It’s the one item of clothing you’ve likely dreamed about since you were a little girl, your wedding dress. But actually finding the perfect wedding dress that defines you, your style and love story is no easy task. You don’t want pressure and stress (and too many opinions, frankly) to take over and ruin such an exciting moment.
That’s why Mike Staff Productions teamed up with our friends and wedding dress experts at Bella Bridal Gallery in West Bloomfield. We’re not only dishing on the things you and your shopping partners should keep in mind before stepping into a wedding dress shop but the secrets & skills the team at Bella Bridal Gallery have so they know how to choose the right dress for you, minutes after meeting you!
How to Choose Your Wedding Dress: Bella Bridal Gallery
Expert Wedding Dress Shopping Tips
1. Limit Your Entourage
Let’s be honest, we’ve all watched an episode of ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ where we’ve rolled our eyes because of someone that was being overly opinionated. You don’t want that! Your experience can quickly turn negative with too many opinions being thrown at you.
It may sound like so much fun to take all five bridesmaids, your mom, your mother-in-law, your grandmother’s, your father and the dog, too but the truth is – you don’t have to! Bring the people whose opinions you value the most & the people who will truly have your best interest in mind!
2. Ask Questions, A lot of Them!
You should not only ask questions to the bridal shop owner and stuff but ask yourself some key questions, too!
- Do I feel beautiful, confident and comfortable?
- Can I dance in it?
- Can I sit down?
- Am I self-conscious about any part of my body in my dress?
Although a gown may be gorgeous, if you can’t move in it all night and feel trapped, mummy-style, it’s not the right one for you.
As you are shopping, if you absolutely love a dress, but you don’t like one teeny tiny part of it, ask if it can be changed before dismissing it. Most designers or seamstresses can remove beading, flowers, trains and more. They can also add sleeves, illusion necklines, belts, cups to the bust, lower backs and more to make it custom for you!
Make sure to go over the final order with the salesperson to check if everything is correct and everything is going to be ordered. Ask for the arrival date of your gowns, it’s exciting to know when it will be in your hands! Lastly, do not ever be afraid to ask for updates on your dress.
3. DO NOT Freak Out Over Sizing
Bridal gowns run two to three sizes larger [than your regular size]. Once you get your head around that, be realistic; pay attention to how it looks, not what the label reads.
Wedding gowns also differ from designer to designer, so if you fit perfectly in a size 8 at one store, you may be a 12 in the next and a 6 at another. It is okay! Every designer has a sizing chart to go from, so the wedding specialist will help you find the correct fit.
It is always helpful to take undergarments, like a strapless bra or shapewear, and wedding shoe options with you to shop for your gown. Only do this if that is what you plan on wearing on your wedding day. It is so helpful for fittings.
Lastly, just remember that even the models in the pictures are pinned into the dresses. So, bridal store owners have to get a little creative to help you envision the dress when it is in your size.
4. Schedule Alterations Early
A great seamstress can be pretty difficult to find these days. So, if you have one, keep tabs on her and as soon as you know the date that your dress will arrive, schedule an appointment with her for the week after! And confirm that she will alter wedding gowns – some seamstresses stay away due to the intricacies of working with wedding dresses.
Many bridal boutiques have an in-house seamstress that you may receive a “discount” from if you purchase your dress there. You may want to shop around first before assuming you are getting a great deal. But in the same respect, the price may be higher because of higher quality work. So, make sure to do your homework and read reviews on the seamstress. It is always a bonus to find someone that a friend or family member used because then you know they have a great reputation.
When it comes to alterations time, leave yourself three to six weeks at least. It is always suggested to get in as soon as you can, so if you can do it further in advance, you should! Take everything with you that you need for the wedding day; take your shoes, undergarments and cups if you need them. The seamstress cannot guess, you have to take them with you!
Now that you’ve found your dream dress, why not check off 3 more items off your wedding day ‘to do’ list? Learn more about Mike Staff Productions award winning wedding DJs, Videographers and Photographers!