From tulle to sequins and from lace to satin, I have seen it all when it comes to wedding dress shopping. I have witnessed the tears, the frustration, the joy, and the overall significance a wedding dress carries for a bride’s special day. With that experience I have also walked away with the do’s and don’ts for finding the perfect dress.

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DO: * Bring your mom, grandmother, or closest friend with you dress shopping.

DON’T: Bring your entire bridal party and all the other friends that want to join – too many opinions will leave you lost and empty handed.

DO: * Be prepared- bring a few specific images or tear outs and have a clear idea of what you are looking for.

DON’T:  Bring an entire binder with 50+ styles- takes up too much time and becomes too confusing.

DO: * Make an appointment.

DON’T: Walk-in without calling ahead- most salons staff according to appointments and may not have a bridal stylist available to help.

DO: * Be open minded to suggestions from your bridal stylist- they know their selection and what may look best on you.

DON’T: Stay away from a certain style or designer- you never know, it could be the right silhouette for you.

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DO: *  Inform the stylist of your budget and check price of each dress

DON’T: Try on a dress over your budget. The chances are you will end up loving it but can’t splurge on it.

DO: Allow 1 1/2-2 hrs for each appointment.

DON’T: Rush to try on as many dresses as possible.

DO: * Order your gown 6 months prior to your wedding date.

DON’T: Wait the last minute- Gowns take time to order (varies from designer) and you may not have enough time to get your favorite dress in time for your wedding.

DO: * Enjoy every moment of trying on different styles.

DON’T: Criticize yourself if a gown isn’t flattering, the right dress is sure to be found but only when you are in the right mindset.

DO: *  LOVE, love, love the dress you choose.

DON’T: Keep shopping once you have already found the dress- just like you don’t start shopping fiancés once you have ‘the one’.

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  • Gladys Keena

    Thank you so much! This helps a ton! What do you suggest is best to wear when trying on wedding dresses??

    • desireehartsock

      I would suggest wearing a strapless bra and nude colored full coverage panties or spanx if you know you will want to wear them. A bridal consultant does help you put the dresses on so make sure you feel comfortable in your undergarments.

    • desireehartsock

      It is always best to wear nude underwear that you feel comfortable being undressed in and a strapless bra because a stylist will be helping you get into the gowns. If you plan to wear spanx on the day of then bring those with you too.