Wedding Bells: How to Find the Right Wedding Dress

I hope everyone found my wedding guest list tips helpful. Today I am sharing another wedding planning post about one of my favorite topics… dress shopping. Every little girl dreams about what she’ll look like in her wedding dress. But when it comes time to actually shop for gowns, it’s easy to feel lost in the racks upon racks upon racks of white dresses. Luckily, I have a few tips to make dress shopping a fun and painless process—just like it should be.

Don’t Knock it ‘Til You Try It

If you’re anything like I am, then you probably had a vision of what your wedding dress would look like long before you got engaged. But when it comes time to actually try on dresses, you might be surprised by what ends up striking your fancy.  I always imagined myself in an elegant ball gown with lots and lots of tulle. But just for fun I decided to try on some sleeker, more sophisticated gowns when I was dress shopping. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the sleeker dresses, and realized that I should stay open-minded during my dress search. My new process is to try on everything, regardless of style, and judge each gown individually.

Find the Kindest Cut for Your Figure

Before you start dress shopping, make sure you have an idea of what works well for your body type. For instance, a dress that looks great on a curvier girl might not work if your figure is slim and straight. For some general rules about what wedding dresses look best on what body types, you can check out this guest post my team shared on 100 Layer Cake. You’ll be happy to know that certain silhouettes can help fake curves or slim down problem areas.

Bring a Trusted Advisor

It’s tempting to show up to your dress appointment with all your besties in tow. But before you drag a gaggle of girls into the dressing room with you, consider who will really help with the process and who might make it more difficult. The fact is, maybe your best friend has very different taste than you do when it comes to fashion. Or maybe your mother is very traditional and won’t understand a more modern dress choice. I recommend limiting your entourage to two or three others to keep your judgment clear and the whole experience stress-free. If you still want your mother there for moral support, let her know ahead of time that you appreciate her company but the final dress decision is yours to make.

I hope those tips help! The bottom line is that you should feel comfortable and beautiful in your wedding dress. Whether you choose a flirty, tea-length frock or an elaborate gown with a six-foot train, you should feel more beautiful than you’ve ever felt before.

What does your dream wedding dress look like?

Let me know below.

XO Lauren

P.S. If you have a friend who’s engaged, be sure to send them a link to this post!

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