I Said Yes to the Dress! & Try On Tips

Lifestyle blogger Mollie Moore shares wedding dress try on tips

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Yep, it’s true! With just over 5 months to go until “I Do”, I can finally say that I found my perfect wedding dress (not pictured above, obviously!). For whatever reason, dress shopping was just not a priority for me. I still think this is quite funny, because I LOVE to shop! But over the last few months I found myself prioritizing other wedding details first, such as making sure my bridesmaids love their dresses and picking the perfect cake flavor. Up until about a month ago I hadn’t even tried any wedding dresses on! I’ve learned a lot of things in the past few weeks, so I thought I would share my two cents on the matter. Dress shopping isn’t always easy, so remember to take a deep breath and keep these things in mind!

KNOW YOUR STYLE

I browsed WeddingWire for hours to get a good idea of what my taste was. I considered things like time of year, my venue, and what flatters my body type. They have TONS of awesome inspiration to help you narrow down your options. You can even take a little quiz to find your perfect style, which is really fun. I highly recommend saving the images you find and having them ready to show your stylist, because that can really help narrow down the options. Warning: whether it’s your stylist, your mom, or MOH – whoever! – it’s likely that someone will want you to try on a dress that you don’t like. My advice is to try it on with an open mind, because occasionally you can be surprised! But most likely you will hate it even more than you imagined, and that’s okay too 😉 No one knows your style and what makes you feel good better than YOU – if it makes you feel beautiful, then it’s perfect.

STICK TO YOUR BUDGET

Wedding dresses can get really expensive, really fast. Be sure to tell your stylist what your max budget is right away – I can’t imagine anything worse than falling in love with a dress that you can’t afford! And I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to have a big budget to get your dream dress. I spent $400 (nope, that’s not missing a zero!) on mine and I couldn’t be happier. As with all designer things, price doesn’t necessarily equate style or beauty. You WILL find something you love in your price range!

PACK WISELY

Already have your shoes? Awesome, bring them to your appointment. Plan on wearing Spanx under your dress? Bring those too! And always be sure to wear nude undergarments – you are trying on white dresses after all! This may seem like a no-brainer, but one of my stylists told me she has at least one bride a day who forgets and ends up with major VPL!

DON’T LIMIT YOURSELF

When I started searching for my perfect wedding dress, I looked in all the usual places – BHLDN, David’s Bridal, Kleinfeld’s, etc. Ya know, bridal shops. I was quickly becoming frustrated because I found some dresses that I liked, but nothing made me have that “OMG I’m getting married!” moment. One day I got an email from one of my favorite ready-to-wear brands (I’m not going to tell you which one because it would give too much away!), and I saw the dress right there in the email. Yep – I found my dress at a store that doesn’t even sell wedding dresses! I ordered it immediately and loved it even more in person than online. So learn from me and don’t limit yourself to the traditional wedding stores. If you’re having a hard time finding what you want, step outside the bridal box. You might find the perfect dress where you least expect it!

I hope you found these tips helpful, and remember to HAVE FUN!

xx Mollie

*** A special thank you WeddingWire for partnering on this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. ***

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Comments

Lacey

I also got my dress for $400. It was on mega sale from David’s bridal. The alterations cost extra, but it’s totally true, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get the dress of your dreams.

Cathy

Wedding dress shopping is so hard, these are really great tips!!

XOXO
Cathy

Amanda

I so needed to read this! I’ll be wedding dress shopping in a few months so I’ll take all the tips I can get!! Can’t wait to see your dress & wedding pics!

Kileen

These are great tips babe, I definitely think having an idea of your style helps a lot!

Kileen
cute & little

Megan

Congrats on finding your dress! I can’t wait to see it.

Megan | http://www.pipmegan.com

Laura

Congrats on finding your wedding dress!! I remember how excited I was once I found the one! I can’t wait to see it. PS these are all great tips for wedding dress shopping!

xo, Laura

Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels

This is a great post! It’s really crazy how quickly the price can go up! Especially with the alterations. I definitely agree with packing your shoes and undergarments or something similar!

Laura Leigh

Eeek yay! Cannot wait to see your dress gal. Greta tips – dDefinitely agree with them all.

xo Laura Leigh
http://www.louellareese.com

Anna English

I can’t wait to see what dress you chose!

Morgan

Don’t limit yourself is the best tip!! Totally agree!

-Morgan
How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

Tanvi Rastogi

The wedding dress shopping is quite different in my culture. But equally stressful. Great tip!

❥ tanvii.com

Laura botkin

Awe I loved shopping for my dress! And i def heard about the underwear thing from my stylist too! too funny!