Twinkling rope lights strung about, flowers displayed on every surface, gorgeously prepared meals and desserts, mason jar glasses, and cut chalkboard signs—these are the things that make up a wedding. The decor, the food, the drink, the setting, and the feeling are all planned out, down to every last detail. These things are important and will definitely make your wedding more special and beautiful, but one thing you should focus on more is your wedding dress.

We aren’t saying that brides don’t put a lot of thought or planning into their wedding dress. Many bride’s try on a ton of different dresses before picking the one. But wedding dresses are special and they are the one thing you will be wearing during the most important day of your life. You want your dress to be perfect. It should match your style, flatter your figure, and should look as though it was made for you, not the other way around.

Every woman has their own personal style. Every woman has their own figure and body shape. Every woman knows what she likes and all of these things is what should help you determine the dress you will get.

Wedding dress shopping can be stressful and overwhelming. It can be difficult to narrow down your options and pick just one. It can be hard to know if you are picking the right dress. And it can be stressful going through the entire process. On the day of your wedding, you may not care about what you are wearing, but that doesn’t mean you should wear any old dress. You still want this dress to be special and gorgeous, you want to feel like a goddess as you glide down the aisle.

But wedding dress shopping can also be exciting and one of the best parts about planning a wedding. You have been thinking about this dress for a long time, as a little girl you probably planned exactly how you wanted it to look. You may have looked through magazines to see the new styles and different designs, thinking about what you would be wearing one day as you walked down the aisle to the love of your life.

Now it is time to pick the wedding dress, for real. No more pretending, no more imagining, this is your time to finally pick the dress you will get married in! No pressure. In this blog, we are going to give you some tips to help you find the perfect wedding dress. Take a deep breath, relax, and keep reading.

Do Research

Looking at those magazines and Pinterest pictures of wedding dresses is finally paying off! By now, you probably have an idea of what you like and what you don’t like. You probably know what style you want and what kind of detailing you want. Do additional research and look at bridal dress websites to see what they have in stock, what styles are currently popular, and if there is anything that catches your eye.

On some sites, for example David’s Bridal, you can find dresses based on price, silhouette, sleeve type, size, color, and so much more. This allows you to search for what you like, keep within budget, and check out different styles as well. Seeing different styles and exploring through the wide variety of dress styles out there can help you be more open minded and find a few different styles you may like.

Be Open Minded

We know you have a dress in mind and we know you don’t even want to think about trying on different dresses, it will just open the door to so many more options. But looking at different dresses can help you find something you may not have known you liked and allow you to truly figure out what works best for you.

Stay True to Size

Every bride plans on losing weight before their wedding, but as your wedding gets closer, you may find that you are too stressed and overwhelmed with planning your wedding on top of everything else to even think about heading to the gym. Don’t start looking at wedding dresses that are too small for you because you hope to fit into it on your big day. Wedding dresses are often sized higher than your normal clothing, but this doesn’t matter and no one will know. The only thing you want to worry about is being able to fit into your wedding dress on the day of your wedding. It is easy to bring the dress in and if you do happen to lose weight before the wedding, bring it in to have it altered so that it fits as you want it to. But never get a smaller size and challenge yourself to fit into it, that is a challenge that you may not win.

Try Them All

While trying on every dress in the bridal shop is way too much, we do suggest trying on different silhouette styles, necklines, sleeves styles, fabrics, and colors than you originally wanted. Not only will this give you a taste of what is out there but it will also allow you to find what works with your body and what will flatter you most. Not everyone looks good in dresses that have a mermaid silhouette, just like not everyone will look good in a strapless dress. Trying on a variety of styles can help you to find what looks best on you and what style you should look for. Try on the silhouette that you like best, of course, but if it doesn’t look how you imagined, then try something else on. You may find that the one silhouette you thought you would hate ends up being the style that looks best on you!

There are many different dress styles out there and limiting yourself to try on one style is like going into the biggest ice cream shop and only sampling one flavor of ice cream. Who would do that? Not you! So, why tries on dresses that only fall into one style when there is a huge variety of dresses that you may be missing out on. You don’t know what dress is going to look best on you and you don’t know what dress is going to be the one.

Don’t Follow Trends

Trends are hard to avoid, especially when you see all of your friends getting married and wearing these trendy dresses, you are likely to try finding something similar. But don’t follow the trends just to be “trendy.” Find a dress you love, something timeless and classic is better than something that will go out of style in a few years. If you want to pass your dress down to your children or your nieces, you will want to be sure it is not outrageous by the time they get married. We have all seen those wedding dresses from the past that are too much now, but a wedding dress that has timeless elements while also using current style elements may be the perfect mix.

Don’t Rush

Picking your wedding dress is a big deal. You want it to be perfect, look great, and fit your style. You don’t want to make a rush decision and get a dress that you feel iffy about. Make sure you take your time, truly analyze each dress, and try on as many as you need. If you don’t like what you have been trying on, try switching up the dress style until you find something that you like.

You also do not want the bridal stylist to stop you from or push you to try on more. If you need to try on more to find your perfect dress, then keep trying on dresses. If you are getting overwhelmed and can’t try on any more dresses, don’t feel like you have to. There is no need to try on more dresses when you already have found one you like.

Try Multiple Shops

Not every bridal shop is going to have the style you are looking for. Some may be more formal while you have a boho chic vibe. If you don’t like what you are seeing at one shop don’t be afraid to head to another shop until you find one that has the style you are looking for.

Wedding dress shopping is fun but it can get stressful. But these tips can help make the entire process easier for you. Just remember that this is one thing you will wear on one of the most important days of your life, so make sure you find something that you love!

If you are still looking for a wedding venue, be sure to schedule a visit with Bohemia River Overlook. Our venue offers three different locations that can compliment your wedding theme and style. Planning your wedding is simpler with Bohemia River Overlook and these wedding dress tips!