Selecting a Wedding Dress

wedding dressesThis year’s wedding gown colors are stronger and bolder than ever, and many brides are stepping away from the traditional white wedding gown to something a bit more daring.  There are some fabulous gowns on the racks, and you’ll want to start your wedding gown search with knowing how to select a wedding dress.  There’s much more to consider than just color and size- there’s location, body type, personality and so much more.  Take the following tips into consideration when selecting a wedding dress.


The location of your wedding will be a key element in selecting your wedding dress.  The date and time are important, as well as the style and color of your gown.  For instance, if you plan on an outdoor winter wedding, you won’t want a strapless short slip dress.  Your venue should also be considered, and the colors of the venue.  If you plan on a beach wedding, you won’t want a ball gown.  If your wedding gown is a color aside from white, cream or any other neutral color, be sure the colors of your venue compliment the gown.


Before you begin to shop in the bridal shops, begin to get wedding gown ideas through bridal magazines and online.  This will give you many ideas in styles that are suitable for the season.


Determine your budget for your wedding gown.  Generally, a wedding gown, with undergarments, accessories and veil costs about 10 to 15 percent of the wedding.


Begin your shopping early.  Your wedding dress will take about four months for the manufacturer to make the dress, so you should begin your shopping six to nine months prior to your wedding date.

Bring anything you plan on wearing with your gown- your grandmother’s pearl necklace, earrings, etc.  Also, bring one or two friends who will be honest with how you look in the gown and whose opinion you trust.

Allow yourself to try a selection of dresses- even the ones that don’t look like much on the rack (which can look fabulous on).  Don’t settle for a gown until you find one you love, are comfortable in, and the illuminates that radiant glow.

When shopping, focus on the fit, not the size.  Once you’ve found your dress, you will need to put down a deposit to purchase the dress.  Be sure to go over the contract with your bridal consultant.  All details should be listed- the date the gown will be ready, the estimated cost for alterations, any recourse you’ll have if the dress is damaged and the cancellation policy. Also, be sure the manufacturer’s name, style number, color, and size are listed and correct.