One of the most exciting parts of getting married is choosing a wedding gown. However, in the midst of all the luxurious fabrics, gorgeous designs, and pretty trends, there are some factors that brides-to-be sometimes overlook. These things can make or break the wedding dress, so before you settle on the one, make sure you check these out first—lest you regret your choice in the end.
1. Not choosing a gown that suits your personality
It’s easy to get swayed by the latest wedding dress trends, especially when you see them all over Instagram. However, keep in mind that choosing a wedding dress is not about picking the best trend, but rather, choosing whatever best represents your personality. But if you happen to find a trend that suits you, then by all means, go ahead!
2. Focusing on size and not the fit
There’s no problem with wanting to be in the best shape of your life for your big day, but it’s another thing to obsessed with fitting into a small size. Instead of having a target dress size, focus instead on choosing a gown that accentuates your figure and makes you feel amazing. You can start by selecting a silhouette then work on the details from there.
3. Not considering the location
This is a simple factor that brides easily miss. Before choosing a gown silhouette, make sure you think about the venue. If it’s a church ceremony, you’ll want to consider appropriate hemlines (you can go crazy with long trains here). On the other hand, you’ll want to avoid long hemlines for outdoor locations, unless you want the train to get snagged on rocky terrain. Yikes!
You should also keep in mind what the temperatures will be like. If you'll be in airconditioned venues the entire day, you may want to consider wearing long sleeves. If you'll be outdoors, then sleeveless dresses are the way to go.
4. Not researching enough
Sure, it’s easy to check out Pinterest and just select all the pretty dresses, but it’s better to do actual research and familiarize yourself with common silhouettes, details, and fabrics. This way, you’ll be aware of the possibilities and know which ones work best for you. This will also make it easier for you to communicate with your designer.
5. Neglecting comfort
It’s not enough to just stand in front of the mirror and check if the wedding dress looks great on you. You have to move around, walk, sit, and maybe even dance around in those heels to check if the gown is comfortable all throughout. You wouldn’t want a fashion mishap to occur on the big day! This is especially important for those who won’t be changing for the reception.
6. Not considering other colors
White and ivory aren’t the only options you have! Don’t be afraid to check out other colors, like champagne, cream, beige, blush, and gray. You might find that you feel more comfortable in color than in white, so don’t immediately dismiss this. A lot of real brides have been adventurous with subtle colors and they looked amazing!
7. Not communicating well with your designer or boutique assistant
Whether you’re getting a dress custom made or you’re shopping RTW, make sure you communicate what your preferences are so they know exactly how to help you. During fittings, don’t be afraid to speak up and to relay whatever concerns you have, especially if it’s regarding the fit.
8. Not listening to your gut feel
No matter what other people think about your dress, always remember that the only thing that matters is what you think. Trust in your intuition because no one knows yourself better than you do. Now, upon deciding on the dress, avoid second-guessing. We know it’s something that brides can’t help but do, but your sartorial senses chose that dress for a reason. Trust in your judgement!