3 Distressing Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing the Perfect Wedding Dress For Your Perfect Wedding

Choosing your wedding dress is both exciting and fraught with loads of ways to go wrong! (But many to go right, as well!) Keep these three things in mind and choosing and purchasing the right wedding gown will not only be easier but you’ll look fabulous at your wedding. Whatever you do, DON’T

  1. Look at dresses you can’t afford unless you REALLY like shopping resale online. (‘Way too much work for me!) You do that “Oh, I just want to get an idea thing” and next thing you know, you’ve found a dress for $10,000 in which you look fabulous. $10,000 dresses do tend to be well made of fabulous fabric. But you know what? You can’t afford that. Avoid this. Do your budget beforehand. Base that budget not only on the money you have to spend, the amount of money you’ve budgeted for a dress and the values that you have and love in your marriage. Whatever you have to spend is what you have to spend. There are lots of ways to get a good wedding dress at your budget. But look within your budget range. And what the heck, start at the bottom of your range.
  2. Buy anything trendy unless it’s flattering! (this is a mistake you would think people would get and avoid automatically, but nooooooo… sheesh!) You see something on line or in the movie and decide that’s the dress for you. You’re 5’3, sweetly rounded and bouncy. The dress of your dreams is modeled by someone 6’4, skeletal and drawn. It’s not going to be the same on you! Avoid this. Know what you look good in and feels comfortable. Spend some time shopping before you shop. What lines make the most of what you have? Is there an era you like? Is there a style of dressing that your partner likes. (and I know, it’s not helpful when they say, I’d love you if you came naked, because I love the way you look naked.” Right, but what do I look good wearing? Asch! Ask a girlfriend, or a person you know who has that certain something in the way she dresses!) Sure there may be things available that are trendy right now that are perfect for you. But you may want something more classical, or retro, or avant garde. The dress that looks good on you, makes you feel beautiful and you know will knock your SweetPea’s eyes out is the dress you want!
  3. Buy a dress that you won’t be comfortable wearing all day long, that won’t look right with comfortable shoes or that makes you wear really nasty undergarments. (it’s going to be a long darned day, that wonderful wedding of yours!) Beautiful clothes, even beautiful gowns, don’t need to be uncomfortable. They don’t need constant adjustment. They drape beautifully, cover and reveal appropriately, and make you look like a queen. Avoid this. Buy a dress that fits. Buy a dress that covers what needs to be covered. Buy a dress that stays up. Walk around the dressing room, sit, bend over. If it slips, it’s wrong! Buy a dress that’s beautiful and that makes you look fabulous.

(And here’s an Ann-Keeler-Evans secret tidbit: I never shop for expensive clothing when I look perfect. The test comes when I look great in it even on a day when I’m not at my best. Just imagine how I’ll look when I’m stylin!)

Go off with a friend, or your mom, or your sis, or whoever is the right person to help you shop. Before you do, however, work out your values and your budget with your beloved and do a little research about what looks great on you. Then have the day of your life, laughing, crying and dreaming about the dress. There! Don’t you look beautiful!