5 Tips You Need to Know When Buying Your Wedding Dress

Every wedding is unique and special in its own right. Every bride-to-be also wants their wedding dress to be unique, special and made for her. When it comes to wedding planning, finding the perfect wedding dress is one of the most intricate and personal pieces of the entire event. Finding the right gown can be done in a few days if you’re lucky, or it can take months of searching for the perfect one, hitting bridal boutique after bridal boutique, and trying on hundreds of dresses.

There is no shortage of wedding dress options, and that’s why brides want to take their time finding THE dress. Many women often have a fleet of friends and family telling them which dresses look the best, trying to narrow down the list of styles and designs. All of these opinions can be helpful but also frustrating. Choosing the right gown means choosing the right colors, accents, fabrics, and shape. If you don’t have an idea of what you’re looking for, the quest for the dress can be all the more complex.

At Dressed to a T, we specialize in luxury consignment bridal and special occasion dresses. Our boutique has a variety of high-quality, unique, and timeless wedding dresses. We know quite a bit about helping brides find the perfect wedding dress, and how difficult it can be for first-time brides (which most of them are). We have a formula for finding the right wedding dress and we’re sharing our trade secrets with you. Whether you’ve had your dream dress picked out for years, or you are just starting to look, we can help you find the perfect wedding gown for you.

1. First, Match Your Wedding Dress to Your Wedding Style

It’s important to match your wedding gown to the setting of your wedding, rather than doing it the other way around. You don’t want to buy a summer wedding dress, and then find out the venue you want is only available in the Fall and Winter. Before you start dress shopping, first figure out what type of wedding style you’ll be having. This means taking great consideration of the venue type and design.

Do you like the rustic, farmhouse style? Or are you more of a boho-chic, garden wedding type of bride? Are you keeping things very elegant and princess-like? Or will you want to be more on the casual, comfortable side? You want your bridal dress style to match your wedding style. Having a strong sense of what type of wedding you’re having will help you to find a wedding dress that will fit you, as well as the backdrop.

To help narrow down your dress choices consider these questions. They may help you get a more solid idea of the dress type that works well with your wedding.

  • Question 1: What time of the year is your wedding? (Month/ Season)
  • Question 2: Will it be indoor, outdoor, or both?
  • Question 3: Will it be held in the daytime or evening?
  • Question 4: What is the setting for the wedding ceremony?
  • Question 5: What is the setting for the wedding reception?
  • Question 6: What is the overall theme/style of the wedding?

These are important questions to help you find a dress that will not only match your setting but help you feel the most comfortable and confident. Plus, it will help you figure out if you’re looking for a light and breezy wedding dress, or a full-skirt ball gown style.

2. What Wedding Dress Shape Suits Your Body Best?

You may still be presented with quite a few wedding dress styles and options, even after matching your wedding event style. So the next piece of the puzzle is what looks best on you. Each bride wants to feel stunning on her wedding day. The perfect wedding dress will only accentuate the beauty and assets she already possesses. When arriving at your bridal boutique appointment, try to keep an open mind about styles. Some things may surprise you! Try on a few different silhouettes to get an idea of what type of dress fits your body and your personal style best.

When trying on different styles, it can be helpful for someone to take pictures of you from different angles and compare them all. Pay close attention to how the dress fits your body type. When wearing it, also notice how it feels on you. Is it comfortable? Would you be able to wear it for the whole day? Can you walk, dance, and most importantly breathe with it on? We all have our insecurities and our confidence. The perfect wedding dress should highlight your best features while diminishing your self-consciousness.

There are 6 major types of wedding dress styles:
The A-Line Gown
This style resembles the outline of the letter “A.” It is fitted at the waist and flows out to the ground with a little volume.
The Empire Line Gown
This style has a raised waistline, right below the bust, then flows down to the hem similarly to an A-Line.
The Ball gown
The ball gown style is usually very fitted in the bust and torso, with a voluminous, full skirt.
The Trumpet
This style is also fitted to the bodice, but it begins to flare out slightly below the hips, resembling the bell of a trumpet.
The Sheath/ Column Gown
This style wedding dress is not totally fitted but lies very close to the contours of the body from the shoulders all the way down.
The Mermaid
One of the most commonly known styles,the mermaid gown contours to the body from the chest to the knee, or even the calves and ankles, then flares out to the hem.

3. Find Wedding Dress Inspiration

There are a plethora of places that you can find wedding dress inspiration, from bridal magazines and online stores, to Pinterest and Instagram feeds. You can definitely do your homework and look for styles that you like, designers that seem to match your taste, and even if you want to include any special accents like lacing, ribbons, or corset strings. Try to pinpoint the details that catch your eye.

What are the shapes, details, and fabric textures that speak to your personal style? Maybe you’ve never considered a backless dress before, but you love the way it’s flowing on the model in the picture. Save pictures, make cutouts and create a board, whether digitally or tangibly to help you pin down all the ideas you love. When you go into your bridal boutique, don’t be afraid to show them your board and what elements you really want to try to have. They can help you get on the right track.

4. The Wedding Dress is in the Details: Colors and Fabrics

Do you like the dainty and delicate look of a light, lacey dress? Or do you want to make sure all eyes are on you with a big, bountiful, wedding dress? Every bride-to-be has her own style. The wedding dress is one of the key parts that makes a wedding so unique.

When finding wedding dress inspiration, remember to look for the little details that catch your eye. Wedding dress accents such as lace, ribbons, feathers, buttons and a plethora of others can turn a simple wedding dress into a spectacular one.

Some wedding dresses have these accents already included. However, many places that provide alterations also offer customizations, so you can add specialty items like pieces from a family heirloom or fabrics from other items of clothing that have deeper meanings. Some wedding dresses are made with very delicate material, so be sure to consult with your seamstress before making a purchase.

5. It’s Your Day. Wear the Wedding Dress That You Love!

While you may get varying opinions from your mom, mother-in-law, bridesmaids and maid of honor, you have to pick the dress that you have a special feeling about. The wedding dress you choose will be in your memories, videos and photographs for years to come. On the day of your wedding, you want to feel confident and beautiful in the dress that fits your body, design and personality.

If you don’t like what’s “trending,” and you have a unique style when it comes to clothing, remember that this is your special day. You get to call the shots and choose what’s right for you.

Dressed to a T Consignment Bridal Has A Whole World of Wedding Dresses for All

At Dressed to a T Consignment Bridal, we believe that wedding dresses have timeless magic to them when cared for and appreciated properly. Your wedding dress doesn’t have to be brand new, with the latest designs, and the highest price tag to be special. The beauty of consignment bridal is that you get all of the glamour, grace, and customization as a traditional bridal boutique without the big costs and long wait times for delivery.

Dressed to a T has a variety of wedding dress styles to choose from including vintage, designer and plus sizes. We also offer formal dresses for your wedding party. But you have to hurry in - if you’re not ready to say yes, your dream dress could be snagged by another bride-to-be! Schedule your appointment with us today!