What to Consider When Choosing Your Wedding Dress
Finding the wedding dress of your dreams is something that millions of us around the world dream of, and is one of the biggest decisions for a bride’s special day.
Whether you’ve dreamed of something simple and elegant or glamorous and over-the-top, you’re sure to have the time of your life narrowing down your options until you find that perfect wedding dress you’ve always wanted.
But to help make this process as fun and stress-free as possible, it’s important that you go into it fully prepared and with an understanding of what you’re looking for. To help you out, here are our picks for what you need to consider when choosing your wedding dress. Let’s begin!
When it comes to wedding dresses, the first thing you need to do is set a price range. This will help ensure you’re only looking at dresses you can actually afford, rather than wasting time on dresses that will blow your entire wedding budget down the toilet. While it might be tempting to explore those more expensive options, this experience will likely be disheartening and make it harder to find something in your price range that you’ll come to love.
When coming up with your budget, make sure to leave a bit of extra wiggle room for any unexpected surprises. Last minute alterations, added on embroidery or custom jewellery can help elevate and enhance any dress, but don’t forget that they come at an extra cost.
A Style That Suits You
While contemplating what type of wedding dress you’re looking for, take a moment to reflect on your own personal style. Before you go shopping, have a look through your closet and pick out one of your favourite outfits to wear. This will help the bridal stylists get a better understanding of your style and what you feel comfortable in.
It’s also important to stick to what feels right for you, and to not let yourself get too swayed by outside voices. You know better than anyone else what’s perfect for you, so don’t get caught up in the moment and let a friend, family member or stylist pressure you into saying yes to the wrong dress.
Also Read: What to Look for in a Wedding Dress?
Choose the Right Sizing
Clothes sizing is complicated at the best of times, and wedding dresses are no different. At one boutique you might be a size 10, and at another you might be a size 12. Just to be on the safe side, we recommend calling a boutique before your arrival to make sure they accommodate your body type. Also, if you’re getting a custom wedding dress made, get yourself measured by a professional so that you get the most accurate results possible.
If you’re unsure about sizing, a larger size is better than a smaller one because something that’s too big can easily be adjusted. A dress that’s too small can be difficult to sit and move around in too, so keep this in mind as well. If you plan on losing weight before your wedding, make sure to let your seamstress or designer know.
Second and Third Opinions
Cutting down your list of friends and family to bring wedding dress shopping with you may sound cruel, but we guarantee you’ll thank yourself for it in the end. If you bring a whole party of people with you, you’ll have too many different opinions in your ear and might even end up choosing a dress that someone else loves but you don’t.
By having just one or two close friends or family members there supporting you, you’ll have the opinions of those you trust the most, guiding you through the process. This will help make the process easier, smoother and more enjoyable for everyone involved.
One final thing to think about is the typical weather conditions around the time of the year your wedding is planned for. The temperatures can soar in the Australian summer and are wildly unpredictable throughout the rest of the year, so make sure you take this into account.
If you’re getting married in the summertime, you might want to choose something with fewer layers and a looser fit. If you’re getting married in the cooler months, chances are you’ll be getting married indoors so you should be safe to choose something as layered and heavy as you like.