Guest Post | Wedding Gown Shopping from HITCHED! Bridal

Have you found your wedding gown yet peachies? Fret not if you haven’t as the lovely, Dana from HITCHED! Bridal, one of our peachy vendors, is here today to share her tips on how to get started with your wedding gown shopping.

Brides nowadays are so overloaded with information that they are getting overwhelmed with gown choices. In addition, as a result of the hit US show “Say Yes to the Dress”, many brides also think that they will put a dress on and immediately know that “This is the one!”. But in reality, this really doesn’t happen as often as you think. There are practical and logical steps involved in the gown search process. So what is the best way to start looking? How should brides choose? Let’s go back to the basics, I think these are the best tips:

1. Research – Start by going online or flipping through magazines for styles and silhouettes that you are attracted to. This should give you a preliminary idea of what you like and to familiarize yourself with the different silhouettes that are available. Then research the stores in your area and pick one that has more of the styles that you like and make an appointment to try them on!

Photos via The Cherry Blossom Girl.

2. Try them on – Keep an open mind and don’t be lazy!! Try on what you like first and also try on different silhouettes. Dresses look so different on the hanger that you might be surprised. It’s common for brides to end up with a gown that is something completely different than what they originally thought.

If you have no idea what you want, you should try on one of each different silhouette such as a sheath, mermaid, A-line and ballgown to get an idea of which silhouette you prefer and fine tune from there.

Photo via The Cinderella Project.

3. Consider the venue and type of wedding you want to create – Take everything into account – the venue, theme, colors, time of the year. The wedding is a like a big puzzle and the gown is a piece of it – everything should go together.

Photo via The Cinderella Project.

4. Start early – Start looking 9 to 12 months before your wedding since dresses should be ordered 4 to 6 months in advance.

5. Don’t bring an entourage – Bring 1 or 2 trusted family members and friends whose opinion you trust and can be honest with you. Too many opinions tend to be counter-productive.

6. How do you feel in the gown? – I am a believer that you need to feel beautiful and confident in the gown. You will exude beauty and confidence if you feel it!

Photo via Style Me Pretty.