10 Steps to Wedding Dress Shopping

There are many ideas for how to wedding dress shop but if you want 10 quick but smart steps, here’s a great list. These steps come from planner Holly Gray of Anything But Gray Events! These will save you time and stress. Plus Extra tips for even more success!

Originally published on January 12, 2020 by Holly Gray for AnythingButGrayEvents.com

10 Steps to Wedding Dress Shopping Success


Listen, there are some brides that have been fantasizing about their wedding dress since they were ten, and there are many more brides who….well, haven’t. The good news is, either way, you are golden! Even if you haven’t been dreaming dresses your whole life, it’s still good to know your general likes and dislikes before heading into a wedding dress shopping trip. Look online for general wedding dress shapes and styles to give you a better idea of your style and what you gravitate towards.


Consider looking at your own closet. What styles do you wear most? Looking at what you already own and like to wear might give you the best insight into your favorite styles and ultimately what you might be looking for in a wedding dress.

Jenn Emerling Photography


This is a common mistake many overzealous brides think they need to do. While trying on lots of dresses might seem like a good idea, in theory, it actually might end up confusing you more. Rely on the wedding dress store attendant to help you pick out between 5-9 dresses you want to try on. Heading into the double digits might lead to wedding brain overload!

Julie Shuford Photography of Namaste and Crochet wedding dress


For goodness sake, wear your best underwear! This is not the time for your old granny panties or “Aunt Flo” drawers to come out of hiding from the bowels of your dresser. Listen, we ALL have those pairs but this is just not the time to strut them! Wearing flattering undergarments that will make you feel your best is key. The last thing you want to do is go into a wedding dress shopping appointment feeling down about yourself. You won’t be alone in the fitting room either, as the store attendant will help you dress and undress, so make sure to cover your biznass!


If Spanx or different bra options are something you think you might want to try on with a wedding dress, throw them in your purse. No sense wearing them to the fitting until you know what kind of dresses you will be trying on.

Aurelia D’Amore Photography


For many brides, wedding dress shopping can be an emotional rollercoaster. Whether it’s a concern about body positivity, family drama, costs, or the worry you won’t ultimately find the “right” dress, feelings can bubble up. It’s natural and totally understandable! The opposite is also true. If you are not an emotional person, it’s ok! Don’t feel like waterworks are necessary if you find “the one”. How many times in your life do you get to try on so many pretty dresses? Just be yourself! Make it a fun, and pampering experience that leaves you in happy tears! (or not!)

Peterson Design & Photography of Rmine wedding jumpsuit


Each boutique will have its own set of rules/requests/requirements. Feel free to ask what they may be before making an appointment. Most every boutique will ask for your contact information, date, and venue as standard practice. They need to know the time frame (wedding dresses can take up to 6 months to get) they are working with as well as the wedding location to best fit a dress to the venue’s atmosphere.

Some other rules/requests/requirements could be:

  • No perfume or scented deodorants as they can linger on dresses.
  • No heavy makeup or dark lipstick colors as they can stain dresses.
  • No taking photographs of the dress style/design number. This is due to the concern you might be looking to copy dress styles.
  • Limiting the number of guests in attendance. This is to help keep the appointment flowing and positive. See #8.

There are more valuable steps from Holly Gray. Don’t miss the last 5 of the 10 Steps to Wedding Dress Shopping Success

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