Top 10 Tips for Wedding Dress Shopping

hi I'm captain Elizabeth a wedding

photographer and a bridal boutique owner

based in San Diego and today I'm gonna

be sharing my top 10 tips for your

wedding dress shopping experience

my first tip actually Arkans back to the

last video I made about how many bridal

boutiques you should visit my

recommendation is no more than three and

this first tip is actually going to be

very much related in that I recommend

not trying on too many gowns it can

become very easy to be overwhelmed if

you're trying on 50-plus gowns I would

say on average the brides who visit our

store and purchase have probably tried

on less than 15 maybe 20 gowns for the

most part we do have some brides who try

on more than that but most of the time

brides are able to find a dress that

they love that has nothing missing from

it in well under 20 or even fifteen

gowns now that said if you've tried on

that many and you are not loving

anything I would say that if you have

hit the point where you've tried on 40

gallons at that point it is time to

reevaluate what is going on inside my

mind why am I not like any of these

dresses is it the style of the gown is

it the price point do I not like the way

I look is it a confidence issue figure

out what is going on because you should

definitely be able to find a gown

without having to try on 50 or more

dresses now my second tip is to narrow

down your vision when it comes to gowns

and make sure that you are then

comparing every gown to that style so

once you've actually tried on some

styles because some brides actually a

lot of brides will say oh I don't want

to wear this style of Gallen and then

the stylists say you know what based on

your feedback I actually would love it

if you would just try that style and

then the bride loves that implies it

that happens so many times so definitely

be a little open-minded but have a

vision so once you've tried on gowns and

you know what you're liking on your body

you now need to stick with that vision

and compare every dress to that vision

so say you even have a favorite gown

that you've tried on so far every dress

thereafter that you tried on is now

going to be compared to that dress and

that is how you're going to determine

how you really narrow down to the final

decision now my third point is to know

when to stop shopping again I've kind of

mentioned that you don't have to trim

that many gowns to find your gown

so once you have actually

found a gown that you love and nothing

is missing from it there is no reason

you need to keep seeing what's out there

or keep trying on more of just because

you want to make sure it's the one once

you find the one for you it is the one

for you there might be another one but

this is one that you already love and it

has nothing missing there's no reason

that you need to keep shopping now in

order to get to this point of finding a

gown that is perfect for your wedding

day I would always recommend that you be

open-minded throughout your appointment

so that is another huge tip that I want

to share with you all like I mentioned

we often have brides come in thinking

that they don't want a certain style and

after they've tried on a few gallons the

stylist thinks that that style might

actually be really great for them and

more often than not the bride loves it

and completely changes her mind so I

would say be open at least try on one

thing that your stylist suggests and

just see and this leads me to my second

point of please be open and honest with

your stylist you are not going to hurt

their feelings by telling them what

you're not liking and what you are

liking what is going to be really tough

for your stylist is if you're just like

oh it's just not for me but you're not

telling them why or if you're not being

honest they can't help you unless you

help them they cannot read your mind so

even if you are a very shy bride say

something like I don't like how low-cut

it is or I don't like this kind of lace

it feels too old-fashioned or I don't

like this the sleeves are restrictive of

my motion so you've got to tell them

things so that they can then help you

find a gown that is better suited to

your likes and your dislikes another tip

is to be aware of what color suits your

skintone best the bridal gowns are

usually made in a white which is a very

very very white gown and an ivory which

is a softer but still basically a white

dress and then also a honey tone which

is a little bit more of a sandy color

often found in the Under

the lining of the wedding dress so it

pops through to give contrast against

white lace some gowns are made in blue

or blush or a champagne color so know

what color suits your skintone and if

you are open to non ivory or non white

gowns definitely let your stylist know

and they can pull something that might

be a really great match your skin tone

but that you might not have thought oh

that looks really Bridal on the rack but

once it's on you it feels perfectly

Bridal now my next tip is to make sure

that when you are inviting people to

your bridal opponent's but you are

inviting only people who are going to be

supportive if you are bringing somebody

who is generally not supportive of you

or able to see the gown on you for you

and not try to pee like it's their own

wedding that they're shopping for that

is not going to be very helpful you

don't want someone in this process which

is a very special experience telling you

negative things just for the sake of

being negative if you know somebody's

not gonna have anything positive or nice

to say leave them at home seriously it

would be so much better for you to have

a positive experience filled with

supportive people then to be bringing

someone you feel like you have to bring

but you don't want to because you know

but they're not gonna make it a pleasant

experience for you another tip I have

that is related to the people you bring

with you is that during the appointment

please try not to let your opinion be

overshadowed by someone else's if you

find it down that you are loving but

Aunt Susan hates it honestly at this

point if you want to just buy it don't

worry about what she says yes she's

there she's giving her opinion maybe

she's been supportive but she also just

really doesn't like this gown but you

ultimately decide that you absolutely

love it

then go with your gut instinct let

yourself make the ultimate decision

about your wedding dress don't let other

people overshadow you even if you do

value their opinion you can always take

it and disagree with it and get the

dress that you are loving now sometimes

it's really great because everybody's

opinions online and that's awesome that

can just reinforce your decision that

you've made

but if you're finding that your opinions

are clashing with everybody else's and

you're listening to their opinions and

you're deciding that it's not really

affecting how you feel about the gown go

buy your gown do you get the gown that

you love now a huge tip that I have for

all brides even before you go shopping

is to have a budget or a budget range if

you do not know this you need to figure

out your total budget and then allocate

a percentage to your dress that you know

is going to suit you maybe you have some

wiggle room maybe you don't but if you

just start trying to go to stores and

you have no idea of budget that helps

nobody because what happens if they put

you in a gown that you fall in love with

you ultimately decide that it's too


well now you're heartbroken so we always

ask that brides

let us know a budget or a budget range

so that they might say my budget is

3,500 or my max is 4,000 or they might

say my budget is between three and four

thousand sometimes we get really big

ranges like $2,000 range from three to

five and we're like okay right like it's

nice to have a budget to work with

because then we know we can show you we

don't want to show you things that are

outside of your price range so please be

honest be honest and the down prices are

not gonna change once you get in the

store so there's no use in lying about

your budget be honest and open we want

to help you we want to make sure that

you get a gown that you love that is

within your price point when setting

this budget it is also important to

consider whether you are thinking of

alterations combined in that gown budget

or if you want to make alterations

budgets separate same thing goes for

veil and accessories if you have a

$3,000 budget that is supposed to cover

all of those things you cannot be

spending $2,700 on your dress you will

have no room left for alterations which

typically can be anywhere from five to

eight hundred dollars from an expert

seamstress for bridal gowns so you

wouldn't have any money left over before

going over budget over that $3,000 price

point but say you've made your gown

budget three

and then your alterations is a separate

budget and then you have a separate

thing for veil hair accessories and

shoes so it's important to keep that in

mind be open about this during your

appointment if your gown budget includes

alterations you need to tell them that

so that they can keep that in mind when

pulling gowns that are appropriate for

your price point my last step advice is

going to be that you bring visuals to

your appointment if it is your first

time shopping I recommend that you bring

a couple of photos of gowns you found on

the internet that you love that you can

show your stylist so that you can start

with gowns that match that style or that

exact dress now if it is not your first

time shopping if you've been to a place

before you hopefully took photos of you

and some of the gowns that you really

loved don't take pictures of yourself in

a gown during an appointment that you

don't love okay because the pictures

that you love are gonna be used to

compare two dresses that other stores

it's not helpful if you have to sort

through all these photos of gowns you

thought were just okay so try to save

your photos for gowns you love that will

make your narrowing down process easier

and then compare every gown against

those photos and if you start finding

gowns that you love more than the ones

at your past store go ahead and get rid

of those photos but it is really helpful

to have either photos from the internet

or photos from your other shopping

experience so the stylist knows either

what she's up against what she needs to

beat for you to love that gown or simply

things to just pull if it's your first

experience I hope these 10 tips for

helpful for you guys we put these

together from our stylists and then my

experience so these come from people who

have dozens of years combined experience

in the bridal industry hope that you

guys take at least some of these with

you and that is helpful in your process

I will see you guys next time bye