It can be really easy to make dress shopping mistakes. You probably haven’t shopped for a wedding dress very much, so you may not even know how some common dress shopping mistakes can affect you. Knowing about these mistakes can help you avoid them, so read on to find out some of the biggest things you can do to sabotage your wedding dress shopping, and how to avoid them.
1. Bringing Along The Wrong Friends
One of the biggest dress shopping mistakes is inviting the wrong people to go along. When choosing who to take with you, make sure you pick people who have a vested interest in your happiness. This isn’t the time to placate an obnoxious cousin or a critical aunt. Bring people who will share their opinions in a way that won’t bring you down. Remember, shopping for your wedding dress is about you; don’t let anyone take your spotlight or ruin your experience!
2. Do Some Research
One of the most common dress shopping mistakes is walking into the store with absolutely no idea what you want. Take the time to look at some bridal magazines and choose a few styles that interest you; going in without any idea of your intended goal can slow the process and frustrate you (and the sales lady) to no end.
3. Making Compromises
There are areas where you can compromise on your dress, and areas where you can’t. Brides who don’t make any other dress shopping mistakes can fall prey to making too many (or not enough) compromises on their wedding dress. One thing you really shouldn’t compromise on is the price; make a budget for your dress and stick to it. Don’t despair if it seems you won’t find your dream dress in your price range. Hold out for a dress in your price range that makes you look and feel beautiful; everything else will follow.
4. Straying From Your Price Range
Absolutely one of the worst dress shopping mistakes you can make is trying on dresses that are out of your financial reach. It’s nearly guaranteed that you’ll find a dress you adore, but it’s far too expensive. Not only is this detrimental to your actual shopping effort, it can also make you feel unhappy about your budget.
5. Too Many Choices
It’s good to try on a variety of dresses, but don’t go overboard. There’s no need to try on dozens of dresses because you’re not going to remember the details of half of them, even if you take pictures. Find some dresses in styles you like and try those on, but don’t fall into the trap of trying on half the dresses in the boutique. You can come back later and try on more, but try to keep the number of dresses you try on during any given trip to a manageable number.