Shopping for The Perfect Wedding Gown

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Wedding Dress

For many brides, choosing a wedding dress can be an event of an eternity. Your dress sets the tone of your wedding day and it is a reflection of your personality and style. When shopping for your wedding dress, start early on to reduce the pressure.

1. Find styles that fit who you are

Browse through bridal blogs, Pinterest, the Gram. Save, copy and Pin dresses that appeal to you.   As you shift through the images you have saved look for what and why certain gowns appeal to you. Are the dresses you like mostly lace ball gowns?  Maybe you prefer the separates and want to change your look through the evening (or day). 

2.  Be comfortable as yourself

Look at shapes already in your closet..chances are your style isn't drastically shifting away from your tried and true.   Fitted or full skirts?  Strapless or halter?  I feel the This or That Reel in the making...but your closet will have some great clues.  

3. Make a few appointments

Pictures are great but you need to see the sewing and craftsmanship in person.  Ask friends and family and family for recommendations! Make sure to email the salon ahead with what you're looking for, or better yourself some initial legwork and book a virtual appointment.  Don't forget to let them know your budget and any other constraints.

I always suggest a large store to start at the very beginning for assorted options ..then once you know what details (see #2) you're looking for you can start to search for certain designers you like, manufacturing timelines...all the important details.

4. Bring the proper basics

Wear a nude strapless bra, Spanx, etc. to try on gowns...anything you would want to wear on the big day!  Consider it a rehearsal. Many bridal outlets only hold one dress for each and every style. A consultant will be helping you in and out of dresses, making sure each one is clipped in only the right places so you’ll have an idea of the actual dress should look like. You could also want to bring a set of heels or shoes similar from what you think you may wear on the wedding day.

5. Play dress-up 

Have fun with it and try not to say “no” to trying on styles apart from your favorites. Trust your expert during your visit. You might be surprised and choose a gown you least expect! The more you communicate with your bridal consultant, the better your experience will be. Make sure to tell them just what you do or don’t like about each dress you try on-if you don’t like how your waist appears within an A-line dress, then you probably want to move on to some other style.

6.   Customize your look

This is where the magic happens.  All that shopping and image searching is going to pay off when you're working with a designer or stylist you trust.

All the details matter.   Working with a local gown designer is the perfect way to create your dream look.  They will have color options you can really pick the perfect shade for your skin tone.  Laces have personalities all their own and you can find just the right one for your wedding look.  Also ask to put on a veil or flower crown headpiece.

The sample dresses at Ellie Day are just ideas, wearable sketches to start your personal creating.  We love this part (dress matchmaking) and want to help all our brides find their dream gowns just like any good friend would. We've made dresses for local clients and those out of state only...feel free to reach out if you have any questions in your dress journey.  Congrats and All the Best!!! XOXO