Wedding Dress Shopping

Wedding Dress Shopping

12 of 18 Don’t Be Afraid to Say “Yes” to Your Dream Dress Right Away Shopping for a bridal gown is a bit like shopping for a car, you show saying that you’re just browsing and then voila, the perfect dress is staring right at ya. Brides are often surprised if they find the right dress quickly, but that’s just how it works, when you know, you know. Of course, buying a dress is a big decision, but if you start shopping be ready to purchase. “TV shows and movies often play up that brides put on dress after dress to find ‘the one,'” says Malinda Macari, owner of Your Dream Bridal in Sudbury, Mass. “Trying on a dozen gowns usually just complicates things and exhausts the decision-making process. If you’ve come into the store knowing your budget and your likes and dislikes, and then find a dress that you love—go with it.” Photography: Dana Fernandez
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Wedding Dress Shopping

Shopping for a bridal gown is a bit like shopping for a car, you show saying that you’re just browsing and then voila, the perfect dress is staring right at ya. Brides are often surprised if they find the right dress quickly, but that’s just how it works, when you know, you know. Of course, buying a dress is a big decision, but if you start shopping be ready to purchase. “TV shows and movies often play up that brides put on dress after dress to find ‘the one,'” says Malinda Macari, owner of Your Dream Bridal in Sudbury, Mass. “Trying on a dozen gowns usually just complicates things and exhausts the decision-making process. If you’ve come into the store knowing your budget and your likes and dislikes, and then find a dress that you love—go with it.” Photography: Dana Fernandez
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Wedding Dress Shopping

Shopping for a bridal gown is a bit like shopping for a car, you show saying that you’re just browsing and then voila, the perfect dress is staring right at ya. Brides are often surprised if they find the right dress quickly, but that’s just how it works, when you know, you know. Of course, buying a dress is a big decision, but if you start shopping be ready to purchase. “TV shows and movies often play up that brides put on dress after dress to find ‘the one,'” says Malinda Macari, owner of Your Dream Bridal in Sudbury, Mass. “Trying on a dozen gowns usually just complicates things and exhausts the decision-making process. If you’ve come into the store knowing your budget and your likes and dislikes, and then find a dress that you love—go with it.”
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Wedding Dress Shopping

For some brides-to-be, shopping for a wedding dress can be utterly thrilling, while—for others—it’s an utter nightmare. Regardless of which category you fall into, it is inevitable that you’ll have to shop for a dress. To help make the arduous (and often dramatically overblown) process easier, we’ve compiled 8 wedding dress shopping tips that every bride should know.
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Wedding Dress Shopping

Shopping for a bridal gown is a bit like shopping for a car, you show saying that you’re just browsing and then voila, the perfect dress is staring right at ya. Brides are often surprised if they find the right dress quickly, but that’s just how it works, when you know, you know. Of course, buying a dress is a big decision, but if you start shopping be ready to purchase.
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Wedding Dress Shopping

Often, simply adding the word wedding in the description will add on a couple zeros to the price of a dress. Wedding dress boutiques are notoriously pricey, and they’re not the only places to find great wedding dresses. Try your favorite dress shops and boutiques—even department stores—for dresses you can modify or really make your own.
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Wedding Dress Shopping

8. The easiest way to save big? Shop at non-bridal locales View this image › NBC / Via karamigo.tumblr.com Often, simply adding the word wedding in the description will add on a couple zeros to the price of a dress. Wedding dress boutiques are notoriously pricey, and they’re not the only places to find great wedding dresses. Try your favorite dress shops and boutiques—even department stores—for dresses you can modify or really make your own. ID: 2438641
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8. The easiest way to save big? Shop at non-bridal locales View this image › NBC / Via karamigo.tumblr.com Often, simply adding the word wedding in the description will add on a couple zeros to the price of a dress. Wedding dress boutiques are notoriously pricey, and they’re not the only places to find great wedding dresses. Try your favorite dress shops and boutiques—even department stores—for dresses you can modify or really make your own.
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WeddingsThe DOs and DON'Ts of Choosing Your Wedding DressIf you're feeling so much pressure to find the wedding dress of your dreams that you think you may be going nuts, don't worry. We chatted with experts and brides who know exactly how you're feeling, and we asked them to spill their tips for finding the perfect wedding dress. Read on, stress less and spend more time on the rest of your wedding planning to-do list. (Like tasting cake.)By Lexi PetronisRead MoreStart
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WeddingsThe DOs and DON'Ts of Choosing Your Wedding DressIf you're feeling so much pressure to find the wedding dress of your dreams that you think you may be going nuts, don't worry. We chatted with experts and brides who know exactly how you're feeling, and we asked them to spill their tips for finding the perfect wedding dress. Read on, stress less and spend more time on the rest of your wedding planning to-do list. (Like tasting cake.)By Lexi Petronis
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If you're feeling so much pressure to find the wedding dress of your dreams that you think you may be going nuts, don't worry. We chatted with experts and brides who know exactly how you're feeling, and we asked them to spill their tips for finding the perfect wedding dress. Read on, stress less and spend more time on the rest of your wedding planning to-do list. (Like tasting cake.)
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A long, gorgeous wedding dress with a fancy hem is to die for. Just remember that the top of your dress is what people will notice most—and what will show up in most wedding pictures. “The majority of wedding photos that guests take of you are from the waist up,” says Margee Higgins, 30. Higgins picked a Lazaro gown with straps and a high belt, both of which you could see in all her photos.
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29. Focus on how the dress feels—not on your perceived physical flaws View this image › Fox / Via imdb.com A lot of bridal salons don’t let you take photos of potential dresses, which may actually be a good thing. Sales consultants say that when women take pictures of themselves, they tend to focus on their flaws, rather than actually noticing the dress itself. So as you’re standing in the bridal salon, looking at yourself in the mirror, think about how the dress makes you feel. Do you feel great/amazing/beautiful/princess-y? Awesome! If not, maybe this is not your dress. ID: 2440321
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29. Focus on how the dress feels—not on your perceived physical flaws View this image › Fox / Via imdb.com A lot of bridal salons don’t let you take photos of potential dresses, which may actually be a good thing. Sales consultants say that when women take pictures of themselves, they tend to focus on their flaws, rather than actually noticing the dress itself. So as you’re standing in the bridal salon, looking at yourself in the mirror, think about how the dress makes you feel. Do you feel great/amazing/beautiful/princess-y? Awesome! If not, maybe this is not your dress.
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According to Nicole Janowicz, celebrity wedding stylist, almost any dress can look gorgeous on a hanger (or it can look terrible). Resist snap judgment. “Once a dress is on a woman's body, it takes on a different shape and look,” she says. “This means that a bride will try on many dresses, and she should. I had a celebrity bride try on 27 dresses at a fitting in order to find the perfect reception dress. Just as it takes time to find a husband or wife, it takes time to find the perfect gown.”
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32. Remember: It’s just a dress View this image › CW / Via tvfanatic.com Yes, it’s your dress, but the wedding gown is just one part of the whole shebang, and shouldn’t eclipse the reason for the day—the special dude or lady you’re marrying. Keep your dress buying stress in check by remembering the point of the whole thing—to celebrate your love (or whatever).
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Most brides do best with just their mom and maybe a sister or best friend, said Debra Lash, of The Wedding Tree in La Crosse, WI. “They generally have the bride’s best interest at heart, not what they want her to wear.” One of our real bride bloggers, Theresa Misso, recently wrote about her dress shopping experiences and said, “When you’re standing there in a big dress, and random people in the store are ohh-ing and ahh-ing and all you want to do is take it off, you’ll need an honest, reliable companion to say, ‘I love it. But it’s just not you.’”