It’s one of the most important parts of your special day- your wedding dress! While it is all too easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of information out there, here are a few simple dos and don’ts when going wedding dress shopping.

DO – Shop early! The closer you get to your wedding day the more intense (not to mention less fun) your dress hunt will become. Get your wedding dress early so you can relax and enjoy your day once it arrives.

DO – Research before your buy. The quickest and easiest way to research is by searching online. There are many websites dedicated do wedding dresses where you can get a ton of useful information about styles, designs, trends, etc.. If you have specific colors in mind, Pinterest is a gold mine when it comes to inspiration.

DO – Go to a wedding dress specialist. You should visit several wedding boutiques, and learn from the pros. Of course, keep in mind they are selling, so you should take everything with a grain of salt.

DO – Expect minor alterations. Even the most expensive designer wedding gowns might need a few adjustments. If you buy your gown well in advance, you may need to alter the dress again a couple of weeks prior to the wedding.

DO – Keep an open mind while you shop for your wedding dress. Try lots of things on. Often the dress you thought you’d never like is the one that makes you look and feel the best.

DO – Bring shoes with the same height as your wedding shoes are going to be on your special day.

DO – Slip a bustier and a pair of control-top panty hose into your purse.

DO – Have Fun!

DON’T – Avoid panic if you have to special order! Wedding dress salons can special order your dress and have it guaranteed to be delivered before a certain date if you ask them.

DON’T – You should never feel like you have to put up with unfriendly sales people. This is your wedding day, your big purchase. The sales person who sells your wedding dress to you should share in your enthusiasm and make it exciting for you.

DON’T – Try not to shop after you’ve bought your dress. Instead, enjoy the rest of your wedding planning journey and avoid the trap of buyer’s remorse!

DON’T – Don’t give up! Finding that perfect wedding dress is going to take some work, and it’s okay if it takes longer than you expected. Finding the one will be worth it in the end.

DON’T – It is so important not to take too many people wedding dress shopping with you. You shouldn’t take more than five people with you on your shopping trip or you’re bound to become overwhelmed with opinions.

So there you have it, a few simple dos and don’ts for your journey into the world of wedding dress shopping. Keep calm, and try on until you find the right one. Happy searching!