Whether you’ve dreamt about walking down that aisle in a gorgeous wedding dress, exact to your specifications, all your life, or you’ve never thought about it until now, as your wedding day approaches, bridal consultants like Allure Bridal work with brides to design and perfect every gown.

Deciding what kind of wedding dress you want can add a lot of pressure to your wedding dress shopping experience. But before you go shopping, here are a few things you should do to help you find the gown of your dreams!

How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress

Find Out What You Like

Find Out What You Like

Many of us are so busy with our lives that we pay very little attention to our needs and what we truly like or enjoy. Start researching.

Compile wedding dress images from magazines, social media platforms, Pinterest, and online bridal boutiques. Ruffle through the images and see what features the dress gowns have in common. Are they voluminous? Are the backs open?

Note down the styles you visually like and discuss them in your first appointment with a bridal consultant or designer.

Have an Open Mind

Oftentimes, you go in with a dress in your mind and when you try it on, it doesn’t really look as elegant as you would’ve imagined. Perhaps the open back doesn’t suit your personality. It is best to have an open mind when going wedding dress shopping.

Bridal consultants have a lot of experience in matching bridal gowns with soon-to-be brides. Consult with them on the latest trends and draw on their experience. You may end up falling in love with a dress that you never thought would be your dream dress.

Shop Early

Shop Early

Bridal gowns can take anywhere from 4 to 8 months to produce. Once ready, you would need to allocate a few weeks more for alterations, accessorizing, and more.

We recommend getting started on the bridal gown shopping way in advance. It’s your big day, and you’re going to be making changes here and there. It is best to allocate sufficient time to accommodate your requests.

But make sure you don’t shop way too much in advance, as trends and styles may be outdated by the time you have your wedding.

Set a Budget

More budget-friendly options

Perhaps it’s your family who is paying for the dress, or your partner, or maybe it’s you. Nobody really likes talking about numbers, but if there is somebody else paying besides you, you may want to know their budget.

Knowing that number can help you narrow your choices, and you can even consider paying the difference if you like a dress that is out of their set budget.

Decide on a Theme

Have a Budget Wedding

There are a lot of options and styles when it comes to wedding gowns, and knowing your wedding theme can help you select the perfect dress.

Remember, if your dress does not go with the wedding theme, you might start to feel out of place on your memorable day. A pre-set theme can help you avoid that clash.