Choosing the Perfect Wedding Dress

August 20, 2014

Millie B Photography via The Perfect Palette / Wedding Dress by Sareh Nouri

There are SO many fun things about weddings, but one of the best is searching for just the right dress. I think the reason we get dreamy eyed about gorgeous wedding dresses is that they embody the perfect blend of our childhood princess fantasies and our more grown-up hopes of finding Prince Charming.


T Barton Photography via The Well Traveled Wife / Wedding Dress by Pronovias

It takes more than a breathtaking dress, however, to be the perfect dress for you. Keep these things in mind when shopping for a wedding dress:

Find the silhouette that’s most flattering on you. To get started, visit these websites for hints on figuring out the best fit for your frame.

  • Make sure you love the bodice of the dress. I LOVE gorgeous skirts and trains, but keep in mind that many photos will focus on your face. The top of your gown will get more attention than the bottom half.
  • Some women like to make a girls’ day out of their wedding-gown shopping. This can be lots of fun, but keep in mind that the more girlfriends, sisters, cousins, mothers, and aunts you have along, the more opinions you’re going to get. When it comes down to it, it’s important that you love the dress – no matter what anyone else thinks. And don’t feel badly if you would rather go dress shopping alone. Wedding boutiques see many brides that come in by themselves.
  • Many wedding gowns run two to three sizes larger than your regular size. (This was the case with my dress.) Don’t be discouraged about the size of the dress. If you love and it fits, that’s all that matters.


Caitlin Turner Photography via Pretty is This / Wedding Dress by Oleg Cassini at David’s Bridal

  • Because of the volume of fabric that makes up many wedding dresses, they can be hard to move around in. To some degree this is expected, but make sure you pick a dress that won’t frustrate or annoy you as you try to navigate the ceremony and reception. A gown with a long, full skirt and flowing train may be gorgeous, just don’t expect to zip around the reception in it.