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The Do's and Don'ts When Buying a Wedding Dress

Updated on April 8, 2019
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Charlotte likes pretty things, and she loves the beach, sushi, coffee and seashells.

DO Consider your Budget

How much do you want to spend on the dress? Sure, money is something no one truly wants to talk about, especially when it comes to finding a dream gown. But having a budget in mind can help you make a responsible choice about what kind of wedding dress styles you can afford at the time. The dress budget should include any extras, such as veils, accessories for the hair, and even wedding shoes.

DO Research Before Buying a Dress

Sometimes, we may be tempted to buy the first dress we fell ‘in love with’ online. Consider boutiques, which may have amazing wedding dress collections! Sometimes, when one think of boutiques, they think of super high end dresses that are completely expensive but this is not always true! Boutiques can have beautiful dresses in various sizes that may fit within your aforementioned budget. Find out if you can make a sizing appointment, and find out if there is a fee for this service. Find out what kind of dresses go with what kind of body type.

DON'T Buy from Shady Websites

buy a dress from a random, shady website, even if you fell in love with the image of the dress on the site! There are tons of horror wedding dress stories of women who ordered their perfect dress online only to find out that the sizing was completely off, and the style wasn’t even what matched the image they fell in love with online. Those returns can take forever, and the refund might take even longer. By then, you would have already spent your wedding dress budget and that can create some serious financial havoc that you definitely don’t need! Buy from reputable websites that have consistent sizes. If the website has a store available in your town, go get sized first to get a better idea of what the dress will look like on you. Sometimes buying online is better because some deal and coupon codes can be used only online, but again, be wary and don’t buy from shady websites.

DO Accentuate Your Best Features

DO think about what parts of your body you want to show off, and what parts you want to ‘hide’. In a perfect world, we can say that we love EVERYTHING about ourselves, physically, but this is rarely the case. Some woman may want to highlight their collarbones, shoulders, hips, waist size, legs, cleavage, or neckline. Some may want to hide these areas and highlight others. Consider what dresses and styles you feel comfortable in.

DON'T Focus on Trends

DON’T solely focus on what’s trendy now. Sure, there is some allure to wearing a dress that some celebrity wore to her exclusive wedding, but that particular style may not look good on your particular silhouette or maybe it can’t fit within the parameters of your budget. Keep the focus on what flatters you as a whole, not on what looks good on someone else right now. The best, and safest, types of wedding dresses are timeless and classy. Of course, you may want to go for a retro look or something a bit more revealing, but whatever it is, let it be a reflection of you, not something that is in style necessarily.

DO Wear A Great Bra

DO wear a great bra to the fitting. Whether you have a large bust size or not, wear a bra that is completely flattering. Keep in mind that ‘odd’ bra sizes exist within the realms of many companies online. Even though stores like Victoria’s Secret may not carry plus sized bras, consider getting sized at such places so that you can at least know what bra size you are. It will help define and enhance your own silhouette and help the dresses fit your body better.

DON'T Buy a Dream Size

DON’T buy a dress based on the size that you want to be at your wedding. If your wedding is within a six months or a year, it’s inadvisable to buy a size 14 dress when you’re currently a size 20. Embrace your curves (or lack, thereof). Embrace who you are now, and what you look like. It’s what your significant other fell in love with, anyway! So don’t stress too much about having to look a certain way. Those who love you and care about you don’t do so because of your dress size. They care about your heart, your personality, your laugh, your wisdom, your friendship, and much more. While it’s natural to worry about how you’ll look on your wedding day, don’t focus on a dress size. It’s much easier (and less expensive) to size down a dress if you lose weight in the near future than it is to buy a completely new dress.

© 2019 Charlotte Doyle


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