How to Avoid a Wedding Dress Disaster

A bride holding flowers looks at her groom after exchanging wedding vows

Shopping for a wedding gown is probably the most stressful and exciting part of the wedding planning process. With a group of trusted friends by your side, you can decide on the perfect wedding gown to wear on the happiest day of your life. Many people dream about their wedding days and want their dresses to be perfect, but sometimes brides-to-be make a few mistakes that delay finding the right wedding gown.

Here are some helpful tips to help you avoid all the wrong turns when choosing your wedding dress.

Time Is Valuable, Use It Wisely

When searching for “the dress,” the bride has to make certain there’s enough time to get a custom-made gown (unless you are going the pre-owned route). Usually, custom dresses take up to six weeks to design and make. In many cases, the bride ends up ordering the wedding dress and bridesmaids’ dresses at the same time, so they can all be ready in time for the ceremony. Waiting until the last minute to order a custom wedding dress is not a good idea.

A seamstress helps the future bride try on a wedding gown

Ordering the dress should be at the top of the list of things to do before the wedding. Most engagements usually last up to 12 months, which is when planning for the ceremony takes place. Custom dresses should be ordered up to a year before the wedding. It is tempting to start dress shopping right away after a proposal, but the quicker you shop and buy a dress the less chances you’ll have to explore all the other options. Purchasing a dress too early can mean you find a gown that you later decide you don’t like as you get closer to the wedding day.

Shopping Wisely

Shopping for a wedding dress takes time; the process cannot be rushed. The bride must be able to explore the options and be free to consider different types of dresses. One thing you need to remember when shopping for a wedding gown: do not try on dresses you cannot afford. Even though there is a lot of excitement during dress shopping process, take your time and stick to your budget. Many brides tend to have a problem staying on a budget. They become so overwhelmed and excited with the different dresses and other details that they forget how much they can actually spend.

A bride selects a wedding gown with her bridesmaids

Looking around at different stores in different cities is also a good idea. You can have a larger outlook on the different sales and prices of dresses in several markets. If you are not ready to make a purchase once you’ve tried on dresses, then you are probably not ready for dress shopping. The reality is, you go dress shopping with an intention of buying a dress and not just trying it on. Shopping wisely can be a difficult task for most brides-to-be. Just remember, don’t try on anything you can’t afford.

Some brides think they can lose lots of weight in a short period of time without having to adjust the size of the dress. Remember to choose the dress you feel most beautiful and comfortable in without having to follow an extreme diet to fit into it. Maintaining a strict healthy diet throughout your engagement is always a good option, especially when you are ordering a custom-made dress. After you have spent countless hours budgeting and waiting for the right dress, when you finally purchase it, you are ready for the next step.

At Last, the Day Has Arrived

Finally, after waiting for the long engagement to be over, the big day has finally arrived. The most special day of your life, your wedding day. Throughout your wedding day, you should strive to keep your dress clean and perfect.

In order to avoid a dress disaster on your wedding day, you need to have emergency kits in all of your bridesmaids’ purses. Just in case something spills or tears, a handy tool kit will be available to fix the problem. Let’s hope nothing happens to the dress on the day of the wedding, but it is always a good idea to be prepared.

Friends and family watch the bride and groom have the first dance at the wedding reception

Avoiding a wedding dress disaster can be a challenge, but following a few simple steps can help. As a bride, you should be thinking about taking your time to choose the right dress that you are comfortable in it. Maintaining a strict budget will help you make up your mind faster about certain dresses, especially if they are out of your price range. Use your time wisely when shopping to avoid doing everything at the last minute and spending more money than you had planned.

Lastly, when the dress purchase is finally made, you should be ready for any kind of disaster on your wedding day. Emergency tool kits should include sewing kits, wipes, and Tide to go. Have the bridesmaids keep the emergency kits handy, and keep them close by throughout your special day.

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