Heading for the Aisle: Answering Your Dress Shopping Questions

Dress shopping can be one of the most overwhelming parts of the wedding planning process but also it’s by far the most fun. Here are some tips to help you lean into the fun and away from the stress!

When Should You Start?

You should start 10 months out from your date, I’d say 8 months out at the latest if you’re not prepared to buy something off the rack. Buying off the rack is really not a problem in my opinion I was open to both options during my appointments, but it can limit you in terms of sizing and styles.

What Should You Wear?

a white wooden closet of a woman
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This is something I debated about a lot, because I knew there would be a lot of pictures both before, after, and during the process.

  • Nude, seamless underwear
  • Comfortable shoes to slip in and out of
  • An outfit that you won’t mind on your mom’s Facebook that’s still easy to change in and out of.
  • Your hair as similarly to how you imagine it on your day as you can get it
    • Note: I wanted big curls so I did a flexirod set!
  • Really good make-up (to the best of your ability)

The goal here is to come as close to how you can look on your day as possible so you can really imagine how it will look all together.

What Should You Bring?

black tote bag
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I think this is the hardest part of the process because everyone says different things, so here are the things I actually found helpful while shopping.

  • Dress inspiration either from Pinterest or saved in an album on your phone
  • Tissues (you will cry)
  • Friends/Family that are honest but supportive
  • Lip balm/Gloss
  • Snacks and Water
  • Lotion
  • A small notebook and pen
  • Plain white mask (for my COVID era shoppers)
  • A positive attitude (corny I know but optimism is necessary

Have you been dress shopping? Was there anything you think I should have included on my list? Any tips for brides? Share them in the comments! Also, check out some of the dresses I didn’t buy on my TikTok.

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