What to Wear Wedding Dress Shopping: Do’s and Don’ts
Shopping for a wedding gown is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but it requires some forethought and knowledge to feel prepared for the bridal salon’s fitting room. Selecting bridal gown pictures from Instagram is fantastic, but dress shopping also requires a few additional items you should bring to the salon.
What to Wear When Wedding Dress Shopping
When dress shopping, knowing what to wear can make your experience smooth and enjoyable. Here are some tips on what to wear when trying on dresses:
Wear Comfortable and Convenient Clothing
You’ll likely try on a number of bridal gowns during your bridal appointments with different bridal salons, so make sure you’re wearing something you can easily get in and out of in the dressing room. Consider wearing the undergarments you’ll be wearing under your gown on your wedding day when you’re out dress shopping.
Wear the Right Undergarments
The right lingerie or skin tone shapewear will prevent visible panty lines, making a world of difference between a wedding gown fitting well and fitting flawlessly. It’s also a good idea to go braless, or with a strapless bra.
Most dresses have a fitting bodice that offers more support than a typical bra, but you might want to have one on hand in case you decide to go with a different neckline. It’s important to make measurements while wearing exactly what you’ll be wearing on your big day, helping to minimize future adjustments past the initial fitting.
Wear the Right Heels
It’s best to bring the shoes you’ll be wearing on your wedding day to your dress fittings. This will allow the seamstress to take correct measurements and help reduce any further alterations down the line.
Additional Items You Should Bring When Wedding Dress Shopping
Bringing a wallet and a smile simply doesn’t cut it when you’re looking for a wedding dress, so make sure to bring those loved ones that make you smile and share the experience with them. Here are some additional items you should bring with you:
The very first thing your bridal stylist is going to ask is what kind of wedding dress style you’re going for. Are you looking for a traditional ball gown or an A-line boho dress? Which wedding dress styles do you like, and what would be your perfect wedding dress?
Coming into a bridal boutique with reference photos of different styles you like significantly narrows the choice and makes it easier for bridal shops to cater to your desires and personal style. It would be even more helpful if you’d narrow thousands of dresses you like to your top ten favorite dresses, as it would help the stylist better understand what exactly constitutes your dream wedding dress.
For more information or inspiration, check out our seven different wedding dress styles that are trending guide for style-conscious brides.
Your Best Friends
Every bride wants to share her dress shopping experience with her bridesmaids, friends, and family members. However, bringing a huge entourage when picking a dress can be stressful for several reasons. For example, most bridal shops can accommodate four or five guests at the time, including the bride, so the number of people you can bring is limited.
The bigger the entourage, the more opinions you’ll get, leading to disagreements, so consider quality over quantity. Most bridal retailers also offer bridesmaids dresses, so it may be best to turn this into a shared experience.
Common topics for news reports include war, politics, and business, as well as athletic events, quirky or unusual events, and the doings of celebrities.
Questions to Ask Your Stylist
Bringing a set of wedding dress photos is extremely helpful, but it would help if you also inquired with your stylist about different wedding dress styles, which style would compliment your body type the most, and which embellishments and necklines work best with different dress types.
An Open Mind and a Positive Attitude
It’s also important to keep an open mind while searching for the best wedding dress. Your bridal stylist is a paid professional with plenty of experience and should be able to recommend the best wedding dress for your body shape. Always give their recommendation a chance in the dressing room.
A shopping experience attached to a very special day in your life is bound to be emotionally charged, so make sure that you bring a positive attitude. This is where the quality-over-quantity of your entourage also comes into play.
How to Prepare for Wedding Dress Shopping
Here are some shopping tips and tricks to make your wedding dress shopping easier. Please refer to our Ultimate Wedding Dress Shopping Tips + Guide for a more comprehensive list.
Know Your Budget
It’s always a good idea to set a budget for your wedding dress before visiting a bridal salon. Setting up a price point, which should encapsulate the dress and all the necessary alterations, will help narrow your options and help manage your expectations. However, getting carried away and overstepping your budget may severely impact your overall budget, hindering your wedding planning.
Know When and Where You Will Shop
Setting up the budget is crucial, as it will determine the range of stores you’ll visit, whether they’ll be high-end boutiques, chain stores, or small-time-designer shops. It’s important to note that larger cities, such as New York City or Melbourne, usually feature a larger assortment of retailers selling designer dresses.
Make an Appointment
After you’ve established your budget and the range of stores you’re willing to visit, it’s time to start scheduling appointments and trying on your gown for the first time. A general rule is to have all of your appointments scheduled close to each other so that you can make more accurate comparisons.
Scheduling appointments is important since they’ll ask you all the pertinent information regarding your wedding plans, such as your body shape, dress style you’re looking for, and wedding venue. The stylist will then use this information to determine which wedding dress would be the most appropriate for you.
Shop 9 to 12 Months Before Your Wedding
Start looking for the perfect dress nine to 12 months before your wedding. This may seem early, but it will take you some time to find a suitable wedding gown, and that’s actually the easiest part. Your stylist and seamstress still have to alter the dress and add various decorations, not to mention that you’ll have to go to a couple of fitting before your dress is wedding-ready.
Wearing appropriate clothing, undergarments, and wedding shoes to your bridal appointments is crucial, as it allows the salon staff to take your measurements correctly, minimizing any further alterations. It’s also important to bring a positive entourage and an open mind.
By following our shopping tips, finding a perfect wedding dress shouldn’t be an issue. If you’re in the market for something brick-and-mortar stores can’t provide, visit us at The Sposa Group — we offer a wide assortment of dresses of all styles, fit for all body types.
I had the most amazing experience finding my dress at the Sposa Group. I honestly cannot speak more highly of Jas and her support throughout the whole process. From the moment we walked in she made our group feel very welcome and comfortable. Jas is a wealth of knowledge and offered advice and guidance on different dresses as well as veils. Not to mention she is an absolute ray of sunshine, which made the experience so positive. I would highly recommend The Sposa Group !
After mix up in the appointment time , Marianna was more than welcoming and made me feel very comfortable. She was very open too feedback snd just wanted me to be happy. She has been accomodating and has always answered any questions I had. I found my dream dress and I’m so glad I went through this experience with Marianna.
I live in the area and have passed this store multiple times, during my bridal dress hunt, I never looked into this place originally due to the dresses in the window not being the style i was going for at all, but then I stumbled upon it online and saw the amazing reviews and decided to give the store a go as I wasn't having much luck elsewhere. And I am so glad I did!!! I had a wonderful experience, I was helped by multiple lovely consultants who together helped me find the shape, fabric and cut off my dream dress. I was blown away by the kindness and creativity and all for such an affordable price. I loved the bottom of one dress and the top of another and since they were the same designer they said they can custom make it for me! I'm getting a custom dress for such a great price and at a store I can't wait to go back too for my fittings!
I could not recommend the Sposa group enough!I went in knowing the style and look of my dream dress and Amelia was so attentive and didn't make me feel bad for wanting a dress with no lace or embellishments. She listened to everything that I was saying that I either liked or disliked about the dresses I tried on. She took in all the information she had gathered about my style and recommended some dresses that I would have never chosen for myself that ended up being my dress!I did go to other stores after Sposa as I felt I should shop around as Sposa was the first boutique I had gone to. Big mistake!After being stood up by one store, then going to another where the guy "looking after" me gave me such a bad attitude after not liking the dresses he put me in (that were disgusting and covered in makeup stains, and the stitching was stretched) and other stores that just had bad vibes, I knew I needed to go back to Sposa and say "yes" to my dress.The environment is clean and beautiful, the dresses are clean, the staff are amazing and so so soooo helpful.I wouldn't bother going to any other place.
We did the private experience with champagne and the platters. Honestly beyond happy with the service and the food and bubbles were amazing! We had such a wonderful time and enjoyed having the beautiful space to ourselves. More importantly I felt so comfortable and reassured for the whole experience, the knowledge the team have and the time and care they take to understand you and your day but to also find and ‘fit’ the dress they truly go above and beyond to help you visualise every detail. You won’t get service like this anywhere else, it was truly appreciated from a nervous and unsure bride to be. I’ll forever be thankful for this experience. Cannot recommend highly enough. Thanks again to the team can’t wait to pick up my dress!!!
After going to multiple bridal Boutiques I have to say my mum sister and I left the Sposa Group boutique raving about the customer service here. I had Vesna as my consultant and she was the most patient and helpful consultant. She did not pressure me into any hasty decisions and made me feel in complete control of the whole process of choosing and buying my wedding gown
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My experience at The Sposa group was wonderful and I couldn't thank Marianna enough for all her help. She was amazing and patient in helping me find my dress and I am so grateful. I would 100% recommend to anyone looking for their gown.
The whole process with Sposa was absolutely seamless from trying-on, to alterations, to pick-up. None of the other bridal shop experiences I had when choosing my dress could even come close to comparing to the experience I had at this store. The moment I walked in the positive energy was infectious; I can absolutely tell just how much all of the beautiful ladies I dealt with genuinely love what they do. The range of amazing dresses, especially the ballgowns, was like nothing I’d ever seen. Thank-you to the whole team for making me feel beautiful, and for making the whole 12 month process so exciting and stress-free. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have chosen Sposa to play such an important role in our day!
By far the best bridal shop!! All staff were incredibly welcoming and such lovely people! I had Marianna as my consultant and she made the entire experience seamless and super fun! She absolutely knows everything she is talking about and made every decision I made super easy. I never second guessed myself and she gave some awesome tips! So so so happy! Would highly recommend :)
I had the most incredible experience working with Amelia at The Sposa Group for my wedding dress shopping! She was an absolute joy to work with - easygoing, kind, and incredibly helpful. She made the whole process so much more enjoyable and stress-free. Her expertise and attention to detail were outstanding. I couldn't have asked for a better consultant. Thank you, for making this experience truly unforgettable! Highly recommend!!!
I recently had the absolute pleasure of visiting The Sposa Group, and I can't express how thrilled I am with my experience there. This boutique truly deserves every single one of these five stars!What truly sets The Sposa Group apart is their exceptional customer service. Suellen was patient, attentive, and incredibly knowledgeable. She made me feel like I was her top priority throughout the entire process. Her expert advice and guidance were invaluable in helping me make my decision.I'm so grateful to The Sposa Group for helping me find the wedding dress of my dreams. I can't wait to walk down the aisle in it! If you're a bride-to-be looking for a memorable and stress-free bridal gown shopping experience, look no further than The Sposa Group. They've earned my trust and my highest recommendation. Thank you for everything!
Amelia helped me find the perfect dress after her endless patience and amazing advice and service both times I was at sposa. I came in not knowing what I loved to finding myself using what I learnt from Amelia at other stores which I would've have if I didn't have the experience here! The range is also amazing from ball gowns to a line dresses to curvy and fit and flare or mermaids styles. Definitely check out this store!
I had such a wonderful experience with Amelia, I could not recommend Amelia and the team at The Sposa Group more highly. She was very warm and welcoming and kind in every interaction and made me and my girls feel comfortable and confident throughout the whole process.
Had a wonderful experience shopping for my dress at this gorgeous boutique. Amelia was very professional, and went above and beyond to help me find my dream dress!
The most amazing customer service from the ladies (Vesna and Marianna)! highly recommend
Where do I begin? Marianna is an absolute angel who brought my wedding dress dreams to life. ❤️ I could not be happier with the service that I received from the Sposa Group and the dress itself was absolutely perfect and the quality is second to none. I originally flew to Melbourne from Brisbane (where I live) to go wedding dress shopping with my mum. I had a store and dress in mind when traveling to Melbourne. I then stumbled across the Sposa Group on my last day in Melbourne and was greeted by the wonderful Marianna and Chelsea. I am the most indecisive person ever but Marianna was so patient and kind with me. She actually spent time with me (unlike other stores where you’re rushed out the door). She really got to know me and the style of dress I was after. After leaving the store I could not stop thinking about a particular dress that I had tried on. I decided to fly back again and Marianna spent more time with me, allowing me to fully customise a Demetrios wedding gown. I was sold! Since the initial appointment Marianna has spent countless hours with me either over the phone or in person or at alterations. She even came in on her day off! Btw the alterations team at Sposa were also amazing and worked tirelessly to ensure my gown fitted like a glove. In my time shopping for wedding dresses and also for friends wedding dresses, I’ve gone to 40+ bridal stores and there is no store like the Sposa Group. They just go above and beyond. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart Marianna, you and your team made my wedding dress experience so special. I’ll never forget it ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Amelia and the team at Sposa were amazing! They made the whole process so enjoyable at their care and attention to detail made purchasing my wedding dress a seamless decision! Thanks so much Amelia you were incredible!!
Absolutely fantastic experience with Sposa. Marianna was incredibly helpful throughout the entire dress hunting process! All the staff from Sposa patiently listened to my ideas for my dream dress and offered valuable advices which make this stressful dress hunting experience into a memorable and enjoyable one. Definitely go for Sposa if you are looking for a bridal dress shop that offers wedding dresses way beyond your dream!
Buying a dress is a really big deal. The staff at Sposa were so cheerful, welcoming and kind. I'm fortunate to be quite confident but, regardless, the team made sure they were sensitive throughout. I didn't feel vulnerable or nervous at all.Not to mention their huuuuuge range of dresses! I am certain that there is something for everyone here!I'm not quite married yet but, with the help of the team at Sposa, I know I'm going to look and feel so glamorous.Would recommend.
Sposa Group Wedding Dresses offers a breathtakingly beautiful showroom, creating a dream space for brides-to-be. Their excellent customer service invites you to share your vision, helping to select the perfect dress. A special shoutout to Suellen, who in one appointment, proficiently guided me from a sea of designs down to two stunning options. The experience is tailored, comfortable, and all about your desires. Highly recommend!
Had the most wonderful bridal experience! I was blown away by the service of Marianna! And all her exceptional staff around her as well!I would recommend going to The Sposa Group to any soon to be bride. Their level of care mixed with absolute authenticity is extremely refreshing and no other experience within the bridal industry compares! Cannot wait to come back to Sposa to receive my wedding dress!
Thanks for the best experience, Sposa Group! Suellen had exactly the right energy and made our visit calm, relaxed and fun. Her ability to provide great advice helped guide us in finding the perfect wedding dress! We're so grateful, couldn't be happier!!