There are a lot of things that go into choosing the right wedding dress. You want something that’s flattering on your figure, and also in keeping with the tone and vibe of the day. You’ll also need to consider what style of gown best suits your venue and what the weather will be like. It’s not uncommon to get a little bit overwhelmed when shopping for the perfect gown, but knowing what to expect can help make the process easier and less stressful.
In the 19th century, bridal magazines like Godey’s Lady’s Book made it a point to assert that white had been “the most suitable hue for brides since time immemorial.” The color symbolized innocence and virginity and the unspoiled heart of the bride. It was considered the perfect choice for a bride, especially if she were to marry into royalty or the upper class. In fact, brides who were not wealthy or royal tended to wear gold or other colors in the past, if they could afford it.
The wedding dress has come a long way in terms of design, with many gowns featuring beaded and embroidered details that would have been impossible to produce during World War II, when U.S. rationing limited the amount of fabric that could be used to create dresses. However, even today, the cost of a wedding dress can be prohibitive for some brides. This is because the dress takes a longer time to create than a standard formal frock and requires more fittings and tailoring, especially when adorned with intricate handwork, such as embroidery and beading.
Most brides have a general idea of what they’re looking for, but it can be difficult to narrow down the choices. When trying on gowns, it’s important to focus on one at a time. Otherwise, it’s easy to become frustrated with the search and start doubting your choice. It can also be helpful to have a rough budget in mind and work backwards from there. If you know that you’re not willing to spend more than a certain amount on your dress, make sure to tell the salesperson upfront.
It’s not uncommon for the first gown you try on to be a no-go, so don’t give up if it isn’t “the one” on your first appointment or two. Keep trying on gowns until you find the one that feels right, and then stick to a few dresses per appointment/shopping trip.
It’s a good idea to set some rules before you start showing the dresses to friends and family about how widely you’ll be sharing the pictures. You don’t want someone to accidentally stumble upon your dress and ruin the surprise on the big day. If you live with your partner, ask a trusted friend or family member if they’d be willing to hold onto the dress for you until you’re ready to show everyone. Having it in their home will also protect the dress from accidental spills or stains and ensure that it won’t be ruined by anyone else.