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8 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Wedding Dress

For a bride, choosing the right dress to wear on the big day is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Go into dress shopping aware of these common mistakes to make finding “the one” is a much smoother process.

1. Bringing along too many people.
Although it is fun to have all your girlfriends around as you try on gowns, but too many opinions can also lead to confusion. Keep your crew down to 2 or 3 gals.

2. Wearing the wrong undergarments.
Many gowns require good support, so it’s a good idea to wear a high quality strapless bra. HuffingtonPost article points out, you’ll also be standing around a lot in your underwear, so make sure they are clean and provide decent coverage.

3. Forgetting to account for heel height. Before you start shopping, decide how high your wedding day shoes will be. You don’t need to have the actual shoes with you, just bring along any pair at the right height.

4. Being too narrow-minded. You probably have some idea of what type of dress you think will look best. But be open to trying on other types that the shop assistants suggest. They are the experts, after all. You never know, the dress for you could be totally different than you imagined.

5. Wearing too much makeup, or not enough deodorant. Sure you want to look good, but you also don’t want to smear foundation on dresses worth a ton of money. Keep your makeup simple. Dress shopping can be a stressful experience, so make sure to wear enough deodorant that you’re not spoiling the merchandise.

6. Not keeping in mind the requirements of the venue.
Account for wedding day practicalities. If your wedding is outdoors, maybe you want to forgo a long train. For a winter wedding, maybe you’ll want sometime more covering. If the ceremony is going to be in a house of worship, check with the officiant beforehand to make sure there is no dress code to follow.

7. Not having a set budget. Going into a dress shop without a budget could lead to heartbreak, if you in love with a gown you can’t afford. Do some research and online shopping beforehand so that you have a general idea of what you are willing to spend.

8. Forgetting that gowns are rentable, too. Sometimes, it is impossible not to fall in love with a dress that is way over budget. Luckily, renting allows you to wear the dress of your dreams without busting the bank. NYTimes.com explains how renting gowns is becoming increasingly popular.