You want your big day to be absolutely perfect, and that often entails having the most beautiful dress that you could ever imagine gracing your body. Brides-to-be often assume that wedding dress shopping is going to be relatively quick, easy and lots of fun. They might not understand that going shopping for a wedding dress can be as problematic and frustrating as swimsuit shopping.
Misconceptions About Wedding Dress Shopping
Below is a list of misconceptions a lot of women have when it comes to shopping for their ideal wedding dress:
The First Store You Shop Will Have the Perfect Dress
Let’s face it, you’re probably not going to find the perfect dress for your wedding in the first store you go to. This is because all stores are different and have varying inventory. You might go into one shop and hate all of their designs or try one on that you love only to find that it’s too expensive. Be prepared to shop at a variety of bridal shops before finding the perfect dress, and ultimately, you’ll be glad you looked around.
The Dress is Going to Fit Perfectly
The wedding dress might be in your size, but this doesn’t mean that it won’t be too long or baggy in the arms. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll be fitted for a wedding dress and not have to get it altered at all. Alterations are common in bridal shops and they can also be a lengthy process. This is yet another misconception that brides have. They assume that they’ll have their measurements taken and the dress will be perfect in a week’s time. It could take months and multiple fittings and measurements to get the dress to fit perfectly.
You Have to Pay Top Dollar for a Luxury Dress
There is no price tag on a gorgeous bridal gown that you’ve fallen in love with. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a dress just because the price says it’s high-quality. Even a cheaper gown can be just as pretty and last just as long as other ones you’d find. Don’t assume that you’ll have to spend a small fortune just to buy the ideal dress when there are many other options out there. More and more brides-to-be are buying secondhand dresses and having them altered just to save some dough.
You Need Family There to Help Pick Out the Dress
You might think that having your mom or your mother-in-law in the bridal shop with you will make it easier to find a good dress, but this can have the opposite effect. Your mother probably doesn’t have the same taste in clothes as you and might put her opinion on something that you feel totally different about. Sometimes, it’s okay to just go shopping alone and hear the advice of the bridal shop staff who are trained to do fittings.
The Size of Your Wedding Dress is the Same as Your Normal Size
Wedding dress sizes tend to run smaller than regular dress sizes, so don’t be surprised if you come out of the shop wearing a gown that’s one, two or even three sizes larger than what you’re used to. Don’t let this get to your head and assume that you’ve gained weight because it just has to do with the fit and cut.