Believe Your Consultant

Heavy detailing on hanfu wedding dress might cause them to sag on a hanger. “Unlike shopping for a blouse, you won’t really know what a wedding dress will look like until you try it on,” says Anne Chertoff, a bridal expert at You & Me TV. “Be open if the consultant promises the dress will look better on you than it does on the rack.”

Trunk Shows Offer Great Savings

According to Terry Hall, fashion director at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City, you can often save 10% on a gown this way and meet the designer, who may also “waive or discount certain adjustments, such as raising or lowering a neckline, increasing the length, changing the color, or adding straps.”

Sample Sales Are a Hit

“Salons frequently hold deals to clear out older inventory, so designer gowns can be found for 25% to 50% off. The main drawback is that most sales have sample sizes—bridal sizes 8 and 10, which are comparable to ready-to-wear sizes 6 and 8 “Mark Ingram, president of New York City’s Mark Ingram Atelier, agrees.

Be Aware That Embellishments Cost a Lot of Money

“Handwork such as embroidery or beading always adds to the dress’s cost,” Hall says. Those embellishments are worth it if plain isn’t your style—just factor that into your budget.

Don’t try on gowns that are more expensive than your budget.

If you can’t afford it, there’s no point in trying it on—you’ll simply be tormenting yourself and setting a bar that no dress you can buy can ever meet.

Consider shopping on the internet.

Is online shopping the only form of retail therapy you’re familiar with? If you’re a frequent online shopper, it’s fine to buy your gown online; 18 percent of brides in the United States do so. It’s ideal if you can try the garment on in person. If not, double-check the return policy—especially if you’re ordering a few to try on and think about—to ensure you’ll get a full refund if it doesn’t seem as lovely in person.

Call Ahead If You’re Plus Size

Nothing is more frustrating than walking into a bridal salon and discovering they only have samples up to size 10, leaving you with nothing to try on. (Unfortunately, even though they sell sizes up to 26, this is the case for many.) If your shop doesn’t have plus-size samples for the style and designer you want to try on, call ahead to see if they can get any in before your appointment.

Prepare to try on a large number of gowns.

Unless you’re extremely fortunate, the first wedding gown you put on is unlikely to be “the one.” But don’t give up if you’ve tried on dress after dress and come up empty-handed. Keep an open mind and patience until you’re certain you’ve tried on the perfect dress. It may even take several shopping visits before you’re really certain.

However, set some boundaries for yourself.

Make it a point to just bring a couple dresses to each appointment/shopping excursion. It’s possible to try on too many wedding gowns and become overwhelmed by the choices. Take a break from shopping and sleep on your top picks if you’ve arrived at this point.

Decide whether you’re a traditionalist or a trendsetter.

Perhaps you choose to dress in a classic and timeless style on your wedding day (think lace). Perhaps you’re a fashionista who enjoys staying on top of the latest trends.

Celebrity Styles Can Be Inspiring

You can still draw inspiration and help build a vision of what trends you want to mimic in your dress even if you don’t have a star’s infinite wedding budget. That might be Serena Williams’s contemporary cape or Pippa Middleton’s classic lace silhouette.

Keep doing what you love.

It’s all too easy, especially for people-pleasing brides, to give in to what your mother, sister, or maid of honor likes on you in the moment. However, regardless of other people’s expectations, it’s critical that you go with what you love and what feels like your dream outfit.

Try on a gown that isn’t white.

This might be in the form of a soft eggshell or white, a romantic pink, or even a striking design. Although it may not be suitable for you, a poll found that 14% of brides would wear a colored wedding gown. Don’t be scared to stand out from the crowd.

Bring your family heirlooms with you when you go shopping.

Bring a family heirloom, such as a relative’s veil or a piece of jewelry, to all of your shopping visits if you wish to include it into your wedding day look.

Salons that fit your budget

“If you buy at a salon with a lot of options in your budget, you’ll feel like you have a wide selection,” Ingram says, “rather than feeling like you’re confined to just a few gowns if you shop at a salon where most dresses are out of your range.”

Before you say yes, be sure you’re 100% certain.

“Before saying ‘yes,’ all brides must be certain that it is their gown. When I work with a bride and perceive that she is undecided, I advise her to take some time to think about it “According to Hall.

Pose for photos from various perspectives.

Have a friend or family member film photos and videos of you while trying on dresses for a true testament to how you’ll appear in your wedding gown on the big day. Make sure they photograph each dress you’re considering from all angles, including the back and sides, as well as images of you sitting down in the gown from the top down.

Recognize that reflections can be deceiving.

Because every reflection can alter your appearance, it’s even more vital to rely on images and videos to obtain an accurate idea of how you’ll look in your wedding gown.

Think on how you feel in the outfit.

You should pick for the gown that makes you feel the most gorgeous. Even if a gown meets all of your requirements, paying attention to your emotions can help you choose between gowns and lead to that magical moment when you’ve finally chosen “the one.”

Consult Your Colleagues

If you can’t decide between two gowns or are undecided about your dream wedding gown, take a photo and show it to someone you care about. Nothing beats unbiased feedback from real, fellow brides when it comes to making a final dress decision.

Consider your current favorite clothing items.

Consider your favorite top or outfit, one makes you feel the most confident and gorgeous. What is it about it that you find so appealing? Is it the silhouette, the fit, the fabric, or the neckline? Imagine the best features of your existing wardrobe and everyday style, and then convert those characteristics into wedding dress shopping.

If You Feel Under Pressure, Take a Step Back.

If you’re unsure, a salesperson should never press you to make a decision right away. Because a wedding gown is such an emotional purchase and a once-in-a-lifetime memory, spend as much time as you need to make your decision.

To avoid rush fees, place your order as soon as possible.

“Because dresses take so long to make, ordering 8-12 months in advance allows you to avoid rush fees, which can cost up to 30% of the dress’s price,” Hall explains.

Take your measurements with the help of a professional.

Even if you’re shopping online, have your measurements taken by a seamstress— this isn’t the time for do-it-yourself, because even an inch off from the industry norm will skew your results.

Rather than ordering too little, order too much.

Most gowns can be changed down one or two sizes and up one size depending on the seam allowance, so ordering too big and taking it in is preferable to being stuck with a zipper that won’t shut.