Finding the perfect wedding dress is a notoriously difficult task. With so many styles to choose from—think feminine mermaid gowns, classic A-line silhouettes, minimalist lace designs and many more—the shopping process can be more than a little overwhelming. It may involve months of planning, countless fitting appointments and hours of discussions with your bridesmaids.
To make your journey to searching your dream gown easier and more pleasant, we speak to renowned bridal designer Christina Devine for some expert advice on wedding dress shopping.
1. The right research
Today’s brides-to-be have everything at their fingertips, literally. While it’s always a good idea to source your wedding dress inspiration from the beautiful photos featured in fashion magazines and lifestyle websites, or take some advice from your trusted bridal fashion stylist, it will quickly cause idea burnout.
“I personally sit down with each one of my brides and discuss what they are looking for and what inspires them,” says Devine. It’s important to think about whether the dress you picked can reflect your personality and make you feel like the best version of yourself, regardless of other people’s expectations. Take a look at the images you saved and narrow down your choices by spotting common styles. Then, make a list of features that you'd really love to see on your dress to streamline the process.