Mistakes Every Bride Should Avoid When Choosing Her Wedding Gown

As a bride-to-be, you've probably been pinning all your favorite wedding gowns and dreaming about the kind of dress you want and how you want to look and feel on your wedding day. You're on this website after all! And we've got plenty of beautiful dresses to choose from. But while you're dreaming and pinning, there are a few mistakes you'll want to avoid. In order to get the dreamiest dress and make sure you look and feel your best when you walk down the aisle, keep these mistakes in mind and turn the other way!

Don't Try a New Style 

That's not to say that you shouldn't try on the latest fad in wedding gowns or ask your makeup artist/hairstylist to give you a fresh face and a fancy, new do. What it is saying is that you shouldn't do for the sake of doing. Don't wear the layers of chiffon ruffles just because it's what you've seen in all the magazines. And don't cut off all your hair in a mad rush to embrace the wild feminine on a full moon. 

Stick to your classic style. Stick to what you feel best in and what looks make you feel comfortable, sexy, and confident. If that happens to be ruffles and spiky pink hair, okay. If not, it doesn't mean you're boring or unwilling to take risks. It just means you're you! And trust us, you're wedding day is so not the day to take risks. Those pictures you're spending a good amount of your budget on will last forever. Make sure you won't cringe when you look at them 10 years from now.

Don't Go Overboard 

I know your wedding day is the perfect time to wear everything romantic and fairy tale like, but there is such a thing as too much. You don't need the sparkling belt and the crystal necklace and the dangling earrings and the beaded bodice and the...you get the picture. When you're in the midst of picking out a wedding dress, keep in mind the accessories you absolutely must have and how they will work with the dress of your dreams. Remember, simple is sweet and you'll look so much more put together when you walk down the aisle. 

Don't Take Other's Opinions to Heart 

Whether you are sitting in a bridal boutique with your mom and bridal party or pouring over wedding websites with your maid of honor, don't let the opinions of others sway you (too much). Sure, their opinion does count and you should listen with an open heart and mind, but if so-and-so keeps badgering you about this particular dress, but you really want this other one, go with your gut instinct. 

It's your dress, your body, your wedding. Take other's opinions into consideration, but don't let them steer you in a direction that doesn't feel right to you.

Don't Wait Until the Last Minute 

This includes choosing a wedding dress and leaving enough time for alterations, should you need them. Most brides can't wait to get on the gown-hunting trail, but many wait until the last minute to make necessary tweaks, which leads to major stress.

Keep your stress minimal by following a dress shopping timeline, like this one by The Knot. Buy your dress eight months before the wedding and get it fitted at least three months before.

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Size 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 16W 18W 20W 22W 24W 26W 28W 30W
Bust 32 33 34 35 36 37 38.5 40 41.5 43.5 43 45 47 49 51 53 55 57
Waist 25 26 27 28 29 30 31.5 33 34.5 36.5 37 39 41 43.5 46 48.5 51 53.5
Hip 35.5 36.5 37.5 38.5 39.5 40.5 42 43.5 45 47 48 50 52 54.5 57 59.5 62 64.5
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