10 Essential Wedding Dress Shopping Tips

Guarantee your bridal browsing & buying trip is as flawless as it should be, with these all-important pieces of advice.


If you're reading this, you're probably about to embark on one of the most exciting shopping trips of your life! A once-in-a-lifetime experience, buying a once-in-a-lifetime dress. But ever since your engagement, you've probably had a million questions buzzing around your head. What style of dress should I choose? Who shall I take with me? Do I drink champagne before, after or during my appointment?! All valid questions (in varying degrees), and we're sure you have many more waiting to be answered. That is why our team put their collective heads together, and came up with these 10 essential shopping tips that will help you bring home your dream wedding dress, stress-free.


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Top Tips for Wedding Dress Shopping


1. Set a Budget


Before you even look at Pinterest, or click on TietheKnot,it’s important that you set a budget. A realistic one that takes into account all of your wedding needs, and wants. That way you won't be broken-hearted when you realise you've spent the money allotted for your wedding cake, on a wedding dress and bridesmaids. And, when you start looking for bridal gowns, either online or in a shop, your focus will be on the ones within your budget. Again, avoiding heartbreak!


2. Start Shopping Early (9-12 months)


It is often a shock for brides when they embark on wedding dress shopping for the first time, and they find out that gowns take longer to arrive than they expected. Unless you are buying off-the-peg, delivery times on wedding dresses can vary between 4 months, to 10 months, in some cases. You also need to factor in alterations, and multiple fittings, which can all take time. Not to mention the extra time you should give the process to allow for any accidents along the way. It's a very stressful experience if everything is resting on your dress being delivered on a Thursday, and you're getting married on Saturday! Don't do it to yourself, if possible, give yourself breathing space and allow for any