Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Your Wedding Dress
Choosing your wedding dress can be one of the most time-consuming and difficult tasks you’ll face while planning your wedding. You may find yourself perplexed by indecision and hesitant to make a choice. This is not unusual. After all, you want to look and feel your best on the day, so it’s only natural that your choice of dress will be a careful one. While it’s good to invest adequate time and thought into choosing your dress, it’s also important not to become bogged down by doubts and uncertainty. You’ll need to make a decision eventually. You’ll also need to allow yourself enough time to plan the rest of your outfit around your dress, as well as the outfits of your bridesmaids. The key is to strike the right balance between careful consideration and confident decisiveness.
Achieving the right balance can be difficult. At times, you may find yourself wracked by uncertainty. You may sometimes feel as if you’ll never make a decision. At other times, you may feel so fed up that you risk making a hasty decision that you’ll later regret. Sounds a little like walking the tightrope, doesn’t it? Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to avoid common mistakes, and doing so will make the whole process a little easier. In this week’s blog post, we’d like to point some of these common mistakes out, so that you can be prepared.
Recruiting close friends and family members to help with dress-shopping is a common practice. There are good reasons for this. Shopping for wedding dresses is a lot of fun, and you’ll benefit from having some trusted advisors on hand to help you choose. However, it’s important not to recruit too many of these advisors. Too many conflicting viewpoints can give rise to unnecessary confusion, and you may find yourself having more doubts than you should. It’s best to stick with a small number of close confidantes, who understand your tastes and will give you confidence in your own decision making, as well as contributing their own thoughts. Remember, your wedding dress should be chosen by you, not by a committee!
Don’t Stray Out of Budget
You should decide on a budget early in the process, and you should stick to it rigorously. At some point, you’ll inevitably see that gorgeous piece that’s just ever-so-slightly out of budget, and you’ll find yourself wondering what the harm is in trying it on. This is a slippery slope; as soon as you’re trying on one dress that’s out of budget, you’ll find yourself eyeing up the next. Ultimately, trying on dresses that are out of budget is a waste of time and will only add to your confusion, making it harder for you to find the dress you’ll be happy with.
Don’t Overwhelm Yourself with Choices
Even when staying within your budget, you should try to limit your choices carefully. Trying on too many dresses can do more harm than good when it comes to being decisive. Rather than visiting every wedding boutique you can find, you should compile a shortlist of four or five that come highly recommended, or whose catalogues you particularly admire. Focusing your search on these few boutiques will allow you to find the right dress more quickly, as you’ll have fewer options to consider. Think of it as turning down the volume, so that you can hear the sound you want to.
Keep an Open Mind
You may find yourself starting your search with a very clear idea of the type of dress you want. This is perfectly natural, and if you have something specific in mind you should absolutely seek it out. However, you should also be prepared to consider alternatives in the event that what you’re looking for can’t be found. Focusing on one ideal can cause you to overlook something that you may love if you give it just a little consideration. As a result, being too rigid can lead to prolonging your search unnecessarily. Keep an open mind to everything, and you’ll find the perfect dress.
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