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How to Choose a Perfect Wedding Dress

Are you on the lookout for your dream wedding dress? Finding your dress is one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning! And it’s not just about the dress; it’s about how you FEEL in it! 

But let’s be real: navigating the world of bridal fashion can also be a tad overwhelming. With so many styles, fabrics, and designers to choose from, where do you even begin? That’s what I’m here to help you with! Here are some tips on how to choose a wedding dress for your big day!

10 Tips on How to Choose a Wedding Dress

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Set Your Budget

First things first, decide on your dress budget. Remember to include a little extra for alterations and accessories like a veil. It’s crucial to have a clear idea of your budget to avoid the temptation of overspending. 

There are so many beautiful dresses out there that will look GORGEOUS and won’t break the bank! And also definitely keep a look out for sales!

Find the Inspo

You may already have a vision of the perfect wedding dress you’d like to have. However, if you haven’t given it a lot of thought yet, browse through some bridal magazines, scroll through Pinterest, and check out some wedding blogs! This will give you a good starting point to help you see what your preferred styles are!

Consider Your Wedding Theme

When you choose your wedding dress, you need to keep in mind your wedding theme! If you have a particular color scheme or style for the day, your wedding dress should fit the vibes! For example, if you’re having a beach wedding, you may want something light and flowy, and if you’re having a more elegant wedding day, you may want something more structured.

Listen to the Bridal Store Consultants

If you’re going to buy your dress in a bridal store, I recommend asking the consultants for advice! They have loads of experience in this matter, and they also know their inventory inside out, so they may suggest gowns you might not have picked yourself. Their experience might just lead you to the dress of your dreams!

Choose a Flattering Silhouette

The right silhouette can make all the difference. Try on different styles to find the one that flatters your body shape and makes you feel confident and beautiful.

Think About Your Comfort

Remember, you’ll be spending several hours in your dress, moving, dancing, and posing for photos. Comfort is as important as style. Ensure the dress fits well and allows freedom of movement.

Bring the Right Undergarments

Wear or bring a strapless bra and nude underwear to your fittings, similar to what you plan to wear on your big day. This helps you see the true fit and look of the dress without any distractions.

Consider Your Shoes

Bring shoes with a similar heel height to what you’ll wear on your wedding day. This will help you see how the dress moves and fits with your shoes. If you already have your wedding shoes, even better!

Stay True to Yourself

While it’s great to consider advice and trends, remember to stay true to your personal style. Your wedding dress should reflect you and make you feel like the best version of yourself.

Trust Your Gut

Finally, trust your gut feeling. When you find the right dress, you’ll know it. It’s all about that “WOW, this is THE one!” moment. Your opinion is what matters most.

Ready to Choose a Perfect Wedding Dress?

I hope that these tips on how to choose a wedding dress will help you with the process! In the end, picking out your wedding dress should be as much fun as it is meaningful. And when you finally step into that perfect dress, it’s not just about how stunning you look (though, trust me, you’ll look absolutely breathtaking!), it’s about how it makes you feel. 

If you’re looking for more fun wedding planning resources, and Minnesota wedding inspo – check out the rest of my blog


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Minnesota based wedding and lifestyle photographer living in good ole Bemidji, MN. I specialize in capturing moments of love from birth to marriage and everything in between.

hey you!

I'm Amelia








Minnesota based wedding and lifestyle photographer living in good ole Bemidji, MN. I specialize in capturing moments of love from birth to marriage and everything in between.

hey you!

I'm Amelia