergarments would be an excellent choice to make trying-on dresses more seamless.

Carefully choose who you’re bringing

On the day of your wedding dress shopping, bring along some reliable people whose opinion you value – your maid of honor, siblings, or parents. But despite needing honest opinions, don’t bring a highly opinionated family member because it may negatively affect your mood and remember not everyone's style choice is the same so what one person loves might not necessarily be what you love. Trust your gut and follow your heart.

7. Rely On Me

I am an expert at finding the perfect wedding dresses for you to try. So to prevent feeling stressed and overwhelmed, you can rely on me. Don’t shy away from asking questions during the fitting. Some common questions to ask are:

  • How long will it take for my dress to arrive in?

  • If specific alterations are needed, how long will those take?

  • What is the total cost? Will there be additional payment in the future?

Remember that you’re paying for my time, expertise, and experience, so I’m here to help you.

The Takeaway

Picking out a dress to wear on your wedding day can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t have a to-do list. Your mind will be all over the place, and you’ll feel lost in a sea of wedding gowns of various styles, boutiques, and unnecessary opinions from family members.

So if you want to have a stress-free experience, make sure to follow the detailed guide listed in this article. Remember: it’s your wedding dress; no one and nothing should have the power to stop you from looking and feeling good as you say “I do” in a gown that makes you feel like a princess.


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