Gowns can be found for a few hundred dollars, or a few thousand, or more! Take a hard look at your finances ahead of time and choose a firm upper number that you won’t go over when buying your gown. Keep this in mind as you look at dresses; don’t even look at the ones over your budget! Also, remember that you’ll need to factor in the cost of alterations; as you shop, you can ask about what the estimated cost for hemming, taking in, and other alterations will be.
Many brides-to-be see this as a wonderful time to bond with their mothers. Others choose to bring not only their moms, but also their soon-to-be mothers-in-law. And some make it a girls’ day out with their bridal party. Remember that the more people you involve, the more opinions you’re bound to receive. It might be best to limit yourself to one or two other people, preferably only those who will encourage you to stick to your budget and who will be honest about how you look in different styles.
While it’s good to walk in with some idea of what you want (Ornate or simple? Strapless or not? White or ivory?), be willing to try on dresses that you might not love at first glance. Remember that the gown will look different on you than it does on a hanger or on a mannequin. The bridal consultant at the shop will be able to look at your body type and make suggestions as to which styles you might want to consider. With that said, if you have your heart set on a beaded strapless gown and you’ve tried on (and nixed) other options, then go for it! Remember that this is going to be your special day, and your time to shine!
Have you considered searching through a vintage shop for a unique gown? Do you want to wear red or purple to your wedding? Or perhaps you’ve found an off-white bridesmaid’s gown that you would actually love to wear as a wedding gown. If you see something that you love, then it doesn’t matter if it’s a traditional wedding dress.