Four Mistakes Brides Often Make When Wedding Dress Shopping

Shopping for your wedding dress should be an enjoyable experience, and it should end with you feeling confident that you've found the dress that makes you feel like the most beautiful woman in the world. Sadly, some women have less-than-enjoyable shopping experiences or end up with dresses that they feel so-so about. This tragedy can be avoided as long as you avoid making these common wedding dress shopping mistakes!

Mistake #1: Bringing too many helpers.

You need to love your wedding dress -- not your aunt or your cousin or your best friend from sixth grade. If you bring too many people along when you're shopping, you'll have too many opinions to listen to, and your own opinions of the dresses you try will get lost in the shuffle. Then you'll end up wondering if you really like the dress you chose, or if you just picked it because nobody in your crew complained about it. Bring one or two companions along to offer their feedback as you try on gowns, but do not bring the whole entourage. Many brides find that bringing their mother and maid of honor is sufficient.

Mistake #2: Trying on too many dresses.

If you try on too many gowns, by the end of the day, you'll be exhausted rather than excited about the experience. Your judgement also fades as you tire of trying on gowns. Rather than pulling dress after dress off the rack, approach dress shopping like this: start by compiling a rack of dresses you're possibly interested in. Then, go through these dresses to narrow down your choices. If there are two similar dresses on your rack, decide which you like better. Put that one on your try-on pile, and put the other one back on the rack. Try on the 10 or 15 you like best instead of every one that you sort-of like.

Mistake #3: Getting too "stuck" on a size.

Size is just a number. If a dress fits, it fits. It does not matter if it's a size 14 or a size 4. All designers size their gowns differently, so don't panic if you've always thought of yourself as a size 6 and the dress you love is a size 10. Far too many brides buy dresses that are too small because they get hung up on wearing a certain size or figure that they'll lose weight before the big day. Then they end of squeezing into a too-tight dress and being less than comfortable. It's a lot harder for a seamstress to let a dress out than to take it in. So, buy a dress that fits. If you do end up losing weight before the big day, you can easily have it taken in.

Mistake #4: Only trying on one style of dress.

Most brides walk into the gown shop already having looked at numerous bridal magazines and settled on the basic type of gown they want. However, only after you start trying on gowns in that style will you know if it's the style for you. For example, you might love how mermaid dresses look in magazines. However, if you only try on mermaid dresses, you might never realize that your body looks a lot better in a sheath cut. It's good to have an idea what you're looking for before you step into the gown store, but do aim to try on different cuts of dresses rather than restricting yourself to a single style. That's the only way you'll really know what looks best on you.

At the end of your wedding dress shopping day, you should feel excited, pampered, and confident that you've found the dress of your dreams. Avoid the mistakes above, and you'll be well on your way to this achievement.

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