Everything you need to know about finding the perfect dress!

Your wedding dress. If you're anything like me, you've been dreaming of this gown your entire life—ever since you were old enough to play dress up in your big sisters clothes. In your head, you know exactly what you want but shopping can be, let's face it, overwhelming.

What color do I buy? Who do I bring with me? What if I don't find anything I like? WHERE DO I EVEN START?!

Don't worry, we've got you!

Top Tips When Dress Shopping:

Make an Appointment

Or have your mother or MOH make a few for you. This way, you know the shop has availably, you can plan your shopping day out accordingly and you're sure to try on dresses at the places you want to try on that day. TIP: Try to make the appointment early in the morning, that way the shop isn't already running behind by the time you get to your appointment!

Prepare for your Appointment with your BUDGET and research what STYLE of dresses you like

This makes life A LOT easier. It's overwhelming to have every option available to you, so start limiting with your budget and styles right from the get-go.

Wedding Dresses can take up to 6 months to arrive! Start shopping minimum of 8 months prior!

See tip #1.

Hydrate! Trying on dresses can be exhausting!

Yes! We're serious! Go ahead and take your water bottle with you. You can thank us later!

Plan a lunch with your entourage afterward (keep your lunch light if you plan to go back and try on more dresses)--but you will be hungry!

Enjoy yourself! This is a time to celebrate, but don't go for heavy large meals if you are going to keep trying on dresses after the meal. You want to feel your BEST!

Keep your entourage small, the more opinions the more you can get confused

We suggest just two or three people for actual shopping. But if you want the other bridesmaids, your grandmother, any other special ladies to see the dress later, bring them back for the fitting!

Stay true to what you want! If you know you don’t want a veil, don’t let them talk you into it! Sure try it on to make sure, but don’t feel pressured!

This day is about what YOU want! Don't want a veil, don't get talked into one? Want a Cinderella ballgown, do it! Opinions are great, and trying out different things to see if you like it is a great idea, but at the end of the day this is about what YOU want!

There you have it! A few tips to help make your wedding dress shopping experience as dreamy as possible!

White Dress Black Tie Events is a Northern Virginia-based Day of Wedding Coordination team dedicated to executing seamless, meaningful wedding days. 

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