The Dos and Don'ts of Wedding Dress Shopping

The Dos and Don'ts of Wedding Dress Shopping

While shopping for your dream bridal gown can be incredibly exciting, it can also be overwhelming and stressful if not approached with the right mindset. To make sure your experience is smooth and enjoyable, we've compiled a comprehensive list of dos and don'ts to guide you through the process. At Always Elegant Bridal, we want to help you find the gown of your dreams while creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime!




1. Do Your Research:
Before stepping foot in a bridal boutique, take some time to research different wedding dress styles, fabrics, and designers. Browse through magazines, websites, and social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration. Having a clear idea of what you like will help your consultant find the perfect dress that matches your vision.

2. Do Set a Budget:
Determine a realistic budget for your wedding dress and communicate it with your consultant. They will show you dresses that fit within your price range, ensuring you don't fall in love with a gown that stretches your budget too far.

3. Do Book Appointments:
Schedule appointments at bridal boutiques in advance. This will allow you to have personalized attention from a consultant who can guide you through the selection process. Making appointments will also ensure that you have enough time to try on various gowns without feeling rushed.

4. Do Bring a Small Entourage:
While having your closest friends and family with you can be a wonderful experience, too many opinions can make the decision-making process challenging. Limit your entourage to a few trusted individuals whose style and taste align with yours. Remember, it's your day, and your opinion matters most.

5. Do Wear Appropriate Undergarments:
Wear nude-colored, seamless underwear and a well-fitted strapless bra when trying on wedding dresses. This will help you get a better idea of how the gown will look on your big day and prevent distractions from ill-fitting undergarments.

6. Do Keep an Open Mind:
Be open to trying on dresses that might not seem like your first choice at first glance. Sometimes, a dress can surprise you and look stunning once you try it on. Trust your consultant's expertise and explore different styles to find the one that complements your body shape and personality.



1. Don't Bring Too Many People:
While it's essential to have support during your dress shopping journey, having too many people with you can lead to conflicting opinions and confusion. Limit your entourage to those whose input truly matters to you.

2. Don't Wait Too Long:
Start shopping for your wedding dress early, ideally six to nine months before your wedding date. Some gowns may require additional time for alterations, so give yourself a buffer to ensure the perfect fit.

3. Don't Overdo Accessories During the First Fitting:
While accessories are essential to complete your bridal look, avoid trying on too many accessories during your initial dress fitting. We recommend focusing on the veil during the dress appointment and scheduling a separate accessory styling appointment to complete your perfect look. 

4. Don't Ignore Your Gut Feeling:
If you try on a dress and it doesn't feel like "the one," trust your instincts. Don't feel pressured to make a decision on the spot. Take your time, sleep on it, and return for a second appointment if needed.

5. Don't Forget About Alterations:
Many brides need alterations to achieve the perfect fit. Be prepared to budget for alterations and choose a reputable seamstress recommended by your bridal boutique.

Wedding dress shopping is an unforgettable experience that should be filled with joy and excitement. By following these dos and don'ts, you'll navigate the process with confidence, making the search for your dream gown an enjoyable and memorable part of your wedding planning journey. At Always Elegant Bridal, we are committed to helping you find the perfect wedding dress that reflects your unique style and makes you feel beautiful on your special day. Happy shopping, and book your appointment when you’re ready to find “the one!”