Post # 1
Ok, so I don’t know anything about wedding dresses. Where do I start?
Is there like a short list somewhere of the popular top end, middle end, and lower end names? Or the 100 most popular dresses this year, anything like that?
Post # 3
Start looking through magazines and websites to get an idea of what styles you are drawn to. Theknot.com has a great online gallery of dresses that you can search by style, price, body type, etc.
Post # 4
I would start with finding out what designers are available around you. The bridal shop websites should list what they carry, and then I would just look through the designer sites and write down the style numbers that stand out to you. Make appoinments at the shops and tell them what you like and what you don’t, and either let them pull or you can pull (depends on the shop) dresses to try on. Keep an open mind–what you think will look good might not. Make sure you move around in the dresses, try to sit down, dance, etc. Don’t forget to keep a budget in mind, as well, and don’t try on or fall in love with a dress that’s out of your price range.
Post # 5
If you have no idea I’d say go ahead a make a few appointments at local bridal shops, set a budget (and stick to it) and then try on at least one dress in all of the silhouettes (mermaid, fit and flare, ballgown, sheath, aline etc). That way you’ll see what looks best on you and then it’s all manageable from there.
Post # 6
I would check out the websites of any bridal salons in your area and make a note of all the designers carried near you (or in other towns if you want to travel). Then I would check out the dresses on the designer’s websites to get an idea of what you like. Its tough to fall in love with a dress then find out its not available in your area at all… Magazines are also great too but you’ll only see a handful of things.
Post # 7
Look at your body type. What type of clothes flatter you the best? What are you comfortable wearing? What do you consider a beautiful wedding dress? What dress yells “you.”
You’ve NEVER even thought about your wedding dress?! Wow.
Post # 8
Also, think if you have features that you want to showcase. A small waist? Toned shoulders?
Post # 9
first, go on and try any style and see what you like.
then limit it to price.
then think venue suitability
Post # 10
When you are looking at dresses, keep in mind season and venue, as well as what sort of theme you are shooting for (for instance, whimsical and outdoors or glamorous formal ballroom). If you are getting married in humid summer conditions, maybe avoid heavy satin
Post # 11
@Vanellope: You can also start on the gallery here on the bee and browse photos….. Search thru the dress boards. I’d most def call the bridal shops in your area to see what designers they carry that way you can go directly to the designer websites and look at the dresses. Mori Lee, Maggie Sottero, Allure are just some of the big ones that come to mind. Good luck and happy dress shopping!
Post # 12
I would keep an open mind, first and foremost. Make an appointment at a bridal salon, and try on a lot of dresses – even ones that don’t immediately appeal to you. Sometimes the right dress is actually one that doesn’t jump out at you on the rack, but looks amazing on. Think about the kind of silhouettes you usually wear when it comes to dresses, and start with those – at least as a point of elimination. For example, I never wear empire lines, so I ruled that out immediately when I was dress-shopping. Browse magazines and online for sure, but you really need to try some dresses on to have a real idea of what works and what doesn’t, and what you like. Good luck and have fun!
Post # 13
@Vanellope: I started looking on the Internet just on Google images, then got to know which designers I liked the best, magazines helped too. Incidentally searching for a real bride in a particular dress was how I came across WB 😉
Post # 14
Thanks very much for the tips ladies!
I’ll go to some bridal shops in the area and snoop around, hehe
I’d love to get some sense of the norms to put in perspective the prices/brands I’ll see… like could anyone tell me, for example a “typical” wedding dress brand and how much that tends to run, or a “designer” wedding dress brand and how much that tends to run? I guess I’m asking if there’s like a “GAP” and “Chanel” of wedding dresses?