What does the perfect dress mean to you? For some, a dream dress is a regal ball-gown, fit for a princess. For others, the dream look is a sexy, va-va-voom sheath gown, which tastefully accentuates curves. For other brides, the best dress is one which allows them to re-enact the choreography – practised months in advance – on the dance floor.

With all the options at hand, finding your dream gown can be stressful. After all, you’ve most likely never even tried one on before. Plus, it’s probably the most expensive garment you will ever own, so you’ll definitely feel some pressure. With all eyes on you, your dress pretty much sets the tone for the wedding as a whole. In the first part of this article, I’ve already shared some tips about choosing your best outfit. It’s time for some more.

1. Bring a pair of heels

While some bridal boutiques have high heels you can borrow, for sanitary purposes, we suggest you bring your own. Ideally, you would have the pair of your bridal shoes with you. But if you haven’t purchased them yet, try choosing a pair that’ll be the closest to one you’ll eventually buy. This way you’ll have a better idea of your entire look.

2. Don’t trust the look on a hanger

Wedding dresses often have heavy details that can make them sag on a hanger. Unlike shopping for a regular outfit, you won’t really know what a wedding dress will look like on you until you actually try it on. Be aware: the dress will probably look better on you than it does on the hanger.

3. Pay attention to the top part

Needless to say, you should love every aspect of your wedding dress, but remember that the top of your chosen gown will appear the most in wedding photographs – especially while you’re seated at dinner, or dancing with your nearest and dearest. Be sure the gown fits comfortably when you’re sitting down. No bride wants a neckline which will need adjusting throughout their big day!

4. Let your favourite clothes inspire you

Do you have a favourite top or outfit you already own that makes you feel confident or stylish? What do you like about it so much? Is it the fit, fabric, neckline, or silhouette? Whatever it is, imagine the best components of your current wardrobe as you look at wedding dress styles. Translate those features onto your dream dress.

5. Expect trials and tribulations

Unfortunately, unless you’re really lucky, the first wedding dress you try on probably won’t be “The One.” But don’t get frustrated – even if you’ve tried on dress after dress to no avail. Be patient and keep an open mind until you’re sure you’ve tried on the perfect dress. It might even take multiple shopping trips until you’re 100% positive.

That said, you need to limit yourself and know when to draw the line. Hard as it may be, try to stick to a few gowns per appointment. Trying on too many wedding dresses can make you feel overwhelmed with the selection. If you’ve hit this point, take a break from shopping and sleep on your favourites.

6. Try on a non-white gown

That might mean subtle eggshell or ivory, romantic blush, or even bold red. It may not be right for you, but many brides nowadays opt for an unconventional, coloured wedding dress. And who said they’re wrong to do so? Throw the rulebook away and don’t be afraid to be different!

7. Make sure you can move

Let’s face it, no wedding gown is going to be as comfortable as your PJs, but you don’t want to be pulling it up or feel constricted by it all night. Funny as it may sound, try busting out some moves in the dressing room.

If you’re planning a church wedding, where you may need to kneel or sit during the ceremony, practice doing that in the gown – but be sure you’re doing so on a clean piece of fabric or carpet, because the dress isn’t yours, yet! Oh, and if you’re planning to dance the night away or pull some Dirty Dancing moves on the dancefloor, make sure you can move the way you want in it.

You may have been dreaming of your wedding dress since you were five and know the exact specifications you want – right down to the last sequin, – or you may have never thought about it until your S.O. popped the magic question. Regardless of this, if you follow the above tips, you’ll be sorted. Once you’ve finally found your dream gown, relax and enjoy that moment of relief. It will only make you nuts if you keep looking at dresses that you may like even more. Yours is great!


Further reading:

Bridal make-up: giving colour to your big day

Bridal nails