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Planning a wedding is often a long process, with many decisions to make along the way. Finding the perfect wedding dress is one of the most important decisions for a bride on her special day and can often seem intimidating. The Wedding Shoppe aims to make your dress shopping as smooth as possible with our bridal specialists and large selection. Here are 5 mistakes brides make when choosing a dress and how you can avoid them.

Bringing Too Many People

While we always encourage our brides to bring friends and family with them to dress appointments, it can often become a little overwhelming if there’s too many people. With so many different opinions, it can be hard for brides to focus on finding their perfect dress. Everyone has different ideas on a number, but we’ve found that five people or less is generally a good group. We also recommend bringing people you care about and that you know will give you their honest, reliable opinions.

Feeling Pressured

Choosing the right wedding dress is already such a big decision – don’t let anyone pressure you into choosing one right away. If your friends, family or even stylist are pressuring you toward a dress you don’t immediately love, it’s okay to give yourself more time to think about it. Try on more dresses to see if you find the perfect fit, even if you’re still unsure on a few different styles. Is there one specific dress you keep coming back to or that grabs your attention? While everyone is likely to give you their own opinions, remember it’s YOUR wedding dress and you shouldn’t feel pressured to choose one so quickly.

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Real TWS Bride Ashly Shannon
Photo Courtesy of Karma Hill Photography

Following Trends

Fashion trends are always changing, some even multiple times per year. The same is true for wedding dresses with styles such as bows, capes and dramatic sleeves making a comeback for 2019. While it may seem tempting to choose a wedding dress that’s on trend, don’t let that be your deciding factor when choosing your gown. There are so many classic, timeless options that have survived through the decades and will continue to be on trend. Don’t let the pressure of fashion trends entice you to choose a dress you don’t completely love.

Going Over Budget

One of the most important aspects of choosing a wedding dress is also knowing your budget. Many brides make the mistake of trying on dresses that are far outside their budget and end up falling in love with something they can’t necessarily afford. This will only leave you disappointed when you have to put it back on the rack. Be sure to give your stylist your set budget so they can pull dresses that fall within your means. You also don’t want to let a steep discount affect your dress choice – you may just end up with a dress you don’t totally love only because of its price tag.

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Real TWS Bride Stephanie O’Connell
Photo Courtesy of Dayna Mae Photography

Forgetting Accessories

While many brides choose their accessories after finding their perfect dress, you may have a few on hand already such as a family heirloom or a veil passed down from your mother. Don’t forget to bring these items to your dress appointments with you! You may find a beautiful wedding dress, and you’ll want to know how it pairs with your accessories. However, don’t let this be a deciding factor when trying on gowns. You always have the option to find new accessories that fit your dress beautifully on your big day.

Shopping for a wedding dress can be a daunting process – but we want to make it easy! Book an appointment with The Wedding Shoppe and let one of our bridal specialists find your perfect dress!

5 Mistakes Brides Make Choosing a Dress