Wedding Dresses 101: What You Need to Know First

According to the Huffington Post, the average bride spends a whopping $1,211 on her wedding gown. Did we mention she only wears it once? Before you head to the bridal shop, check out our top 5 tips and tricks for finding the perfect gown. In this video by Mae B. Films, Bridal Stylist, Selina Howard of Vainglorious Brides gives her best advice on wedding dresses and looking fabulous on your big day!

1. Set STICK TO your budget!

This is the hardest but most important rule! Make share that you and your future hubby are %100 clear on your wedding attire budget (this includes his tux). If the dress is not in your budget, DO NOT TRY IT ON. How heartbreaking would it be to fall in love with a dress that you can not buy. There are a lot of ways to score a reasonably priced gorgeous gown including sample sales and trunk shows.

Extra Tip: Don’t forget to  include your alterations and accessories in your budget (veil, belt, shoes,etc.). 

2. Find a dress that compliments your body.

If you are Short or Petite: stick to Sheath, A-line, or Mermaid. An Empire Waist can help to make your silhouette look even longer and taller.

If you are Full Figured: Ball Gown or A-line styles are the most flattering. A fitted waist will draw attention to your beautiful curves. 

If you have a large bust: Necklines such as keyhole, high, v-neck or illusion yoke work best. A dress that allows you to wear a bra with straps will give you more support. Choosing a gown that has more detail with beading and lace at the hem line will help even out the balance, avoid gowns that have a lot of detail at the bust area. 

If you have a small bust: Styles that have extra details- layering, bead work, ruching, and lace around the bust line for a more full look. 

If you have an hour glass figure: Classic styles such as sheaths, mermaid, or a fitted princess gown. A v-neck, off the shoulder, or scoop neck help to provide balance to your shape. 

*via Hanle Productions

3. Consider your wedding venue, season, and dresscode.

The season, venue, and assumed dresscode are all important factors to consider when wedding dress shopping. Is your wedding black tie or casual? Spring or Fall? A ballgown may not be the best choose for your outdoor beach wedding. You want to be sure that you can move comfortably and gracefully through your venue  in your gown.

4. Consider a pre-loved dress.

Why should a perfectly beautiful dress only be worn once? Check out site like and for a pre-loved gown at half the cost.

5.Not all divas need an entourage.

Okay, we’ve all heard the horror stories of gown shopping but this takes the cake. Brides are starting to roll in packs while dress shopping. This can lead to disappointment  and tension when groups cannot all agree on the perfect dress. Remember, THIS IS YOUR WEDDING! When shopping for your special gown, bring a small group (3-4) of trusted family and friends. These people should have  fashion tastes and style similar to the bride. I know, everyone wants to see the dress but they all will have their chance…AT THE WEDDING!

Happy Planning!

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