Shopping for your dream wedding dress is one of the most exciting, fun parts of the whole lead up to your wedding. There’s nothing more thrilling than the moment you turn to the mirror and see yourself in your dream gown. However, there are some common mistakes that many brides make that can sabotage them when it comes to finding the right dress. Here are our top tips on what not to do while wedding dress hunting.

  1. Don’t Buy The Dress First

Because dress shopping is one of the best moments in the planning process, many brides rush into to boutiques and stores before they’ve even set a date or found their venue. This could be a major error. Your dress should fit into the overall tone, theme and look of your wedding, so buying it first could leave you with a style that doesn’t quite suit the rest of the day. Wait until you know where you’re going to be and what weather to expect before taking the plunge and buying a dress.

  1. Don’t Bow To Discount Pressure

A decent gown with a major discount tag tacked on might be tempting- everyone likes to find a bargain, after all. Don’t feel pressured into buying a gown just because it’s on sale. If you don’t love it, don’t buy it.

  1. Don’t Order The Size 0

We know, we know, you’re going to lose 10 pounds before the big day. Don’t count on it, though. Many brides fall into the trap of ordering a dress a couple sizes too small in the hopes that it’ll fit in six month’s time. Assume that you’re going to be the same size, and go with the measurements that fit your body. If your diet does succeed, you can always have it taken in.

  1. Don’t Be Close Minded

You may have always pictured yourself wearing a fishtail style, or a lace gown, but try to be open minded when you go to try dresses on. You might not envision a particular flattering you but give yourself the chance to be surprised- you can always take it right off if it looks awful.