My Biggest Dress Shopping Mistake

Picking the right wedding dress isn’t easy  for many brides. Besides a large price range and style options, it’s easy to see why dress shopping can be a hand full.  Judith uses her own experience to pass on some great tips.  Take a look!


The Biggest Mistake I Made When Shopping for My Wedding Dress

Originally published on January 26th, 2019 by Judith Jones for Who What Wear

I think of myself as a good decision maker. I can choose a dish from a lengthy restaurant menu easily and efficiently. I can pick an image to post on Instagram quickly and competently. I can decide what coffee maker to buy from the depths of Amazon in one fell swoop. But when it came to buying my wedding dress, I was clearly not this way.

Let me preface: I absolutely loved shopping for my wedding dress—the excitement, the fun, the free-flowing champagne, feeling like I was Carrie Bradshaw in the first SATC movie twirling and posing in a stream of over-my-price-range extravagant gowns. But the feeling soon starts to fade when you’re faced with making the final decision on something that will probably be the most expensive item you’ll ever own. The so-called “magical” experience was, quite frankly, stressful.

In my head, I knew exactly what I wanted in terms of style and silhouette (a long-sleeve, dropped-waist French lace gown with a bateau neckline and romantic low back—how’s that for specific?), but once I started trying on more dresses, visiting more bridal boutiques, and following more wedding dress Instagram accounts, I started drowning in a pool of ivory taffeta, and I couldn’t come up for air.

This was the biggest mistake I made when shopping for my wedding dress. I tried on close to 50 wedding dresses! Ironically, the very first dress I originally slipped on was the one I really wanted. But the process was addictive. Just one more bridal appointment, just one more dress, just in case there’s a better one out there… For three months, I tried on dresses.

Amanda James, owner and designer of Amanda James Bridal in Los Angeles, advises sticking to “around five gowns per appointment. Once you have your shape, the journey gets easier and you can focus in on that specific silhouette, rather than try on an overwhelming number of gowns.”

A piece of advice: When you find the dream dress you love, buy it! Be proud of your choice, and then stop shopping. It will only make you nuts.

I learned a few other great tips and tricks when going through this shopping process. Start inexpensive and work your way up. James adds, “The cost of alterations can also be surprising. Most gowns ordered through boutiques will need tailoring once received. It’s a good idea to price this out ahead of time, as it can be an unexpected addition to your budget.”

Go shopping with an open mind.

Don’t bring a large entourage to your bridal appointment. Too many conflicting thoughts and opinions could potentially upset and overwhelm you.


Read the full article and hear more about Judith’s experience and helpful hints by going to The Biggest Mistake I Made When Shopping for My Wedding Dress

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