Shopping for a wedding dress can be one of the most stressful and fun part of the wedding process. There are a few things you should know before you begin the search for the perfect dress.

  1. Set a Budget

Setting a budget is the most important thing you should do before the shopping process. When you start the process you should have already decided what percentage of the wedding budget will go into the wedding attire. It’s important to keep in mind that alterations are typically extra and most gowns will need some alteration. Figure out a number that works for you and let your consultant know before he/she starts pulling dresses to try on.

  1. Determine Your Dress Code

It is important to consider religious restrictions, find out if there any guidelines such as covering your shoulders before you start the shopping process.

  1. Do Your Research

Doing preliminary research will help you decide what to look for and where to shop. Browse dress galleries, research styles, fabrics, and designers you like. You can find out the price range of dresses by calling the shops before booking your appointment.

  1. Start Early

This might come as a surprise, but you need six to eight months to get your dress. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time or your selection of dresses can be limited. Wedding dresses take five to six month to tailor and up to eight weeks to be altered. Plan your time wisely.

  1. Always Book Your Appointment

It is highly recommended that you book an appointment to try on wedding dresses. Take into consideration that spaces are limited and while shops might be more than happy to take walk-ins, clients with appointment have priority.

  1. Limit Your Entourage

Shopping for the perfect dress is an emotional event for many brides. This moment should be shared with your closest friends and family as many brides find it difficult to make a decision when too many opinions are given. Also, keep in mind that seating can be limited, it is easier to accommodate a large groups on weekdays.

  1. Shop For The Body You Have Now

You should know and understand your body shape before trying on dresses.  Choose a silhouette that will highlight your best assets and conceal your less-favorable traits. Trust your consultant and don’t be afraid to try on dresses he/she suggests. Keep in mind you should shop for your current size even if you’re planning on dropping a few pounds.

  1. Do Not Try On Dresses You Can’t Afford

Trying on dresses that you can’t afford can lead to confusion and disappointment. Stick to your budget and avoid the heartbreak.

  1. Do Not Try On Too Many Dresses

Trying on too many dresses can often lead to confusion and an overwhelming feeling. Do not be afraid to say “YES TO THE DRESS” when you feel you found the one. Not all brides have “that moment” when tears start rolling down their face, every reaction and connection is different. If you didn’t cry, it’s okay. Go with your gut feeling.

  1. Have Fun

Enjoy the experience, after all this is the most exciting part of planning your wedding.